Editors’ Notes The Cast of Cheers is a quartet of smart, cheeky Irish lads who make bubbling, boisterous, tightly constructed pop that has your brain doing calisthenics while your feet move uncontrollably. Its sophomore album, Family, simmers like a stew of The Foals, Kaiser Chiefs, and Battles, spiced with a dash of El Grincho and garnished with a little XTC sweetness just before serving. Guitars weave intricate, Afropop-inflected patterns, while the rhythm section ticks the time with ferocious tenacity and vocalist Conor Adams shouts vocals that are both witty and repetitious (to help drive those hooks in). Opening with the title track—a jittery gem that The Police might have written one delirious, sleepless night in 1979—Family surges with other relentlessly high-energy tunes, using sped-up guitar loops to carve mile-deep grooves (see “Posé Mit”). Swaggering, infectious rockers like “Human Elevator” and rousing power pieces like “Animals” and “Goose” use cavernous toms and buzzing synths in their machinelike precision. The heart and humor—not to mention smarts—of Family suggest that finding The Cast of Cheers' elusive debut (2010’s Chariot) might be a worthwhile endeavor.

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