It’s been a great 2015 for Cheats. Aside from releasing a well-received debut album this year, they have also managed to make a name for themselves on the local gigging circuit with their energetic live shows and they also caught the attention the international festival scene with the announcement that they will be playing at the Laneway festival in Singapore.
For the month of September, we shine the spotlight Cheats and reviewed their brilliant self-titled record. But now that the month is over, we have one more thing left on our agenda. We asked the members of Cheats to curate a special playlist for us filled with some of their favorite songs. For a band with a singular artistic vision like Cheats, some people might find it surprising that their curated playlist is anything but predictable. It’s an eclectic mix of pop hits and indie rock classics, and is a perfect listen for this cloudy Wednesday afternoon.
Candy Gamos – Vocalist
- White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
- Kasabian – “Club Foot”
- Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”
Jason Caballa – Guitarist
- Battles – “Atlas”
Caught these guys live at the Mosaic Festival in 2009 (when they were still a four-piece), and I’m really stoked that I’ll get to see them again. Probably the only math rock band that I really like, and I hate that term.
- Savages – “Shut Up”
The best of the post-punk era in one androgynously sexy package: Siouxsie-esque vocals, Daniel Ash guitars, and a rhythm section that has more groove than Joy Division. I’ve never been to Laneway, but I regret not seeing them there in 2014. I eagerly await their next record.
- Broken Social Scene feat. Feist – “Almost Crimes”
Cheats now officially has four guitar players (including Jim), and I think we look up to Broken Social Scene because they’ve always made such a large live lineup possible without making any of the instruments clash with each other. We’re rarely at full force nowadays, but we can still make quite a (tuneful) racket nonetheless.
Saab Magalona – Vocalist
- Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Encapsulates all my worries. When I hear it, my vision turns black and white and everybody’s heads are made of papier mâché.. Just kidding, it’s just a really good song that de-stresses me. The french lines are my favorite.
- Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
Hate all you want, this song is, as the Biebs would say, “dope.” I would go to a club and dance all night as long as this played on loop.
- Tennis – “Marathon”
A song to pick me up when I need to re-energize. I could be stuck in EDSA but when this is playing I might as well be on a boat.
Mau Torralba – Guitarist
- Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief”
This song is an easy song to trip out to for me. It makes me feel like i’m swimming in a pool of psychedelia.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”
The first RHCP song I ever learned and memorized on the guitar. This song is one I definitely play on the iPod or on the guitar whenever I feel down emotionally. Sad lyrics mixed with happy chords are always welcome in my book.
- Mac DeMarco – “Freaking Out the Neighborhood”
He made the song for his Mom and I thank him for this because now I have a song to dedicate to my Mom too.
Manny Tanglao – Bassist
- Real Estate – “Talking Backwards”
One of my favorite driving songs right now. Steady with nice riffs and melodies. Helps calm down the nerves with all the traffic these days.
- Warpaint – “Keep It Healthy”
I only started listening to these girls last year and I’ve been a fan ever since. This is my favorite from their self-titled album of 2013. I love the hauntingly groovy melody and brillant bass and drum work by Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa.
- Death Cab for Cutie – “Cath”
This one never gets old and fails to pick my spirits up. Apart from Ben Gibbard’s awesome song writing, Nick Harmer’s bass line here goes down in my top 5 riffs of…forever.
Jim Bacarro – Vocalist/Keyboardist
- Slothrust – “Crockpot”
Awesome bass line, killer arrangement and strong lyrics.
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Necessary Evil”
So many infectious hooks in this track. This song has been on constant loop.
- Fickle Friends – “For You”
Nothing beats a great melody. Amazing guitar parts with a great vocal especially in the chorus.
Enzo Hermosa – Drummer
- Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
- The Smashing Pumpkins – “Disarm”
- Foo Fighters – “Generator”