If you ask me who my favorite live band is right now, I would answer “Cheats!” without skipping a beat. And if you’ve ever been to one of their shows, you’ll understand why. First off, there’s a lot of them onstage, which makes it a joy to watch. Second, there’s an infectious energy whenever they perform. Third, they play really well together.
For a band as chaotic and as energetic as Cheats, you would expect the music to suffer… but no. It still amazes me how they hold things together when everything else is in danger of falling apart. In short, Cheats made me want to go out and watch shows again and for that I’ll always be grateful.
Cheats is an indie rock collective comprised of Jim Bacarro, Saab Magalona, Candy Gamos, Ernest Aguila, Mau Torralba, Manny Tanglao, Enzo Hermosa, and more recently Jason Caballa of Pedicab and Twisted Halo fame. To describe their sound would do them a huge disservice, but suffice it to say, their brand of indie rock is something that is truly refreshing. They are loud, they sound big, and it is glorious. The harmonies between vocalists Saab Magalona, Jim Bacarro, and Candy Gamos are at the center of the band’s sound and they’re all the better for it.
After bursting onto the scene seemingly from out of nowhere, the band has since played a lot of shows and gathered a slew of fans because of their live shows. They managed to perfect their sound pretty much from performing live, and now they are a force to be reckoned with. Recently, they even released their self-titled debut album produced by none other than Ely Buendia.
Cheats are poised for world domination, and they have all the tools to do it: great musicianship, a whole lot of charm, and most importantly, a bunch kickass songs.
For the month of September, we will be featuring Cheats as our artist of the month. Expect a review of their self-titled record here soon! In the meantime watch the video for the band’s single, “Accidents”, below.