‘Even in Jest’ is the sparkling, vibrant debut album for London based trio Cheerbleederz. The band have been working together since they met through having mutual musical circles, as all members also play in other bands. They realised that they all were the only women in their other projects, so thought it would be good to create an all female band together. They prioritise friendship and collobration, and it shines through on this excellent full length debut, a follow up to their 2020 EP ‘Lobotomy’.

Harmonious vocals, relatable lyrics and a sweet blend of rock, pop and alternative make this a stand out album. The songs on ‘Even Jest’ could easily be the newest incarnation of ‘Brit Pop’, their style not dissimilar to the likes of Elastica and The Breeders. Stand out track for me is ‘Cute as Hell’, a song full of catchy hooks and a fantastic build up to a punky crescendo.

I love that the album explores fasty, more rockier edged songs but also gives us calmer, slower ballad-like songs, such as ‘Love/Hurt’ with its 80’s influenced’ style. Cheerbleederz keeps us guessing, as the style of the music shifts and changes with each track.

With the likes of Radio X and BBC6 Music already giving them airplay, and a plethora of positive reviews appearing all the time, this looks to be just the beginning of a bright career ahead for this exciting new band.

‘Even in Jest’ is out now on Alcopop! Records and is available through Bandcamp


Review by Hayley Foster da Silva

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