Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Dan Vapid and The Cheats: S/T (2012)
Weasel's rushed-sounding EP reeks of self-pity and petulance (see the title track or "Under the Bus" for damning evidence). On the other hand, Vapid, who's also been in Sludgeworth, The Riverdales, The Methadones and Noise By Numbers, has picked himself up from a devastating loss and begun yet another new band, Dan Vapid and The Cheats. Vapid's new band draw on '77 punk, power pop, new wave and sixties girl group ('natch) to delirious effect. Killer tunes like "Baby Baby Get Over Yourself" and "Heartbeat" survey the wreckage of the past with steely-eyed optimism and a near-complete absence of bitterness.