Cheer-Accident have just released their 20th album, Chicago XX, whose cover pays terry-cloth tribute to the band once known as the Chicago Transit Authority. In terrible times, it’s important to treasure reassuring things, including brilliant but underappreciated local musicians who just don’t give up. Founded in 1981, this constantly mutating nexus of straight-faced but smart-assed prog rock and distressing multimedia weirdness first played a live show in 1987, and they’re celebrating the release of their latest album 32 years later. With the new Chicago XX, their third full-length in three years, these indefatigable weirdos have hit a hot streak late in the fourth decade of their career.
Cheer-Accident celebrate 20 albums as a beacon of prog-rock absurdity. The band began literally in the opening seconds of 1981 during a New Year’s brainstorming party which included Thymme Jones on piano, Mike Greenlees on drums, and Jim Drummond on stream-of-consciousness vocals. Three months later, the group found a name via a category of greeting cards that Thymme noticed at a Hallmark store in Palatine, Illinois.
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, Cheer-Accident has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, Cheer Accident strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. Over the years there have been many musicians in the band, but the current line-up is, Jeff Libersher- guitar, trumpet, vocals, Thymme Jones- drums, trumpet, vocals, piano; noises, Dante Kester- bass, Amelie Morgan- keyboards, oboe, vocals.
The band states, «We’ve made it to XX!! Yes, it took longer than it took Chicago to make it here, but that didn’t prevent us from calling it Chicago XX, did it? It’s a potent little sucker, too. Maybe we shouldn’t still be rocking out this much at our advanced age, but… well, we are! Harmony and dissonance, love and hate, oboes and drums… they all help to form this delicious and strange bedfellowship».
In the absence of music from the new album, here are Introducing Lemon full album!