In anticipation of the band’s performance at the 10th Anniversary of the reanimated RIO (Rock In Opposition) Festival this September, SKiN GRAFT is releasing newly remastered special editions of two of the band’s greatest albums: "Salad Days" and " Trading Balloons".
Salad Days: Remastered LP
Trading Balloons : Remastered MOD CD
On "Salad Days", New York’s Downtown Music Gallery writes:
“Salad Days” is a feel good masterpiece of expansive, hypnotic math rock and so much more from the 1997-1999 period of Cheer-Accident. The orchestration is incredible, with extended lush passages fading in and out of proggy grooves and heavenly weirdo sing-a-longs. To me it's like a math rock version of Hatfield and the North. It's really that amazing. There's no question it's a classic of avant-rock, demanding the attention of a wider audience.”
On "Trading Balloons":
Recorded just prior to “Salad Days”, and originally self-released by the band in a very limited edition, the 52 minute song “Trading Balloons” anticipated the direction the band would take in years to come - exploring a dizzying blend of musical styles: from Zeppelin-esque bombast to folk-tinged Americana to Stravinsky-flavored progressive rock to cinematic melodrama and beyond.
"SALAD DAYS : REMASTERED":
1. Graphic Depression / trt: 11:20
2. Insomnia / trt: 03:06
3. Graphic Depression / trt: 00:53
4. Post-Premature / trt: 02:09
5. Salad Days / trt: 18:51
"TRADING BALLOONS : REMASTERED":
1. Trading Balloons / trt: 52:22
H I G H L I G H T S :
o Both albums extensively remastered by Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple and Dead Rider and redesigned by SKiN GRAFT Records' Mark Fischer.
o "Salad Days" recorded by Steve Albini and pressed on vinyl for the first time ever. Record includes randomly mixed Colored Vinyl LP and collectible wrap-around Obi.
o "Trading Balloons" receives its first ever commercial release! Guests on "Trading Balloons" include Bobby Conn and Darin Gray of Dazzling Killmen and Brise-Glace.
o CHEER-ACCIDENT will be touring the USA and EUROPE and will be performing at France’s RIO Festival alongside GONG, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE and FAUST this September.
P R E S S Q U O T E S :
“One of the most fascinating creative careers in the modern American
underground - in any medium. Imagine a confluence of the grandeur of Yes, the range of This Heat, the irreverence of Ween, the poignancy of Elliott Smith and the mischief of Andy Kaufman, and you’ll be getting close to the net effect of Cheer-Accident’s musical output since its formation in 1981.” - Signal To Noise
“Cheer-Accident are the quintessential Chicago post-rock band... a higher-brow variety of avant-rock that covers ground as diverse as falsetto vocal vignettes, orchestral dissonant horn lines, Van Dyke Parks-ian rainy-day pop, cubist piano compositions, ambient cinematic excursions, noise collages, free-form freakouts, and every kind of noodley and angular guitar manifestation possible.” - Pitchfork
“Cheer-Accident is worth deliberate investigation.” - NPR: Fresh Air
is clearly the underdog of Chicago. Always unpredictable, always entertaining,
but darn hard to pigeonhole. Imagine an indie prog band, an emo band that
can laugh at itself, or a band that might get compared to Trans Am or
the Champs (but has probably never heard either), or maybe the best bet
is to set that blender on "10" and dream about Steely Dan, Chicago (the
band) and U.S Maple. CHEER-ACCIDENT thrills in dissonance and odd chord
changes, yet are undeniably A POP BAND. Chicago has had its share of indie
giants, like Tortoise, Joan Of Arc, Shellac, The Sea And Cake, Seam, and
Don Cab to name a few. Cheer-Accident fits right in among the crevices.
But they sneak in the back door, taking things to another level, with
songwriting that will make you cry, musicianship that will make you tremble,
and the hooks and the looks needed to go down in musical history. CHEER-ACCIDENT
has an eccentric sense of humor that combines a lush pop style with bursts
of bizarre changes; at just about the point where you become convinced
that any given song could make it on commercial radio, they "blow it"
with some left-field turn straight off a cliff. Their latest album, and
first for SkiN GRAFT is "Salad Days", a celebration that music is being
made at all - A Hi-Fi invitation to the band«s explorations into the dark
world of lo fi consciousness (mixed by Steve Albini!!!). Tap in and fell
the most rewarding album of the year .
Click HERE to read the recent feature on Cheer-Accident from The Chicago Reader.
Click HERE to read the Chicago Reader's article on the passing of Phil Bonnet.