well, well…. The same ol’ story…Yet another hopeful L.A. act
without a record deal!! We’ve seen these bands reappear through the
years of the new millennium…For example, take a band like BLIND DATE -
The same story… Widespread acclaim from fans and radio stations back
in the day, but their style was, arguably, too formulaic to secure any
major record deal, and this is the exact same problem with SWEET CHEATER.
They had the posed look, they bought the right boots, and they drank the
right whiskey (Jack D. of course!) but some things just weren’t meant
you might have guessed this is just another one of those
wannabe-popular-on-MTV acts, but, having said that, I must admit that
Perris Records have struck gold this time! This is far better than many
of those so-called lost gems that find their way into many a collection
nowadays. They’ve got a slick production, but still with those raw
edges. Clear sounding instruments all the way. This fact, that the
production is rather unique really took me by surprise! Pretty average
material though, but still played with full conviction. Comparisons to
bands like WILDSIDE, McQUEEN STREET, POISON and SLAUGHTER are hard to
avoid here, but this band could arguably have competed against the best
of the hair bands, had they just had their shot back then!
CHEATER didn’t get far but if you dig that no-bones-about-it lifestyle
and sound of L.A. then this one will surely add that extra bit of
firepower to any Friday night!