Get In The Car with Cheena
Ahhh, cars. The next step into adulthood after awkward junior high boners and mortifying gym class periods. You can't wait to get your license because, well, cars equal freedom. You can get a lot further away from your parents a lot faster with a car. You get to play your own music in a car, look cool in a car and hell, you might even get laid in a car. It's no wonder turning 16 has such huge implications. Of course, over time, you realize how immature you were to be driving and probably can't believe that somebody actually let get behind the wheel of their car, or even worse, bought you one. From befriending people older than you just so you can drive around with a learners permit to barely holding on to the hood of a car while someone spins high speed donuts in an icy parking lot to turning 10 day road trips into three month benders to fish-tailing past a police car on a dirt road while shitfaced to turning the headlights off while flying down a highway in a snowstorm just to make Black Sabbath's Supertzar sound even scarier, cars have been an exhilarating source of excitement since teenagers became a marketing tool. And most of us are probably pretty happy we made it through those first few years of vehicular responsibility without much more than a good story to tell
Cheena is a relatively new band out of New York. Boasting members from Crazy Spirit, Pharmakon and Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, they got together in 2014, all picked up an instrument they were unaccustomed to playing in their other bands and started making a racket. The great Sacred Bones label liked said racket, put out their debut 7 inch in 2015 and just released their first full length, Spend The Night With.... on Aug 5th. Dirty rock and roll with a bit of a twang and a little touch of trippy, I'm playing this album a lot and Car happens to be my favorite track, hence the reminiscing above. Some West Coast tour dates coming up including one right here in Vancouver at the Astoria on August 21. You can drive your car there, but only if you promise not to do any of the things listed above.