Mp3 of the Week: Cheater Pint

DOWNLOAD: Cheater Pint, "Control Freak" (mp3)

As their name suggests, CHEATER PINT is a bar band — but a bar band in a great Boston tradition that stretches from the Charms and the Dents back to the Lyres and the Real Kids. Call it garage punk if you must, or find some new synonym for the kind of ragged power pop that boasts too many hooks and too much heart for a gang who couldn't give a shit about playing sober. On "Control Freak," which is already getting local airplay, frontwoman Lauran O'Neal nails the Fastbacks' sugary grit and the Go-Go's beach-grrrl harmonies while former Barbaro toughie Meaghan McLaughlin, on bass, anchors a Throbbing Lobster–ish rhythm section.

Check out the release party for their debut, Dark Side of the Pint, at T.T. the Bear’s Place on September 14 with the Figgs and the Gravel Pit.

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