‘Cheese Slices’ is the third single from idiosyncratic Derry post-punk quartet Invaderband’s second album, Peter Gabriel, which received widespread critical acclaim, and plays on both Irish and UK National radio (RTE2 / Today FM / BBC Radio 6Music / Radio X). The album was released last September and was placed at No. 17 in the Top 20 albums of 2021 by Danny McElhinney in The Irish Mail on Sunday.
Opening with a bright guitar line possibly channelled from The Stone Roses or The La’s, ‘Cheese Slices’ is a song drenched with cynicism; Frontman and songwriter Adam Leonard taking aim and pulling the lyrical trigger on an unnamed self-regarding band urging them to “Stop making music please … you’re as interesting as cheese”.
Of the track Leonard says: “I actually quite like cheese slices, so I’m not sure why I used them to signify tedium. Anyhow, to me the song is along similar lines to Morrissey’s “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”. There’s always a band you hate, who are doing better than you, and who are very obviously worse than you in every conceivable way, and it’s a head scratcher … It’s my “Positively 4th Street” but with added processed dairy squares”.
To promote the single, Invaderband will be playing some dates in June:
Psychotic Reaction Presents
11 June / Dublin / Fibber Magees
Table It! Promotions Presents
17 June / Belfast / McHughs Basement
Tectona Grandis Presents
18 June / Derry / Bennigans
Invaderband are a garage/art rock band assembled in Derry, Northern Ireland by Mancunian singer, guitarist and songwriter Adam Leonard, who enlisted local musicians to voltage-enhance his dystopian postpunk songs.
Their self-titled debut album arrived in January 2017 and was met with radio play throughout the UK & Ireland on BBC Radio 6Music (Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe & Tom Robinson), BBC Radio Ulster, RTE 2FM, RTE RNAG & Today FM, receiving widespread critical acclaim and a shortlist in the Northern Ireland Music Prize for Album of the Year 2017.
Their second album ‘Peter Gabriel’ was released in September 2021, preceded by 2 singles ‘I Won’t Remember You’ and ‘Handcuffed Man Shoots Himself’, the former being shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize Best Single Of 2021.
As with the debut album, ‘Peter Gabriel’ received widespread critical acclaim, and plays on both Irish and UK National radio (RTE2 / Today FM / BBC Radio 6Music / Radio X). The album was placed at No. 17 in the Top 20 albums of 2021 by Danny McElhinney in The Irish Mail on Sunday.
The quartet have played shows all over Ireland and Northern Ireland including Other Voices Dingle (2021), and their singles have been selected by Steve Lamacq’s 6Music Recommends show twice.
Invaderband are: Adam Leonard – Vocals | Chris McConaghy – Guitar | James Cunningham – Bass | Tom Doherty – Drums