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CHEETO'S MAGAZINE

Crossover Prog • Spain


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In summer 2005, Esteban NAVARRO and Manel ORELLA (keys and guitar) got together to perform a series of bizarre shows as a funny and singular duet. Not really good stuff but great fun! A year later they decided to increase the family, bringing in Dídac GARCÍA (bass) and Joan MONTANÉ (drums). That was it, a real band! But... would they be able to face the progrock challenge? It took a year to prepare an hour of a proggy repertoire, and in 2007, it finally saw the light of day.

The show was fresh and surprising, and the childish manners and image of the band, specially through their frontman, Esteban, quickly took a place on the audience hearts. In 2009 they recorded some of the best songs of that period on the EP ''ALL THE CHICKENS IN THE BOWL''. After two more years of shows and writing new stuff, in 2012 they got involved on their big project, the recording of a full length album, 'BOILING FOWLS'!!

2013 was a hard year, fully devoted to the studio. No playing, no shows, no fun... but it was worth it! Finally in early 2014 'BOILING FOWLS' was ready to be presented to the prog community. An intense album, fresh, innovative and full of love for prog. Boiling Fowls was ready to eat the world! At the end of the recording sessions, the drummer, Joan MONTANE, left the band, and two more members were included to complete the project, Matias LIZANA on keys and vocals, and Eric ROVIRA on drums and vocals.

Now, in summer 2014...

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Boiling Fowls
2014
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Tasty Old Snacks
2017

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 Boiling Fowls by CHEETO'S MAGAZINE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 58 ratings

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Cheeto's Magazine Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Spanish band CHEETO'S MAGAZINE have been around since at least 2009 in one form or another, but was and I suspect still is a fairly unknown quantity in the world of progressive rock. As many other bands have opted to do, they self-released their debut album, "Boiling Fowls", an event which took place in 2014.

To be able to make fun of something, it's usually a good idea to know rather intimately the subject that is the target of your humorous escapades. That tends to ensure that the fun is done tongue in cheek and with respect rather than with ridicule. I get the impression that Cheeto's Magazine is doing just that, having a slight bit of a laugh with progressive rock and related genres, and creating the laughs from a base of intimate knowledge and a strong affection for the landscapes explored.

This fine production kicks off with a massive, epic length composition called Nova America. 25 minutes of symphonic progressive rock, sporting plenty of keyboard driven passages, multiple themes, well developed vocal harmonies, liberally flavored with whimsical details and dominant effects both in the instrument and vocals department. The kind of creation that I suspect may be inspired by the likes of Spock's Beard, but with some core characteristics that can be traced back to good, old Yes.

The rest of this album is a slightly different kettle of fish. Book-ended by charming, richly keyboards layered synth pop tunes, we're then transported into a section of six songs that is a fun and tongue in cheek take on a number of different varieties of progressive rock and related genres. A key feature throughout are whimsical keyboard sounds and effects, of the kind that if not in sound and style then at least in approach have some striking similarities to old British progressive rock, arguably even with some Canterbury inspired details here and there, applied to material that range from almost pop oriented progressive rock to the symphonic varieties, and also with a number of harder edged affairs with rich and vibrant guitar riffs as a core feature. At times combining with vocal arrangements that makes a mention of Queen and Freddie Mercury unavoidable, and on an occasion or two with intense passages bordering metal in style and scope. But just about always with a whimsical detail or two happening or about to be played out. Towards the end the band even takes a giant leap outside of their main path to add in some jazz to the proceedings on second to last track Naughty Boy.

The end result is an album of positive, vibrant and fun progressive rock. Uplifting and whimsical in a good way, with enough quirks and twists to satisfy most progheads in the structure department, with a great array of what appears to be vintage sounding keyboards and of course with room for some organ as well, a sophisticated tongue in cheek production that makes a bit of fun on progressive rock, done with style, care and a great deal of affection. An album that merits an inspection by progressive rock fans that enjoys a good smile and a warm laugh, especially those who have an affection for material of a harder edged nature at that.

 Boiling Fowls by CHEETO'S MAGAZINE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 58 ratings

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Cheeto's Magazine Crossover Prog

Review by lucas
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4 stars First album of the nutty band Cheeto's Magazine, 'Boiling Fowls' is a blend of humour and pastiche. In fact, although delivering a progressive music, they stay far from the cliches of bands that take themselves too seriously by playing a complex music just to answer criteria specific to the genre. Here, technique serves humour. In this album, the will to set free from the codes of classic progressive rock is very strong. The opening epic is a good example of this state of mind. A pastiche of Heavy Metal (filled with zappaesque shouts that match perfectly the image of the hen crying for help on the album front cover) is indeed sandwiched between two punchy sections in the vein of Spock's Beard, mixing cheerful voices, catchy rhythms, anthemic guitars and alarmed synths. The transition to a ballad in the second Beard-like slice, together with strings, come as as salvation sign to the hen's fate. Other elements support the humorous aim of the band. First, the pastiches of electro music "The driver and the cat" and its little sister-song "Driver French" are very surprising as they contrast sharply with the other songs, and mark a risk taking that can only be acclaimed for a band that produces a music targeting an elitist audience. Then, synths also were arranged to add to the humour. They are wriggling in the very catchy "Volcano burger" with its big drums, and in the eclectic "Octopus soup" and "Fat frosties". Synths can also be hilarious, as in "Four Guitars" and "Fat frosties". Moreover, winks to videogames are apparent in "The driver and the cat", and once again in "Octopus soup" and "Fat frosties". The voices also delve into many territories, and as with synths, humour is always present. Put an ear to "Teddy Bears" and its chant turning from rock pastiche to gospel. But listen also to the canon voices that our four lads from Spain "butcher" maliciously (yet with elegance) in the epic and in "Octopus soup". And it's not all, as one can enjoy a tribute to Dave Vanian of The Damned in "Octopus soup", but also take delight in the pastiche of opera choirs on "Naughty Boy", a track where lead vocals are very close to the universe of Mike Patton at the time he was with Faith No More. In a nutshell, if you were looking for the answer to Frank Zappa's question "does humour belong in music?", Cheeto's Magazine brought it to you !
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