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The Cheek aiming for major glory
By Richard Haugh

The Cheek at Latitude 2009
Rory and Charlie live on the Lake Stage at Latitude 2009

Suffolk band The Cheek are poised for success after an impressive 2009.

The five-piece, who hail from the Woodbridge area, recorded their debut album in Belgium and signed to A&M Records.

In a busy year they've played Latitude, Harvest at Jimmy's and did a three-date summer tour of the Suffolk coast.

"We started off just playing friends' house parties and didn't really start taking it seriously until 2007," said singers Rory and Charlie.

The five piece hail from various parts of Suffolk and went to Woodbridge School.

They started life as Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds, but shortened it in 2009.

"Two of us live in Woodbridge and the other three are just up the A12 near Saxmundham. One of them is from Framlingham, the city of love," singers Rory and Charlie told BBC Suffolk when we first met in early 2008.

As on stage, Rory and Charlie share vocal duties when being interviewed.

The Cheek at Latitude 2009

The conversation was interesting and lively, but with sentences often being started by one member and finished by the other it soon became difficult to put a name to the voice.

Ipswich indie scene

Along with the desire to spread their wings, they say a lack of options in Suffolk was the motivation behind them becoming regulars in Norwich and London.

"It's quite difficult as the indie scene in Ipswich has died down quite a bit recently. I don't think it's even a scene at the moment.

"There's one alright venue - The Steamboat - which we love playing. But there's not really a following for live music in Ipswich at all.

"We haven't really focused on Ipswich for a long enough period of time, partly because the lack of an indie scene. We do have a good fanbase there though and a lot of people message us on MySpace.

"The Drum and Monkey did well for a bit - getting some really good bands. We played a few gigs there and they got some really good bands in.

"But then the roof fell in and it's now a pool bar, literally."

Maida Vale

Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq was amongst the first to pick up on the band's potential and invited Cheeky Cheeky to record a session at the Maida Vale studios in 2008.

The Cheek in Southwold
Hanging out in Southwold during Cheeky Cheeky days

They also joined the hotly-tipped Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong on tour.

"We played a show with them in Camden and they really liked us and asked if we'd join their tour. It's great - there's more and more people singing along as we go around the country.

"We've just filmed our video and the single's coming out - hopefully a headline tour will follow."

The debut single Slow Kids, was released on Tired and Lonesome Records on 10 March 2008.

"It's a song about us. It's not in any way derogatory - it's celebrating ourselves more than anything. Us and the people who come to our shows."

The band also appeared at the inaugural BBC Suffolk Introducing gig in Ipswich in 2008, played backstage sessions for us at the Latitude Festival in 2008 and 2009 and at the first Harvest at Jimmy's festival in 2009.

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