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Spend The Night With… is the debut album from NYC’s Cheena, released on Sacred Bones Records. Having made something of a name for themselves a few years ago as a NYC punk supergroup of sorts (members have also played in Anasazi, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Crazy Spirit, Dawn Of Humans, Perdition, and countless others), the band released a demo to immediate fanfare. Two years and a 7” later, Cheena hits audiences with a long-player mellowing the west coast, Gun Club-worshipping cowpunk of earlier releases and coating the sound in a glitz and glam far more familiar to the streets of NYC. Spend The Night With… strips cowpunk down to its most primally bluesy and builds it back up with the glammed-out proto-punk of New York Dolls. As ever, the tracks maintain a laid-back country swagger, emphasized by the drawling slide guitar and vocals alternating between staccato proto-punk angst and the sun-soaked languor of early Real Estate records – such as on “Electric Snoopy Gang.” Spend The Night With… manages to offer enough growth to keep Cheena from sounding stale without shaking up the overall formula too much.

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