Artist info


Rock, Punk

Sounds like

Ramones, Blues Explosion, the band

band members

Coops - Drums/B.Vocals Jules - Guitar/Vocals


Big Muff, Open G tuning, tamborine and cowbell

Unearthed artists we like

The Watt Riot


Following on from the release of their single ‘Burn It Up’, Melbourne’s party rock n’ rollers The Cheats have just unleashed their debut album 'Hats Off To The Cheats' through Australia's premier garage rock label, Off The Hip records . Armed with two vintage guitar amps and a beat-up drum-kit, The Cheats have recorded 13 tracks of live-wire party rock n roll that is making waves and bringing good times wherever it is heard. The two misfits, Julian Tovey (vocals, guitar) and Tom “Coops” Cooper (drums, vocals) met in 2004 when they joined The Flaming Lips onstage at The Big Day Out dressed in furry animal costumes. Not long after they went on tour through the US and UK with Riff Random - Coops as guitar tech and Jules on Bass. It was over a beer at The Espy once they had returned, that they first talked about starting a band. It was later in 2005 that they started jamming and the songs began to flow, creating a high energy sound based on equal parts rock n roll, blues and punk. Supporting the likes of Eagles Of Death Metal, Bob Log III, Louis XIV, The Zoobombs, British India, Spazzys, The Exploders, Cosmic Psychos, The Meanies, The Grates, The Drones, Brank Bjork & The Bros, The Lost Gospel and Spencer P Jones, The Cheats have cemented their electric live show and developed a growing fan base all over town. The Cheats also recently served as the rhythm section for Shooting at Unarmed Men, the new band from Jon Chapple (ex-Mclusky), co-writing and recording their 3rd album ‘Triptych’. Coops has also just returned from a tour playing drums in the live stage show of psychadelic kids TV show 'Yo Gabba Gabba'. Things will not be slowing down for The Cheats, after winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition, having songs featured in both seasons of Channel 9’s crime-drama Underbelly, and finally releasing a killer debut album, The Cheats are gonna bring the good times with ‘em, and make one hell of a racket along the way! Email: