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Guilty Pleasure

by Cheem

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1.
Virtual Boy 01:12
Knock me out before I get a chance to speak I don’t trust myself to act the way I ought to be I got things up in my head that you don’t wanna hear But trust me, they’re sincere Fuck all that noise, that shit’s drilling a hole in my head Can’t hear a word that you said Bouncing around, got me trying to drown in my bed Fuck you mean, “let’s get this bread”? I’m just looking to find another me So I can keep rolling through my fantasies And not be made to participate in games I don’t wanna play And amount to absolutely nothing
2.
Snag 01:55 video
You thought that I was different, well I am But not better, just a different kind of bad And in the aftermath you’ll see my cape was just a red flag And I just have to laugh, I snagged your trust, you can’t take it back And I’ll keep ruining relationships If I can keep squeezing these songs out of it I’ll keep being a piece of shit If I can figure out how to make the crowd love it Action, camera, lights, I’m Mr. Right, Till the second you believe that I’m a nice guy Then I walk through walls, disappear, and fly Anything to get me out of your life I know just why you wanna go out with me I don’t write bars, I write alchemy I can turn lies into gold And I can turn gold into salary Never be hourly, I cannot work on a clock We do it all on the spot, ready or not Slip out of your death grip and you get got I don’t even show up in the shot Do you wanna hurt me? Cuz I’m gonna let you in on a little secret It’s way too late to pass back the pain And now you’re gonna have to keep it So you wanna hurt me, I think I can handle whatever you put me through If I was in your shoes I’d wanna hurt me too And I could do it much better than you I’m just waiting for something to catch up to me I must have it coming eventually Losing friends, I won’t lose speed Cuz I can get away with anything
3.
Clueless 02:48
Well can you feel the change in pressure here? you're struggling to notice, that we're sick of all these focus groups and fabricated motives, It just takes a simple background check to see the truth revealed, that a room of businessmen worked hard and paid to make you seem real Tell me who you know from here, or why your soundcloud disappeared or which guy you're related to and how you bought a good review How's it feel to make believe you earned the things that you achieved? So when's it time to finally just turn around and take our lead? Get the picture, turn the other cheek now Get the picture, you're clueless, clueless Get the picture, turn the other cheek now Get the picture, turn the other cheek back to the shack, to the strat with the lightning strap, do you really think anyone thinks you mean that? the most surface level grasp of the modern taste to try and recapture fame cuz you lost the race So throw on some 808s, maybe add some dubstep and then you'll finally be on the cutting edge of 2010 and forget why people still come to see you live and watch the numbers drop while the new heads thrive admit you're getting old, your label's grip squeezed out your soul and now you're trying to use memes when you don't know what they mean just remember you're disconnected by years from your teens tell me how it used to be and how you're free from the industry and why new music isn't real then try to reach mainstream appeal Get the picture, turn the other cheek now Get the picture, you're clueless, clueless Get the picture, turn the other cheek now Get the picture, you're clueless, clueless
4.
Cheem Szn 02:44
Your friends, laugh at some things you won't tell em till the day that you have to that you, secretly have all their songs on your brain like a tattoo I can't believe you'd let em get to you But you know you should say so and you know that you want to Critics, slam your favorites Change your mind cuz you feel like you have to But you, feel it when you say it out loud and it sounds like a half-truth I can't believe you'd let em get to you But you should forget them You should do what you want to Don't go looking for fire if you're scared to burn I bet you want to see us stay miserable I thought this would be beautiful, now I don't know but it's too late to avoid it so enjoy the show Cold out the mold, I suppose I get knocked down by the wind you're taking in and then expelling from your mouth expect me wrecking the predilections you came with not hard to do because y'all come with the same shit if you're individuals, why you move in a mob? and shut down other sounds like it's your motherfucking job you're clinging to a style, it's a sinking ship hot take: your hot takes are weaker than your riffs I'm not sorry, I'm not talking bout you unless you really want me to I'm the clout police, it's what I do come down the streets like *siren noise* I've fucked up more than once, there's no maybe and if you say you never did, you look shady everybody wants a piece, and I'm happy to please but it makes me wonder what they mean What's the matter with Kenny G? I won't knock it even it's not for me What's the matter with KKB? You can hate the voice and still respect the dream What's the matter with Sam and me? you can't step to a couple of fresh MCs what's the problem you have with Cheem? are you bitter cuz you can't compete? there's no, pleasure in feeling so guilty, just cuz you feel alone there's no, pleasure in feeling so guilty, trust me, you're not alone Don't go looking for fire if, you're scared to burn I bet you want to see us stay, miserable I thought this would be beautiful, now I don't know but it's too late to avoid it so, enjoy the show
5.
Overload 01:33
Quoting me, everybody else is just following me Sticking to myself, so I’ll keep the goods safe yeah From a million scary tweets scrolling on my feed So @ me, what’s the world like when you’re following me? Searching through my brain is a fucking catastrophe, yeah So I’m keeping all my thoughts right beside me Keep my eyes off the prize, I don’t care if it’s mine I’m online but away from the keys I wish this was some kind of sick joke I just find no humor in reality Try to dig your nails into me as I fade into the dark I ain’t stressed, if I just press the little x then I’m gone Not now, I could say so long, and staying’s so wrong But I need someone to see me Quoting me, everybody else is just following me Sticking to myself, so I’ll keep the goods safe yeah From a million scary tweets scrolling on my feed So @ me, what’s the world like when you’re following me? Searching through my brain is a fucking catastrophe, yeah So I’m keeping all my thoughts right beside me
6.
I found the trick behind the music scene And it’s worked out more times than I can count I’ve found the secret to this music thing, And it’s sitting in my bank account Cash rules my every move, my daily life is stifled by these Bills, bills, bills, the money train, you’ll follow it to Hell if I know what imma sell to get my ends to meet, I’m Broke, better hope you can pay if you want to succeed Now I want to feel like I’m a star, All these charades feel so bizarre, Don’t mind the camera in my face Just hate the way we pay to play, I’m not a servant or a god Just let me do my fucking job The minimum can’t hold me up My time slips by, it’s not enough Cash rules my every move, my daily life is stifled by these Bills, bills, bills, the money train, you’ll follow it to Hell if I know what imma sell to get my ends to meet, I’m Broke, better hope you can pay if you want to succeed I’m trying to break free, I don’t Know what it would take me To see all that I could achieve Without all of this money [BOBBY WOODY VERSE] Cash rules my every move, my daily life is stifled by these Bills, bills, bills, the money train, you’ll follow it to Hell if I know what imma sell to get my ends to meet, I’m Broke, better hope you can pay if you want to succeed
7.
Mango 02:28 video
I’ve got a grievance to air, well maybe more than a few, sick of the stage that I’m stuck in, no signs of passing through, We tried to make a tape to end it all, but everywhere they still compare us to American Football I wanna shake it up, and change myself I wanna switch my game but I'm at a loss for help If that's not bad enough, I'm losing my view cuz it goes fiction, rumor, now it's the truth I wish that I met you before you turned out this way, Maybe you wouldn’t have made up all the games you play, Don’t know how to feel about the scary things you say, No I don’t think it’s okay, Always got me thinking my one shot is on the line, It’s a sign (and you only like me half the time) I don’t know any better cuz I’ve got holes in my brain, and you’ve got holes in your sweater fuck what you thought, fuck what you heard, I’m about to blow the top off this shit, it’s so absurd how we try so hard to distance ourselves and still get panned we can even play dancehall and they still call us an emo band I want a new escape, this one is getting old I need that kind of rush but without the lack of growth I've had it up to here, but not enough to leave where else would take me in and let me be me? fake it till you make it if you’re made to fade away but if you know you got it then who cares what people say if we pretend we’re the best we’ll spread our sound to the youth cuz it goes fiction, rumor, now it’s the truth I wish that I met you before you turned out this way, Maybe you wouldn’t have made up all the games you play, Don’t know how to feel about the scary things you say, No I don’t think it’s okay, Always got me thinking my one shot is on the line, It’s a sign (and you only like me half the time) but I don’t know any better cuz I’ve got holes in my brain, and you’ve got holes in your sweater cuz it goes fiction, rumor, now it’s the truth
8.
Worldstar 02:29
yeah, it takes time it takes time to figure out it's not worth the fight but you know when you close your eyes you be thinking bout her like every night but you really don't know if it's worth a try to be honest, it's a truth that you don't want to find I'm not cut out to just be always on the run but I thought we'd be the ones to never lose the fun I'm not sure if I even really want to leave Just what is up with all these melatonin dreams face it I don't play, I don't play, I don't play with you face it but you know, but you know that you want me to face it we get tired, we get tired, we get tired of this face it but I don't want to miss how ya kiss on my lips we're running out of things to say and they're taking stuff off of Netflix like every day I wanna tell you it'll turn out okay it's kinda crazy to stay, but insane to think maybe we don't really have what it takes face it I don't play, I don't play, I don't play with you face it but you know, but you know that you want me to face it we get tired, we get tired, we get tired of this face it but I don't want to miss how ya kiss on my lips I'm not cut out to just be always on the run but I thought we'd be the ones to never lose the fun I'm not sure if I even really want to leave Just what is up with all these melatonin dreams
9.
Emerge 03:38
I want so bad to seize my bliss but when I grab it it always crumbles in my fist all I’m left with is ignorance and little bits of glitter stuck on my fingertips I don’t want to go, i don’t want to do this feel it disappearing the second that it’s new, it’s a curse and the worst part is I really thought I figured out a way to make it stop but I’m not that smart, I was never taught how to keep myself going when the going gets hard I know what you’re thinking we’re like “this will be the one,” but look, the ship’s sinking I know you don’t understand but if it’s in sight maybe it’ll fall into my hands All I need is one chance, if I blow it I’m done all I ask, all I need, just give me one You stay so locked away, I’ve given enough You want to suddenly emerge to me You tried to run the way you’ve taken before You were falling endlessly, endlessly give me a single reason why i should be putting this down and picking up drudgery if there’s a sign that this was not meant to be show me and make me fail catastrophically give in to living as one of the many admitting I’m nothing and knowing there’s plenty of fools just like me, just chasing dreams unattainable and basic as they may be if it’s one in a million it’s us, baby I’ll never give in, I’ll never recede I’ll lose all my cash, I’ll lose my beliefs, I’ll die on the streets I’m a legend and I’ll never get told fuck that, I’m a god and I’ll never get old one day you’ll hear this and wonder how I knew and Imma look real stupid if it ain’t the truth but I’m making up my mind, put it all on the line Pushing all my chips in, I’m about to get mine Don’t believe in it now, but then later you find There’s no room in the crowd on the wagon we ride Drive alone just for now, carve a path with no signs I just know it’s about time You stay so locked away, I’ve given enough You want to suddenly emerge to me You tried to run the way you’ve taken before You were falling endlessly, endlessly I’m cool when I wanna be Smart when I wanna be Strong when I’m smart when I’m cool when I wanna be

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While the layered vocal harmonies and interplay may evoke daydreams of boy bands a la the late 90s/early 2000s, Cheem’s very existence is punk. Refusing to create by anyone’s standards but their own, Cheem, made up of Sam Nazaretian (Vocals), Skye Holden (Vocals/Guitar), Gabriel Weitzman (Guitar), Nathan Porter (bass), and Sean Thomas (Drums), draw as much inspiration from the fast intricate instrumentals of hyperpop as they do from the harmonized pop of NSYNC or technical prowess of Animals as Leaders. Cheem play by no rules and that’s exactly how they like it.

The guiding vision behind Guilty Pleasure is becoming a band free from constraints. With production completely done by Cheem’s guitarist/producer Gabe Weitzman and mastering by Kris Crummett (Sleeping with Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance), Guilty Pleasure is a selfish record with further emphasis on criticizing the current world of existing as a rock band. The band refuses to let these criticisms discourage them, and proceeds to make the music they aspire to create.

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released July 22, 2022

Sam Nazaretian - Vocals
Skye Holden - Guitar, Vocals
Gabe Weitzman - Guitar
Nate Porter - Bass
Sean Thomas - Drums

Tracked at the Hartt School of Music
Produced by Gabe Weitzman
Mastered by Kris Crummett
www.interlaceaudio.com


Special thanks to everyone who helped with our release and made our new record a possibility. Some shoutouts below

Connor Lenihan, Steph Powell, Bobby Woody, Alex Pickert, Ben Martines, Lonely Ghost records, Kofi Boadu, Sean Elkind, Kevin Silva, Izzy, Jim Chapdelaine, Cape Holden, Nate DiDomizio, Sarah Stroh, jeremiah bermel, Laura, David Langberg, betsy, sunflower noonan, Stephen Cardone, Little Star PR, Alex Martin, and anyone that gave our record the time of day.

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