This is music with energy and subtely in equal measure. The singalong punk quality of 'Bob Bizarre' and 'Sheila's On The Bus' (complete with gruff vocals, jangly guitars and "yeah yeah yeah"s) is juxtaposed with the more carefully constructed 'Higher Than You' and 'White Trash', the latter of which in particular exploits rhythm in a manner reminiscent of The Clash's more laid-back moments.
The band's lyrics, the sleevenotes tell us, "refer to life in one way or another", which seems like a fairly obvious comment, but when placed alongside the current commercial punk scene's obsession with toilet humour, getting laid and fairly redundant and self-congratulatory assertions of independence, The Cheesemakers display a refreshing diversity and honesty in words and music alike.
It's a motivating record, because it makes one realise what music is all about: it's not all loud guitars and shouty vocals, but instead uses its influences to their utmost capacity, sometimes giving a full-on onslaught of melodic punk, sometimes stripping things right down and painting psychedelic pictures with guitars.
It is fitting that the White Trash EP is one of the first releases on the new Changes One label, devoted to the best new independent rock'n'roll in the country. If Changes One, and associated organisations such as Five Miles High and Rock'n'Roll Revolution, succeed in restoring rock'n'roll values into the UK's music industry (and it's always worth a try), I have no doubt that the independent-to-the-core Cheesemakers will be an important part of realising that vision.