Cheats is a nine-song full-length aimed at satisfying the band's incumbent following while reaffirming that the much larger institution of "power trio" is alive and well. The record marks a definitive progression in LD's songwriting. With their latest addition, bass player Kristine Muller, Mike Kennedy finds an ample foundation upon which to build his beats which are equal parts ass-shaking and punishing. In so many ways the band has realigned, minimizing the guitar work and focusing on grooves so deep you'd best strap on your hip waders. Combining these rhythms with the strength of Williams's vocal performances, Cheats is equal parts quietly introspective and carelessly ebullient. LD has sculpted the songs' frameworks forcing arrangements emphasizing structure and maximizing visceral energy.