"This band will be on the cover of The Guardian, NME and Spin in 2013 ..."
"The Bastards Of Fate have created a kind of New Wave Noir. They trade in Kafka-esque showtunes, the sound of icy overnight evenings in a nearly empty motel. Even in the daylight, even when armed with a harmonica, they have a genuine weirdness about them that cannot be faked."
"The Bastards Of Fate stand at a weird intersection of high intellect and idiocy. I have seen very few rock shows in my life that are so thought provoking and so much fun."
“Spastic, schizophrenic insanity that, at times, resembles indie rock.”
"... imaginatively written and musically unique, defying rules I didn't even know existed. Standing on an amp, holding up a guitar, blinded by shaving cream, construction light draped over his shoulder, and mic in hand, Doug Cheatwood is no gimmick hungry rocker. He is what punk rock was never smart enough to be, crazier and more ambitious, full of antics that wake sleepy fear-ridden audiences into a frenzy of dance and jubilation. Did I mention that the music's catchy, well-written, and like nothing you've heard?"
"... captures that particular brand of 'Ramen noodle loneliness' so prevalent in one's 20's."
"When he sings, his voice deepens. It fills the corners of the room. He screeches. He croons. The sound is rich, raw, confident."
“... this is the best live band in Roanoke. If you get this band -- and you have to sit with it to get it -- you'll know what I mean. You like Beck? Devo? Oingo Boingo? Go hear this band ...”
“... an amazing live rock band -- performance art freakout, punk howl, dance party, and chaotic fertility rite all rolled into one... I couldn't have fully envisioned the scope and open-throttle force of the live show.”
“ "Much like I would imagine a 70's Devo show would have been, seeing Doug Cheatwood and the Bastards of Fate perform live is something that I was not prepared for, but I found myself loving every moment of the aural (and visual) assault! This is truly a unique band that should have a dedicated cult following, if it doesn't already! Words cannot describe them, all I can do is say 'see them, let it sink in, then see them again and again and again...' "”
"Doug Cheatwood and The Bastards of Fate are obscenely talented. A definite must-see performance. I have attended Doug's shows since late 2003, and I still don't know what to expect."
“... The Bastards of Fate are like no other band I have heard, or seen live. Truly a unique experience.”
“I've seen hundreds of shows. I dropped out of college once to see The Ramones. I travelled across the country and saw Guided By Voices 19 times. I hold The Bastards of Fate in the upper echelon of bands I've seen. They're that good.”
“Cheatwood's songs elevate picture-perfect snapshots of perfectly trivial things - space heaters, life at the office, paleontology - to soulful dance-party epics.”
“Doug Cheatwood records the guilt and confusion of ten million frustrated protestants without apology or constraint.”
“Cheatwood and his Bastards will take you completely by surprise. Their particular brand of freak rock, equal parts acid trip blitzkrieg and soulful psychedelia, is not to be missed!”
“The Bastards of Fate come from beyond the veil - a mixture of fantasy and cacophony distilled into eminently memorable songs.”
“The Bastards' music is as versatile as it is charming. There's a kind of energy in their songwriting that leads to a unique sound you want to tell all your friends about but can't find the words to describe.”
“The Bastards of Fate infuse theatrics with their live musical performances, making it difficult for the audience to be less than enthusiastic about their shows! It's a strange mix of genres that can only be described as catchy-as-hell melodramatic pop; so over the top in drama, it'll make you laugh, smile and sing along.”
“The band’s experimental brand of pop-rock walks the line between rock ‘n roll and performance art, occasionally slipping off said line onto either side—and sometimes managing to do both simultaneously. They really are one of the most exciting live shows in town...”
“One of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Cheatwood was rolling around on the ground, pies were thrown at the audience, and there were crazy lights and fog. I can't quite tell if they're geniuses or just insane.”
“A myriad of musical genres, the common thread perhaps being gusto and big doses of sincerity, merge into a usually cohesive aural pleasure. The lyrics lift this band up high, splattering their songs with subject matter usually reserved for the much older songwriter.”