I haven’t been a cheerleader since the fifth grade. The Cinematics make me want to dig out the old uniform and embarrassingly ill-fitting bloomers.

Skillfully, joyously and believably combining the best elements of U2 circa Boy, The Killers and Interpol, Glasgow’s latest import are my new crush of 2007, and I’m certain they’ll be yours, too. Just listen to hit single “Break,” or the deliciously riveting “Asleep at the Wheel” for a convincing taste. But let’s get down to brass tacks here, folks. The shining star of the group isn’t the lads’ angular haircuts and tight pants or sexy, dark pop; no, it’s handsome singer Scott Rinning’s humdinger of a vox. Soaring doesn’t really adequately describe his stunning vocal range.

Opening for Mute Math, and in support of the newly-released A Strange Education, The Cinematics gamely handle their crowd-pumping duties with panache. Starting out with a Beck cover, “Sunday Sun,” and leading into “Keep Forgetting,” it’s immediately obvious that this band deserves Franz Ferdinand (whom they’ve been compared to in the press) levels of success. During “Maybe Someday” I notice the girls in the audience looking upon Rinning as if he was their new Pete Wentz.

“Human,” a lovely ballad follows, with the addictive “Break,” and tumultuous “Asleep at the Wheel,” closing the set. I’m convinced I’ve just seen a band on the precipice; on the wave of their crescendo, and with that, I pledge to book a permanent seat on what will be a spectacular ride. —Carrie Alison/photo JCP