Cheatahs’ long-awaited debut album, released this week on Wichita Recordings, has been receiving massive acclaim everywhere from The Times to Pitchfork, and as such we’re delighted to announce a new European headline tour and shows with US giants Cloud Nothings in May (full listings below).
Cheatahs’ debut album is first and foremost an exploration of the possibilities of modern guitar music. A blend of ecstatic noise, ambient drone and visceral, ear-splitting alt-rock, combined with lyrics that touch on the complexities of relationships, nature, the city, memory, dislocation and self-identity. The self-titled record displays a giant creative leap from the lo-fi fuzz of the band’s first two EPs.
Watch the video for Cheatahs’ new single ‘Get Tight‘, which is set for release on 24th February, on youtube here.
But let’s start from the beginning. The London based band came together when Nathan Hewitt (vox, guitar), originally from Edmonton, Canada, and James Wignall (guitar, vox), originally from Leicester, met 7 years ago while both working in a pub in Camden and bonded over a shared love of Seinfeld and hardcore punk. Despite both friends playing in various bands over the next few years, it was only in 2010 that the two decided to finally make music together. After writing a handful of songs, they asked friends Marc Raue, originally from Dresden, and Dean Reid, from San Diego, USA to join them on drums and bass respectively.
For an album influenced by everything from Link Wray to Cy Twombly – influences as scattered as the band members’ geography – the result is a cohesive behemoth, 12 tracks of raucous guitars, breathy vocals, and honey-dripped, soaring melodies.
Cheatahs live listings:
12 – Birthdays (NME Awards), London
13 – Banquet Records/New Slang, Kingston
15 – The Harley, Sheffield
16 – Prince Albert, Brighton
17 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
18 – Broadcast, Glasgow
19 – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
9 – Hafenklang, Hamburg Germany
10 – Urban Spree, Berlin Germany
11 – Re, Krakow Poland
15 – Freakout Club, Bologna Italy
16 – Lo-Fi Club, Milan Italy
18 – Sala Stereo, Alicante Spain
19 – La (2) Apolo, Barcelona Spain
20 – Festival MU, Dijon France
25 – La Peniche, Lille France
19 – Melkweg, Amsterdam Netherlands (With Cloud Nothings)
20 – La Fleche, Paris France (With Cloud Nothings)
22 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (With Cloud Nothings)
22 – Best Kept Secret Festival Netherlands
9 – Beacons Festival UK
Watch the band playing a series of tracks from the album (‘Get Tight’, ‘Fall’, ‘Geographic’ and ‘Kenworth’) live at Dropout Studios, below.
Praise for ‘Cheatahs’:
“‘Cheatahs’ is a gleaming pop wrecking ball taken to the sonic cathedral” – NME
“Fans of Teenage Fanclub and US slacker rock will fall head over heels for the latest Wichita signings- young Londoners with a love of fuzzed up guitars.” The Times
“Cheatahs have certainly delivered on the promise suggested by their stellar early EP’s” – The Line Of Best Fit
“What permeates all of it, though, is the genuinely overwhelming energy of youth – something that so many of their contemporaries lack.” – Drowned in Sound