Cheatahs by Cheatahs (Album Review)

Review of Cheatahs Debut Album ‘Cheetahs’

For those of you that enjoy rock music but who are looking for something a little different you might want to have a look at Cheatahs.

Review of Cheetahs debut album

Review of Cheatahs debut album

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.

Their video Get Tight is a great kick off  for the band.  A hard hitting example of the best of grunge.  A nice number that makes you want to hear more.

Known for their fuzz based shoegrazing sounds these guys have a lot of different influences and this track shows this off to great effect.

The album also launches their European tour.

February

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

April

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

May

19 – Melkweg, Amsterdam Netherlands (With Cloud Nothings)

20 – La Fleche, Paris France (With Cloud Nothings)

22 – Deaf Institute, Manchester (With Cloud Nothings)

June

22 – Best Kept Secret Festival Netherlands

August

9 – Beacons Festival UK

Review by Doug Duffin

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