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.
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.
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
Review by Doug Duffin