Cheatahs' Album stream with track by track commentary HERE
Cheatahs’ long-awaited debut album, out Feb. 11th on Wichita Recordings,
is first and foremost an exploration of the possibilities of modern
guitar music. A blend of ecstatic noise, ambient drone and visceral,
resounding 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.
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, UK 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, Germany, and Dean Reid, from San
Diego, USA to join them on drums and bass respectively.
To make the record, Cheatahs, headed first to the country, spending a
week in an old stone-floored cottage in Cornwall, where recording was
punctuated by walks in nearby forests and evenings whiled away at an
isolated pub. The second location, Dropout studios
in Camberwell, home of friends Part Chimp, was perhaps the
polar opposite, but no less conducive to the creative process – not
surprising given that the band were given access to the full arsenal of
ridiculously loud vintage amps that help create the brutal
majesty of Part Chimp’s recordings. As with Cheatahs' previous work,
all tracks were recorded and mixed by bassist Dean and produced by the
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
honeydripped, soaring melodies.