Wichita Recordings is very proud to announce not only the signing of London’s Cheatahs in a worldwide deal but also a brand new EP and tour dates for the band. Having fallen in love with them when they first saw them perform live, supporting Milk Music earlier this year, the label were equally enamoured by the recordings they heard and quickly signed them up. The first fruit of this new relationship will be the SANS EP, an electrifying blend of raucous guitars and breathy vocals, honey-dripped with ennui and emotion. Wichita’s first attraction to the band was how they reminded them of so many of their favourite bands from their Creation Records days – Swervedriver’s hi-octane, desert-dusted, road-trip tales, the weight of My Bloody Valentine’s two classic albums, the pop-tinged psychedelia of The Boo Radleys circa Everything’s Alright Forever and their Every Heaven EP (not to mention Teenage Fanclub, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr and many others)… so it’s hard to argue when the band gets grouped in with the recent crop of bands from the UK and US bringing back the 90s sounds of shoegaze and grunge. However what sets Cheatahs apart from so many of their 2012 contemporaries, and what really struck Wichita, is the strength of the band’s songwriting, as put perfectly by the NME, “by pushing the hooks and melodies to the fore and not just relying on the “sound”, this new quartet are elevating themselves to being one of the best.” Recorded in London by their bassplayer, Dean Reid, and mixed by Dean and the rest of the band, the SANS EP sees Cheatahs up the ante set by their Coared EP and will maintain their position as much-tipped ones to watch. From opener “The Swan” – which has all the elegance of its subject but rumbles with the firecracker energy of a stampede of rhinos – to its enveloping finale, “Flake”, this release fizzes with the focus of a band who have discovered exactly what they want to do with their music. Though based in East London, the band are about as international as a four-piece can be: James Wignall (guitar, vocals) is English, Dean (bass and vocals) is American, Marc Raue (drums) is German and Nathan Hewitt (vocals, guitar) was raised in tiny Morinville, a town near Edmonton, Canada, which he left in 2003 (“I don’t think I could ever live in a place that had snow around for half the year ever again,” he says). Their music tastes are almost as scattered as their geography – everything from Nirvana and Kevin Shields to Neil Young and Mark Kozalek inspires their sound, they claim, while they’ve slotted in neatly on bills with the likes of Ariel Pink, King Tuff and Best Coast, and have just announced dates with The Cribs and Cloud Nothings. With this new release, in their new homestead at Wichita, the feeling is soon they’ll be the ones inspiring others.
No shows booked at the moment.