CHEATAHS COARED EP RELEASED 25th JUNE 2012 ON MARSHALL TELLER RECORDS
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Comprising Nathan Hewitt (vocals, guitar) James Wignall (guitar,vocals) Dean Reid (bass, vocals) and Marc Raue (drums), Cheatahs are a band of fine pedigree on London’s slacker pop scene: Nathan plays guitar with Male Bonding and James used to play with Weird Dreams. They are, however, at pains to point out that Cheatahs is not a part-time thing. “This is definitely not a side project of any kind,” they say. “We would all call this band our only one.”
Their debut EP shows why: these four sweet slices of slacker-pop brilliance promise great things to come. Fans of ace drum fills, melancholic vocals, searing guitars and fuzzy production should prepare to get very excited indeed.
The tracks were recorded at the Hackney rehearsal space they share with numerous other bands. “It’s full of temperamental amps, a dilapidated drum kit and a barely-working PA, but it’s home,” they say.
Though based in East London, the band are about as international as a four-piece can be: James is English, Dean is American, Marc is German and frontman Nathan 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.
Part of a fertile community of musicians, the band coagulated around a shared love of Elliott Smith, Dinosaur Jr, Neil Young, Kevin Shields, Mark Kozalek, Wipers, Nirvana and Husker Du.
In their short time together, Cheatahs have released a limited 7” single on Young And Lost Club Records, a four-song cassette EP on Paradise Vendors Inc and a four-way split 7” on Marshall Teller, who release this latest EP. Support slots have included like-minded souls Wavves, Best Coast, Ariel Pink and The Babies, and with plans to head out on tour in summer, Cheatahs will be hitting a town near you soon.
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