Cheatahs will release their new single 'Leave to Remain' on 28th April via Wichita Recordings.
The latest single to be pulled from Cheatahs' self-titled debut album, 'Leave To Remain' is probably the one that best sums up their chosen genre of 'Ambient Punk', as well as going the furthest to explain the realities of a band with a wide-ranging geography. Front-man Nathan Hewitt explains, "This song is about leaving your hometown to find somewhere else and setting up shop. It's about a search for identity in a foreign land and the banality of bureaucracy and border control. It's also about realizing the fact that you can change things if you want to."
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, 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 band.
With the majority of the record ostensibly finished, Cheatahs embarked on a six-week tour of the US with Wavves and FIDLAR. Upon their return, the band holed-up in Dean's ramshackle studio in east London, where they spent two feverishly productive months pulling it apart, re-structuring some songs, and re-recording many guitar parts before finally being entirely happy with their creation.
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.
The band recently returned from their triumphant first headline tour of North America. They head out to Europe in April before a number of shows with label mates Cloud Nothings and festivals over the summer. Full listings as follows.
9 Apr - Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
10 Apr - Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
11 Apr - Re, Krakow, Poland
12 Apr - Alfenz, Austria
15 Apr - Freakout Club, Bologna, Italy
16 Apr - Lo-Fi Club, Milan, Italy
18 Apr - Sala Stereo, Alicante, Spain
19 Apr - La (2) Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
20 Apr - Festival MV, Dijon, France
23 Apr - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
24 Apr - Nantes - PâLE _TUDIANT, France
25 Apr - La Peniche, Lille, France
26 Apr - Queensday Festival, Venlo, Netherlands
3 May - Leeds, Live at Leeds
19 May - Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (With Cloud Nothings)
20 May - La Fleche, Paris, France (With Cloud Nothings)
21 May - 100 Club, London (with Great Ytene)
22 May - Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK (With Cloud Nothings)
23 May - Stereo, Glasgow, UK (With Cloud Nothings)
4 Jun - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA (with Eagulls)
6 Jun - The Shred Shed, Salt Lake City, UT (with Eagulls)
7 Jun - Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO (with Eagulls)
9 Jun - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN (with Eagulls)
10 Jun - Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL (with Eagulls)
11 Jun - Brillobox, Pittsburgh< PA (with Eagulls)
12 Jun - New York, Mercury Lounge, NY (headline - early show)
22 Jun - Best Kept Secret Festival, Netherlands
3-6 Jul - Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltr£, Spain
26 Jul - Deer Shed Festival, UK
9 Aug - Beacons Festival, UK
20-23 Aug - Paredes de Coura, Portugal