Photo: Jess Norton
January 19 2016
Words: Izzy B
Cheatahs have been around for a few years now, but judging by the numbers in attendance for tonight's show at XOYO and the reception they received, their star is still firmly shining.
With a change of sound, first heard on last year's 'Sunne' EP, the quartet deliver a live rendition on this first night which precedes a run of European dates, resplendent with incendiary jangly guitars and hazy vocals, infused with motorik rhythms, and psych influences.
From the assured drumming, to the sharp basslines and all-encompassing energy of 'The Swan', to the impressive rhythm and percussion sprawl of ‘Murasaki’, the shoegaze melodics of ‘Seven Sisters’ - where languid guitar and Nathan Hewitt’s vocals are emphatic and driven - to the fierce, proggy 'Su-Pra', Cheatahs' signature textured soundscapes are met with appreciation, as the cinematic 'Channel View' provides an opportunity for harmony synchronization between bassist Dean Reid and guitarist James Wignall.
The nicely interwoven synth and spiky guitar riffs of 'Signs To Lorelei' come as an encore to those who have remained in the room, not content to depart without one last song. Not even a mermaid could resist their final call.