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Cheetahs, Extended Plays (Wichita Recordings)


By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



2/28/2013 - The last time I heard an album comprised of the first few EPs from a UK band, it was Smoke Fairies, and it was just too cool for school. This time it’s from a pair of London college/pub-mates who went four-piece after discovering that their songwriting was too cool for school; a chance listen from the two Wichita Recordings bosses resulted in their second EP, SANS, and some attention stateside. Observers are hearing shoegaze in this, but what these guys actually represent is the next Trail of Dead, if they keep at it. Another way to put it would be Foo Fighters on Drive Like Jehu’s budget, but it’s beyond that; these guys are fantastic riff-writers, as heard in album opener “The Swan,” which rides one hellaciously awesome guitar line for most of the tune and then stops to riff something even more cool, after a Sabbath-y Foo Fighters-ish fashion. These guys mop the floor with Superdrag, if that means anything to you — this is one of those “hidden gems” you hear about. Way cool. A






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