Entries tagged with: Cheatahs
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wavves/FIDLAR/surfer @ Glasslands, 4/11/2013
This was one of the wildest, crowd-surfingest, beer-flinging shows I've been to in a long time, with a crowd clearly already in weekend party mode and two acts -- Wavves and FIDLAR -- right there with them. Both bands share a similar sound, and probably recreational activities. It was a very fun night.
Wavves, who are on the heels of a very catchy new album, headlined and have come a long way since the first time I saw them at SXSW 2009, the band being as tight as they need be with the punky pop material. The crowd sang along loudly while hurling themselves into each other to most of the songs, which cherry-picked from Wavves' output to date. Most of them, at least. One guy spent the whole show by the stage, Sharpie in hand, trying to get bassist (and former Reatard) Stephen Pope to sign his CD. (Dude, just wait till after show!) Nathan Williams seemed a little subdued for most of the set but lept onto crowd during the last song, surfing over to Glasslands' balcony where he pulled himself up onto it before diving back down into it.
FIDLAR's Zac Carper, meanwhile, matched the crowd the crowd leap for leap during their raucous set. Before the end of the first song he was rolling on the stage floor, a position he'd be in more than once before their set finished. Carper also let us know what FIDLAR stands for about six times ("Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk" if you're wondering) and what drug each song was about (meth, LSD, pot, cocaine, cheap beer, some were not about drugs). These guys are playing standard fare skatepunk that doesn't do a lot for me on record, but there is no denying the genuine energy they bring live. Gleeful mayhem.
Openers Cheatahs were the band I was most looking forward to. A little more on the early '90s shoegaze tip, the London-based band were tight and sounded great -- somewhere between Swervedriver and Smeared-era Sloan (their singer is actually from Canada, wonder if he's a fan) -- but they seemed to eschew most of their hookiest songs in favor of newer, more ambitious material. But maybe that's what you do when you've got the 8:45 slot, test out new stuff. Still, when they launched into their soaring track "The Swan" (from the terrific, just-released U.S. introduction, Extended Plays), Cheatahs shined.
All three bands, who've been touring together for about a month, play Brooklyn again tonight (4/12) at Shea Stadium which, as you might expect from such a small venue, is sold out. More pics from Glasslands -- including a couple of, yes, the venue's new bathrooms -- are below.
Veronica Falls @ MHOW, Feb 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Today is the Day @ Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison for IO)
today in NYC
* Simja @ Barbes
* Many Arms @ The Stone
* Danny Tengalia @ Pacha
* Don McLean @ B.B. King's
* People's Champs @ Barbes
* Celestial Shore @ The Stone
* Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Oh Land @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Alpine, MO, White Prism @ Glasslands
* Kavinsky, Alex English @ Webster Hall
* Sweet Cyanide, Jak @ The Knitting Factory
* Cardboard, The Top, Free Time @ Big Snow
* What Model Citizens, Your Youth @ XPO 929
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Justin Vandervolgen, Sophie @ Cameo Gallery
* Stars, Milo Greene @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Todd Barry, Jay Oakerson, Paul Virzi @ The Stand
* Primes, Daddy Don't, Sirens @ Brooklyn Fireproof East
* Javelin, Hard Nips, Chances With Wolves @ Glasslands
* Art Decade, Rain Machine, Kelli Rudick @ Cameo Gallery
* Literature, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Teen Age @ Muchmore's
* Sam Lipsyte, Mike Doughty, Dave Hill @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Chris Mills @ The Bell House
* Weep, Siff-Rip-Us, Friendly Knowledge (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
* Lichens, Loud Objects, Rites Wild, Doron Sadja @ Silent Barn
* ALGO-RITHM, HOLOSOUND, Cry Baby, Das Moth @ Le Bain
* The Tossers, The Lost Brothers, Continental @ Mercury Lounge
* Napoleon, Haybaby, Hippy, Shark Muffin, Lunchbox @ Matchless
* Future Shuttle, Highllife, LF Wind, Blondes (DJ Set) @ Union Pool
* Sons Of Jove, I Am The Third, Thank You Scientist @ Bowery Electric
* Hector's Pets, Pop Zeus, A Rex & J Rex, Las Rosas @ Death By Audio
* The Veda Rays, Spires, The Pinkies, Rob Karpay @ The Grand Victory
* Todd Snider, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Kevin Gordon @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Pajama People, Phantom Power @ Ran Tea House
* Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp @ Studio atWebster Hall
* Darlings, Permanent Collection, Field Mouse, Honey Drum @ Shea Stadium
* Crazy Pills, Bridges and Powerlines, Kit Operations, Jon Mizrachi @ Cake Shop
* Lee and The Mumbles, Bill Bartholomew, The Pushovers @ Pete's Candy Store
* Veronica Falls, Cold Showers, Juan Wauters (of The Beets) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Small Black, Heavenly Beat, Imperial Topaz, Beach Fossils (DJ Sets) @ 285 Kent
* Palenke Soultribe, Kadavar, Grandfather, Little Children, Heyerdahl, Anni @ Pianos
* XNY, Bella's Bartok, The Mayor of Bad News, Chamber Band, Joshua and the Giant @ Spike Hill
* Soulive, Robert Randolph & Lee Fields, The Expressions Horns, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl
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UK band Cheatahs were supposed to open for Veronica Falls tonight at Bowery Ballroom but are no longer on the bill, unfortunately. They'll be here next month though, with Wavves and FIDLAR. You can stream a new Cheatahs track below.
Remember we said Ben UFO was revealing something from Mount Kimbie's new album on his radio show last night? Well he ended up premiering the track "Made to Stray," a bass-y cut with some UK style art pop vocals coming towards the end. Check it out below.
Smith Westerns will release their third album, Soft Will, on June 11 via Mom & Pop. Stream the first released track from it, "Varsity," below.
by Andrew Sacher
Wavves at McCarren Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As mentioned, Wavves are finally getting around to releasing the followup to 2010's KIng of the Beach this year. The record is called Afraid of Heights and will be out on March 26 via Mom + Pop. It features guest vocals from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and guest drumming from The Bronx's Jorma Vik. The band just revealed the album tracklist and cover art, which you can check out below.
Late last year, Wavves made a video for the album's opening track, "Sail to the Sun," and they've just revealed another album cut, "Demon to Lean On." The songwriting and cleaner production (the record was done with pop producer John Hill) has the band sounding more pop punk than ever. Frontman Nathan Williams will tell you he was listening to Weezer's Blue Album everyday while making the record, but you'll hear the snotty anthems of blink-182 in there too. Check out both tracks below.
Wavves will be supporting the record this spring, which kicks off after SXSW, with support from LA brats FIDLAR and UK pop shoegazers Cheatahs. That tour hits NYC for two very intimate shows (for Wavves' standards): April 11 at Glasslands and April 12 at Shea Stadium. Tickets for the Glasslands show and the Shea Stadium show go on sale Friday (2/1) at 9 AM.
A list of all dates, stream, video, album art, and tracklist below...
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
If you read Ryan Jarman of The Cribs Top 10 Tracks of 2012 you may have seen (and heard) London band Cheatahs' "The Swan" amongst it. It's from their Sans EP which came out last month on Wichita Recordings. You can stream it or check out the video below. With thick, crunchy guitars and an appealing melodic sense, Cheatahs come off like a poppier version of shoegazers Swervedriver. The whole EP is great and definitely worth seeking out, as is their Coared EP from earlier this year which you can stream the title track below too. Both EPs are going to be combined for an American release titled Extended Plays, that's out February 3.
Cheatahs will be here in 2013 for a few shows supporting Veronica Falls, including Bowery Ballroom on March 8 and tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below, along with videos and streams.
The Cribs @ MHOW, April 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
After a stint with legendary guitar-slinger Johnny Marr joining the group, The Cribs slimmed back to their all-Jarman power trio line-up for this year's In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, their best album in a while which made Best of 2012 lists from NME and The Fly. Currently residing here in Brooklyn (where he's working on an album with Jen Turner), frontman Ryan Jarman was nice enough to give us his Top 10 Tracks of the year. He prefaces his list with this:
I tend to see end of year lists as like homework or something so it always gets done at the very last minute. However, now I live in Brooklyn I thought it was good form to make the effort for the local rag so here is my quickly thrown together top 10 tracks of the year.Ryan and Jen's band, Exclamation Pony were added as an opener to the previously discussed Mission of Burma show in NYC on January 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Ryan's top 10 picks are below, complete with commentary and streams...