On October 16, 2015, London-based guitar band Cheatahs will release their second full-length record, Mythologies, on Wichita Recordings.
With their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album and incendiary live shows, Cheatahs proved themselves to be one of the most exciting leftfield guitar bands to come out of the UK in recent years. With their sophomore LP, the band demonstrates even further their devotion to experimentation, leaving behind the debut’s hazy, nostalgic world for Mythologies’ ambitious Technicolor universe, in which motorik rhythms, garage and ambient punk flow seamlessly into one another.
Recorded over a period of a year, Mythologies takes its name from Roland Barthes’ 1957 collection of essays on semiotics and myth, which influenced the record along with such varied themes and inspirations as Freudian ‘screen memory’, the fluidity of recollection, meta-modernism, hospitalisation on tour, syndicalism, Dennis Potter, Early music and neo-mysticism (to name a few).
According to the band, they “had no permanent base when making this record, and creating the record in so many varied locations undoubtedly influenced the album in a positive way. We felt very nomadic, and the sense of freedom inspired us to experiment as much as we wanted.”
In between festivals (including an acclaimed performance at this year's Primavera Sound) and UK, European and US tours supporting the first record, Cheatahs sought new inspiration by organising gallery-based improvisational noise shows, which fed into the recording of the exploratory and transitional Sunne and Murasaki EPs, and commissioned a remix record for Sunne, to which friends such as Hookworms, Moon Gangs and Drumm Chimp (Jon from Part Chimp) contributed.
In creating Mythologies, the band, as ever, self-produced, recording in a number of different London studios, Glasgow (Chem 19 studios, where Mogwai recorded Young Team) and a converted church in Ramsgate, before decamping to drummer Marc’s shared studio-home, a monolithic high-rise building next to MI5 overlooking the Thames (one floor above offices that housed anti-terrorist task forces in the 1960s), to complete the LP.
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