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This is the second 12” EP by London’s Cheatahs, who feature members of Male Bonding and Weird Dreams, treating us to four more songs of their nostalgic-sounding shoegazey post-grunge-style ‘90s indie rock. It delights me that this aesthetic is back in vogue because I grew up in the ‘90s. It’s all warm, hazy washes of trebly guitar fuzz underpinned by a steady drumbeat and nice clean bass tone. Bands it’s reminding me of include Beezewax, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr...yeah, that’s pretty much the ballpark they’re playing in.It’s all making me rather misty-eyed for my late ‘90s heyday when everything was new and exciting and I hadn’t been battered down and jaded by the relentless realness of the outside world. If you’re into other modern bands doing the late ‘90s thing - Cloud Nothings, Eagulls, Mazes, Easter, etc - here’s another name to make a note of. Now they just need to follow these promising EPs with a killer album. No pressure dudes.
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