The sophomore release from international band Cheatahs gleans its name from Roland Barthes’ collection of essays. Mythologies follows a diverse touring schedule accompanying the likes of No Age, Metz and Wavves - absorbing a little influence from each along the way. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Wichita and Sonic Fun!.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 October 2015If you buy one modern day shoegaze album then I’d recommend Cheatahs debut self titled record - a tight and taught reminder of what was good about the genre. This (relatively) swift follow up is flabbier and drift and where their previous album had no filler, this one has plenty but as a result is much more varied. It has a slew of impressive highlights starting with ‘Channel View’ which has a great thumping riff that is almost ’80’s stadium in it’s largeness (but in a good way). The record doesn’t blast off the turntable like before, it’s more considered and more crafted. They expand their sound into kraut territory on ‘In Flux’ whilst ‘Freak Waves’ has lovely chunky chord changes showing that they haven’t lost their knack for a memorable melody and surprising shifts of tempo and key. For those uninitiated with Cheatahs, My Bloody Valentine are probably the best comparison in terms of how they structure their songs and compared to their many peers of late Cheatahs have got way nearer to that dreamy dislocated sound. The other band that has clearly been an influence on Cheatahs is Swervedriver and this is most obvious on ‘Hey Sen’ with its flannel shirted slacker charm, the twisty guitars are even reminiscent of lost American guitar manglers Idaho. Meanwhile comfort zones are stepped out of on the kraut jams of the track that it titled with some kind of Japanese text whilst ‘Reverie Bravo’ ends on a pulverising high note. Cheatahs do nothing new but all the same they mine the past very well. At 50 minutes the album is too long to recreate the hit after hit feel of their previous record but spend plenty of time with it and there are enough examples of what Cheatahs are good at to make purchase mandatory.
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