The Horseshoe Tavern Presents


FIDLAR, Cheatahs

Fri, April 5, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


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Tickets also Available at: Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Horseshoe

Straight from the dungeons of L.A., Wavves are releasing Afraid Of Heights,
their fourth album and first on the Mom And Pop label. Now a duo consisting of
guitarist Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, they sound bigger, brasher,
and shockingly professional than ever on Afraid Of Heights that positions the
band to take their rightful place amongst the pop-punk gods.You know the story
by now. Bored dude in his parents' tool shed-turned-room with no insulation
and a record stuck to a hole in the wall to keep the mice out turns on a four-
track recorder, fucks around and ends up with two of the oddest, noisiest and
downright catchy albums of recent memory. Those two records (the eponymous
Wavves the eponyymous Wavvves) were winningly, messily chaotic—grand on a
small scale, but not necessarily world-beaters. Which is why when Williams, then
solo, linked up with erstwhile Jay Reatard sidemen Stephen Pope (bass) and
Billy Hayes (drums) and busted the door down with the stunner that was King Of
The Beach, a pop-punk blackout for the DeLonge and Deleuze crowd. After the
smoke of King Of The Beach had cleared, Williams and Pope released the Life
Sux EP, a testament to the crushing powers of rock n' roll and also ennui. The
product of more than a year of writing and recording, Afraid Of Heights expands
the Wavves sound while remaining true to the band's original vision—it was
created with absolutely no label involvement, a specter that nearly derailed King
Of The Beach. Working with producer John Hill (known for his work with M.I.A.
and Santigold, as well as with hip-hop acts such as Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan),
the band found a willing party in creating what they felt was the truest expression
of what they wanted. As for the Afraid Of Heights sessions themselves, Williams
paid for them out-of-pocket, explaining his reasoning with, "In doing so, I had
no one to answer to. We recorded the songs how and when we wanted without
anybody interfering, and that's how it's supposed to be."

Lyrically, Williams took the focus less off of his own melancholy and out
into the world, with songs that dealt with crooked preachers ("Sail To The
Sun"), relationships ("Dog") and killing cops ("Cop"). Even when he reaches
outside his own damaged psyche, Williams is still making Wavves songs,
saying, "The general theme of the record is depression and anxiety, being
death-obsessed and paranoid of impending doom. I feel like the narration is
almost schizophrenic if you listen front to back; every word is important, even the
constant contradictions and lack of self-worth. That's all a part of this record—
questioning everything not because I'm curious, but because I'm paranoid."
That paranoia manifests itself on many of the album's best tracks, such as the
spacey drones and bummazoid vibes of the Weezer-referencing, getting-drunk-
because-you-can't-bring-yourself-to-care-vibey "Afraid Of Heights," or the string-
aided "I Can't Dream," which rounds the record out with the optimistic, "I can

finally sleep," before subverting itself with, "But I can't dream." With their biggest
and boldest-sounding record yet, Wavves might have finally come into their own,
a fully-realized punk rock force in both sound and vision.
FIDLAR are slackers at heart. The only thing they really care about is skateboarding; trivial things like doing their homework and making the grade in school have little meaning to them. But when their adopted Vietnamese brother turns up dead after discovering an error in the shipping records at his place of work, FIDLAR begins to suspect something more. Refusing to accept the police's theory of suicide, FIDLAR launches their own investigation, determined to uncover the truth of what really happened to their brother.
Cheatahs frontman Nathan Hewitt and guitarist James Wignall met eight years ago while working in a Camden pub, and instantly bonded over their shared passion for music and Seinfeld. Nathan had just moved to London from his hometown of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, while James, originally from Leicester, had moved to the capital after studying in Leeds. Fast-forward six years––each having played in various bands in between––and the friends finally began to work seriously together when Nathan asked James to collaborate on a batch of songs he'd been working on. The musical understanding between the two was instantaneous and they went about recruiting two friends to complete the lineup––bassist and producer Dean Reid, who had moved to London from San Diego, California, a few years before, and drummer Marc Raue, originally from Dresden, Germany.

Following a few tapes and seven inches on various labels, in June this year Cheatahs released their first EP, "Coared", recorded and produced by Dean, on Marshall Teller Records, of which the NME wrote: "by pushing the hooks and melodies to the fore and not just relying on the "sound", this new quartet are elevating themselves to be one of the best."

With songs written by Nathan and James beginning to pile up, the band decided to make a follow up EP immediately. Again produced by Dean, the quartet recorded the bulk of the music in their Hackney studio over a weekend in June. Shortly after, the band supported Milk Music in east London, a gig at which, as luck would have it, Mark and Ben from Wichita were in attendance. The duo were impressed by the set and asked the band if they had any recorded music they could listen to. After hearing "Coared" and the unreleased songs, Wichita offered to sign Cheatahs and put out the newly recorded EP – "SANS" – as their first release on the label. In February 5,2013 Extended Plays will be released in North America. The album combines the two UK releases of "Coared" and "SANS."
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2