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Last Minute Plans: Cheatahs And Eagulls At Beat Kitchen

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 10, 2014 4:00PM

Cheatahs photo by Leon Diaper via the band's Facebook page, and Eagulls photo via their label

Eagulls and Cheatahs—both hailing from England—are helping lead the charge of a movement resurrecting '90s indie rock grounded in the noisier end of the guitar spectrum. Both bands have crossed the pond to tour and are in town to evangelize and bring their noise to Beat Kitchen tonight, and it's a show we believe is not to be missed.

We gushed over Cheatahs' debut full-length earlier this year and are still discovering new pleasures each time we give the album a spin. Their dense sonic textures power most of their catalog, but they do know when to pull back the flood of sound without dampening the volume to reveal some delicate beauty underneath the noise. Excellent examples of these two approaches can be found by comparing the barreling "Leave To Remain" with the lovely wash of "Fall," below.

Eagulls share a sonic space with Cheatahs, even if their background reaches a little deeper into the British end on Indie than the sounds formed on the coasts or middle of America. The approach on their new LP is more rhythmic and repetitive, forcing their aggressive attack to burrow deep under your skin. These hooks pierce and don't release you easily. It's a more brutish approach than Cheatahs employs, but it's an effective one.

As a bonus, courtesy Eagulls' label, feel free to download "Possessed" to listen to on your way to the show.

MP3: Eagulls "Possessed"

Eagulls and Cheatahs play tonight, June 10, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 8 p.m., $12, 17+