Punk in 2013 is obsessed with nostalgia perpetuated by festivals where if you pay enough for a 6 day all inclusive pass and book your flights and hotel rooms in time you can see any punk band that ever existed, albeit older and uglier and with their “classic hits” funneled through a fancy sound system manned by the shitty sound guy employee of whatever club or productions company is “making punk happen” at the moment. Way too many current bands exist mostly in the hopes of playing these festivals, or of “taking the next step” and putting out records on a larger “indie” label. (…) We are happy when we hear about punks playing generator shows and blowing up abandoned cars at abandoned strip malls in New Orleans or flipping cars and shooting fireworks at cops in Boston.
Tell me a bit about Extended Plays. Was it recorded before or after you guys were signed to Wichita Recordings? I heard that your relationship with the label was sparked when you guys opened a show for Milk Music. Did you have any clue you guys were being scouted at the time?
N: We recorded the EPs ourselves and put the first one out on Marshall Teller Records. We wanted to put the next one out ASAP and just get playing shows when Wichita saw us open for Milk Music. They got in touch the next day and were keen to release our music. So it happened pretty fast relatively speaking and kind of took us by surprise. Then we put the two EPs on one disc for a wider release as the first EP was a limited run of 300. I like how it kind of sums up the first recording year of the band.
A lot of the “garage-rock” type stuff coming out these days has a huge attachment to 90′s post-grunge/alternative styles. To me though, Cheatahs’ brand of it seems very forward-thinking. Perhaps it’s the cleanliness of the recording, less reliance of reverb and stuff. Is this something that you guys took a lot of care in when recording? Was there a particular aesthetic you really strived for?
N: Our policy is if it sounds good to us then that’s what we end up with. I feel like each song kind of needs its own special treatment, and whatever production serves the song, then that’s what works. Lots of bands play it safe and have a distinctive sound on every song, but I like a bit of dynamic when it comes to production.