It was a couple of years ago when a very cool Americana-meets-Adelaide Hills sound first came to be heard from the band Leader Cheetah on their debut album, The Sunspot Letters. The band is made up of singer/guitarist Dan Crannitch, his brother and drummer Joel Crannitch and guitarist Dan Pash and bassist Mark Harding, and by touring alongside Elbow and Doves they became known as a pretty exciting guitar band.
Leader Cheetah Let’s fast forward to late 2010, when the band set their watches forward a half hour and headed to Sydney Town to record their follow-up album with producer Scott Horscroft (The Panics, Little Red, The Sleepy Jackson) at Big Jesus Burger Studio. The band finished this album on Christmas Eve and it’s a beauty with thoughtful songwriting, a broader sound, and those lovely alt country touches that are quintessential Leader Cheetah.
Want to get a better idea of what the album really sounds like? Well, head on over to the band’s site leadercheetah.com to download the single Crawling Up A Landslide. Easy. The song evokes the golden sounds of 70’s west-coast America, with rich vocal harmonies – oh hell, just go on and download the MP3 and enjoy. Album out soon.
Leader Cheetah will be supporting The Middle East in June – a pretty awesome double bill. Then the band plays Splendour in the Grass.
Fri June 10 – Adelaide, The Governor Hindmarsh (with The Middle East) – tix from moshtix
Sat June 11 – Melbourne, The Corner Hotel (with The Middle East) SOLD OUT
Sun June 12 – Melbourne, The Corner Hotel (with The Middle East) SOLD OUT
Mon June 13 – Ballarat, Karova Lounge (with The Middle East) – tix from oztix
Wed June 15 – Brisbane, Old Museum (with The Middle East) – tix from oztix
Thu June 16 – Sunshine Coast, Joe’s Waterhole (with The Middle East) – tix from musicliveatjoes.com
Fri June 17 – Sydney, Metro Theatre (with The Middle East) – tix from ticketek
Sun June 19 – Newcastle, Cambridge Hotel (with The Middle East) – tix from moshtix
Fri July 29 – Sun July 31 Woodfordia, Splendour In The Grass Festival