Murasaki Shikibu may not be on everyone’s radar but she most certainly features on London four-piece Cheatahs. With the latest EP inspired by Shikibu’s novel The Tale of Genji the 11th century Japanese aristocrat whom was repressed by her elders to not read and write. In defiance she created a Japanese culturally iconic novel that still rings true with the ever moving and ever-evolving band. ‘Murasaki’ is therefore our Track of the Day.
Cheatah’s are one year on from their brilliant debut album and 3 month’s down the line from the recent Sunne EP, this song is the title track from the latest EP released on Witchita on May 4th. It’s droning synth is backed competently by the distorted drumming of the guitar but it’s the content and lyrics which truly stand it apart.
Built upon bassist Reid’s American-Japanese heritage the song depicts the meeting between his parents in Kyoto and melts the two cultures in to a crucible of rock and roll glory.
The first part of the track is classic modern story telling sung in English it’s an elegantly fictionalised account. The second part of the track sung by Reid is told in the form of a traditional Japanese tale.
A two part tale that makes one whole lot of music.
Sunday, 10 May 2015 – Birmingham, The Hare & Hounds ^ (Tickets)
Monday, 11 May 2015 – London, Oslo ^ (Tickets)
Wednesday, 13 May – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club ^ (Tickets)
Thursday, 14 May – York, The Fulford Arms ^ (Tickets)
Friday, 15 May – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (Tickets)
Saturday, 16 May – Bristol, The Louisiana ^ (Tickets)
Wednesday, 20 May – Brighton, Prince Albert ^ (Tickets)
Thursday, 21 May – Bruges, Cactus Club w/ The Hickey Underworld
Tuesday, 26 May – Bordeaux, Rock School Barbey (Tickets)
Thursday, 28 May – Barcelona, Primavera Sound (Tickets)