In the space of two years, Cheatahs released two albums – their self-titled debut and ‘Mythologies’ – as well as two EPs, ‘Sunne’ and ‘Murasaki’. They also toured extensively, but in February of last year vocalist Nathan Hewitt decided to stop touring with the band. “I needed to take some time to recover”, he says. “To be honest I thought I’d never want to play again”.
But now, around a year and six months down the line, he’s returned under the new guise of Hypnotic Kingdom with the sunny yet contemplative ‘Would You Be There For Me?’ Punctuated by a simple yet driving drum beat, and jangly guitars, it forgoes a traditional chorus for a swirling, reverberating riff. Alongside it, Nathan contemplates whether another person will be there for him, just as waves inevitably crash on to the shore or birds can’t resist flight.
Speaking of the track, Nathan says: “After 3 1/2 months away from my guitar I picked it up and wrote this song. It came to me instantly and I recorded it in my living room. I spent the rest of 2016 writing and recording at home, inspired by a much needed holiday. I hope this song takes you away and makes you feel like you’re on holiday, even if only for 3 1/2 mins”. Nathan’s hopes are realised here; with its meditative lyrics, ‘Would You Be There For Me?’ still feels like a vacation without having to leave the house.
Get the first spin of ‘Would You Be There For Me’ below.
Photo credit: Alex de Mora