October 17th, 2012 will see Converse Gigs return to The 100 Club with no less than indie royalty, Wichita Recordings curating a line-up of the label’s finest new talent: Veronica Falls, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Cheatahs.
For those not aware of Wichita Recordings, here’s a little bit of history for you: the offspring of the legendary Creation Records, Wichita Recordings is the brainchild of Mark Bowen and Dick Green (industry legends) who both met at the label in the mid-nineties amidst a flurry of signings that were to define an era (Oasis, My Bloody Valentine et al.). Self-confessed music fans, the two friends set up the label after Creation sadly dissolved back in 2000, with the main aim of backing genuine talent outside of the major labels. Bloc Party, The Cribs and Simian Mobile Disco are just a handful of the label’s success stories to date.
Cheatahs are a four-piece comprising of James Wignall (guitar, vocals), Dean (bass, vocals), Marc Raue (drums) and Nathan Hewitt (vocals, guitar), that cite a common love for the likes of The Pixies, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr as some of the main influences that brought them together. Whilst previously residing across different corners of the UK, the band set up shop in London’s east end to put together their new ‘Sans’ EP; to be released on October 22.
Although possessing major grunge qualities, Cheatahs are not averse to adding a little pop into the mix. ‘The Swan’ – taken from the band’s forthcoming EP – is a blossoming pop song, bursting full of swirling melodies and tender hooks: “Some of the band are actually massive A-Ha fans and I’m pretty sure its been sung at a few weddings – maybe that’s where the pop influence originates from!”
Frankie & The Heartstrings
Frankie & The Heartstrings were first penned by Wichita in 2009 after Mark Bowman picked up one of the 777 (that’s seven hundred and seventy seven) 7”s of the band’s debut single, ‘Hunger’/’Fragile’. Frankie said, “It’s an honour to be signed to such an incredible label. We’re like one big extended family, everyone’s so friendly and most importantly we’ve all got one thing in common – a true passion for music”.
Having released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hunger’ early last year, the boys are now in the studio working on their new album with Bernard Butler from the legendary Suede. Alongside that, they are planning the imminent release of a new single which they’ll be taking on tour as they support fellow Wichita signees The Cribs on tour this November. Marvelous.
Finally, we get to our headliners for the evening; the immaculate Veronica Falls. Managed by Wichita and quoted by NME as being “ridiculously easy to admire”, the group’s quintessential live shows are certainly not ones to be taken lightly.
Roxanne, Marion, Patrick and James are all currently submerged in the recording of their hugely anticipated new album, which we’re told can be expected this coming January: “We’re all really excited about this album. It’s more considered than the last, because we’ve grown closer as a band and Wichita have been great in giving us the space we need to create something amazing”, says Patrick from the band.
Here’s a little something you might not have known: Veronica Falls played their first ever show at the notable Central London haunt Madame Jo Jo’s, where the band first discovered their love of Soho and its exuberant surrounding live venues. “This is real London”, Patrick tells us: “The bright lights and energy which first attracted us as a group has kind of been reinstalled, and the prospect of being one of the few bands being given the opportunity to play such a legendary venue [The 100 Club] is a huge thing for us”.
Well. There you are, three insanely talented bands poised to blow you all away on October 17, and we couldn’t be any happier. See you at the front!
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Words by Frazer Lawton