Born in Adelaide, Leader Cheetah offer up a heady sonic mixture of hauntingly atmospheric country-inflected indie rock. With a love of big melodies, twanging guitars and mature song craft, the band employed the services of US producer Kramer (Galaxie 500, Will Oldham, Daniel Johnston) to help create the world they felt their songs should live in for their debut album ‘Sunspot Letters’. Released in 2009 via Spunk/EMI the result was a glorious mix of soulful upbeat rockers, slow-cooked jams and smoky moonlit ballads. Sunspot Letters was selected as a feature album on Triple J and gained resounding critical success ending up on many end of year best-of lists.
Following the album’s release, the band enjoyed a busy year of touring that saw them share stages with Dinosaur Jr, Blonde Redhead, Blitzen Trapper, Elbow, Doves, The Dirty Three and Dan Auerbach, as well as fellow countrymen Cloud Control and The Middle East. The band also quickly became a festival favourite, performing at Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Queenscliff, Laneway, Boogie, Peat’s Ridge and Come Together. Leader Cheetah’s swiftly rising profile was further confirmed when lead singer Dan Crannitch appeared as a guest on SBS television series RockWiz, performing a duet alongside Sarah Blasko.
Their sophmore record “Lotus Skies” was recorded and mixed at Sydney’s Big Jesus Burger studios with renowned Australian producer Scott Horscroft (Sleepy Jackson, Silverchair, The Panics, The Presets). ‘Lotus Skies’ was released July 15 2011 and has already garnered much critical attention including receiving 4 stars in Rolling Stone, The Age, Herald Sun, The West Australian, SMH and the Courier Mail.
In 2011 Leader Cheetah has already played Splendour in The Grass, supported The Middle East and Gomez, and have just completed a 16 date national headline tour in support of their new album.
“…the love children of Neil Young and one or two of the Flying Burrito Brothers. That is to say they’re completely bexciting and the only Australian band we’ve heard to nail Americana…” – Alicia Brodersen, NME.com