The King Cheetah

The King Cheetah

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativePunk

The King Cheetah are a Militant Rock ‘N’ Roll, Raw-Power-Trio, based in Los Angeles, CA. They play beautiful, angry, life-affirming, positive music. They are at the top of their game musically and spiritually. SEE THEM, HEAR THEM, BEAR WITNESS – if you love music, you deserve it.

Biography


The King Cheetah are a Militant Rock ‘N’ Roll, Raw-Power-Trio, based in Los Angeles, CA. They play beautiful, angry, life-affirming, positive music. They are at the top of their game musically and spiritually. SEE THEM, HEAR THEM, BEAR WITNESS – if you love music, you deserve it.

Formed by Robert Paul Mune and Simon Hancock in London in 1996. They generated the anti-Britpop backlash by creating the mixed-gay Kitsch Bitch club night which deliberately championed music that transgressed Britpop’s narrow and bigoted perspective.

Approached by Maxim of Prodigy to collaborate on a rewrite of his tune ‘Schemin’ which via extensive radio play brought them to the attention of Madonna whose Maverick label were looking into signing Maxim. Despite interest from XL Records who had played King Cheetah’s recordings to their newly signed White Stripes … a new game was afoot … America beckoned.

Morrissey chanced upon the band playing a show at a small venue in Hollywood. He approached the band after the show whispering: ”I love all of your songs, they’re fantastic!”. A few months later the band joined him as support for his entire US tour; which saw them spending nights sleeping out in the desert, in the woods, and on haystacks. Shortly after the tour finished King Cheetah lost bassplayer Gavin Jay who returned to London and subsequently joined up with the Jim Jones Revue.

Signed to LA’s Queercore label Spitshine in 2005, TKC released the ‘Six Inch Killaz’ EP. A tribute to notorious ‘drag wall-of noise‘ band The Six Inch Killaz who were firm friends from London days. TKC played many shows at The Motherlode in West Hollywood (‘Boys Town’) and also at the Homo-a-Gogo Festival in Olympia, Washington; where the band played with The Gossip and made friends with one of their heroes: John Cameron Mitchell (‘Hedwig‘ of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’).

TKC – being seasoned studio designers/builders – built their own temporary recording facility in an abandoned warehouse in the Los Angeles industrial suburb of Vernon (population 21, including Banksy). There they self-recorded and produced their debut album ‘The King Cheetah LP‘. During this period The King Cheetah also became one of the keystones of the nascent ‘Kiss or Kill’ scene. This scene has now been documented in the indie movie ‘In Heaven there is No Beer‘, which features performance, soundtrack and interviews with The King Cheetah.

Throughout 2010 The King Cheetah played as a duo, before being recently joined by Ray Piller on bass. The King Cheetah always inspire awe and respect from audiences and fellow musicians, for their unique song-writing and the sonic construction of their live sound. With Ray creating melodic feedback on the bass whilst Rob chugs bass-lines on the guitar, they have surpassed themselves, swapping the traditional roles of their instruments and exploring new concepts in audio dynamics. By day they construct recording studios, by night they construct the soundtrack to an unwritten future…

This is just the beginning , many more sonic, social and spiritual adventures await The King Cheetah.

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“The King Cheetah have the tunes to make us listen, never pandering, never carpet-bombing when squint-eyed sniping will suffice. Out of step with fashion’s hypnotized parade, the King Cheetah remind us that real men play whatever the fuck they want.”
- LA WEEKLY

“The King Cheetah don’t sound like anybody else, yet many have tried to sound like them … although no artist has yet managed to credibly emulate what they found inspiring about TKC, several have achieved great commercial success in trying”
- CLEARCUT RECORDS

“It’s a gritty, dirty Brit sound; imagine standing on stage in a pile of broken beer bottles two feet thick, trying to sing as a leather sofa burns in front of the stage. That is the sound of The King Cheetah.”
- INDIE-MUSIC.COM

Lyrics

Burning Here Tonight

Written By: The King Cheetah

Glass it comes between us
Like class, airtight and seamless
Now words have lost their attraction
Just talk, and I prefer action
I'll wait like death to steal your final breath
Black limousine. My love it bleeds
Hate is my motivation
And lust for our liberation
I'll wait like death to draw your final breath
Hate black machine, I'll bullet the
windscreen
I'm the future, I'm a sniper, I'm the monster underneath your bed
I'm a fuck up, from the neck up, rip it all up, start it up again
It's too quiet, we should riot, I see freedom burning here tonight
Burning in the air tonight
Glass it's always between us
Like flesh so trusting and blameless
I'll wait like death to steal your final breath
Black limousine, I bullet your windscreen
I'm a good shot, in the rooftops, take your head off
Justice from above
We're all the enemy now

Six Inch Killaz

Written By: The King Cheetah

SIX INCH KILLAZ
"I was born to fuck you up" she said,
And closed her eyes
She dipped her head and then she gave herself
Another perfect disguise
Where are the Six Inch Killaz?
Six Inch Killaz. Talk about the Killaz. Highheeled Killaz
"Blow it up, yeah, and burn it down!"
She wrote this on our walls
She found the fence that we'd been sitting on
And then she turned it on
"I'm very good at fucking up" she said
And then she thrashed that guitar hard
She found hostility and then she silenced it
That's how she knew she had the power, and she was going to use it
Poppies red running through her veins
Poppies slow her heart
Sid and Nancyboy meets girl
Tragedy masquerades as art
Beware the myth when you make a myth

Squaddie Meat

Written By: The King Cheetah

Had enough, I've had enough of tasting my blood
I bit my lip, I bit my lip right through my face
Had enough, it's hard to be more literate
Because news in confused, when you've been eating Squaddie Meat

Happy Doomsday
Just like any other
Happy Doomsday

Had enough, (now's the time when I've got to sing some words
About the feelings that I've got inside my head
There's nothing there that I think you'd find interesting)
Because you've been eating Squaddie Meat

Happy Doomsday
Just like any other
Happy Doomsday
But you'll soon discover
Happy Doomsday
The fate of greedy fuckers
Happy Doomsday

Had enough, had enough, I've had enough of "being tough"

Discography

England I Forgive You EP (April 2012)

Museum Of Tolerance EP (Dec 2011)

Current tracks receiving airplay: Museum Of Tolerance; Victoria In Reverse; 5th Of Ten

2nd album - project shelved (recorded between 2007 - 2010)

The Six Inch Killaz ep (November 2004)

The King Cheetah lp (May 2005)

US Network TV show ' Jack and Bobby' - 2005 (Victoria in Reverse)

Kiss or Kill compilation volume 2 - 2005 (5th of Ten)

Kiss or Kill compilation volume 1 - 2004 (Victoria in Reverse)

The King Cheetah live in Yuma - 2002 (limited release sold on Morrissey tour only)

'Scheming' by Maxim (Prodigy) - 2000 (second disc of two disc edition)

Set List

Sets are usually 45 - 60 minutes and include 9 or 10 songs. No covers.

Typical Set List:
Squaddie Meat
Burning Here Tonight
Victoria
Fifth of Ten
Six Inch Killaz
Peach
City At the Edge Of the World
English Electric Lightning
No No No