One of the UK’s brightest young exports are about to release their biggest package yet. Hailing from East-London, it’s taken just two years for False Heads to receive support from the likes of legends like Iggy Pop, who said “they are young, talented and going places.” Their irrepressible rise since forming in 2016 is nothing short of admirable, and now they’re on the brink of releasing a brand-new EP with a mammoth coinciding tour.
Set for digital release on the 21st September, with vinyl, CDs and other goodies available on the 5th October, the next few months are going to be very busy for lead singer and guitarist Luke Griffiths, bassist Jake Elliot and drummer Barney Nash, who haven’t seemed to take their foot off the gas since they began this incredible journey. The band are relentless in their attitudes to getting their music heard and are one of the most hardworking bands I’ve come across. Due to this incredible work ethic, the band are no strangers to Northern Exposure after headlining our Northern Exposure Compilation Album gig at Nambucca for Help Musicians UK and also at the end of last year winning our InMusic festival competition to play the main-stage in Croatia alongside Queens Of The Stoneage and Nick Cave (chosen by independent judges, in association with Pirate Studios, Eufest and Musicians Against Homelessness). You can watch their winning performance of ‘Wrap Up’ below.
The band formed from the remains of previous projects, stemming influences from their vast backgrounds of musical ventures. Together their spark ignites a passion both on and off the stage, as they often voice their opinions on socialism, the media and politics. Through their lyrics, music and moral values, False Heads stand up for what they believe in and they aren’t afraid to tell you about it. Their previous releases ‘Retina,’ ‘Gutter Press,’ ‘Weigh In,’ ‘Thick Skin’ and ‘Steal and Cheat’ all harvest their inner voices and are painted across a canvas of fiery punk-rock. Discussing the EP, lead singer and guitarist Luke Griffiths added:
“Less is Better’ was a just a natural progression to ‘Gutter Press’ really, there are similar themes throughout. ‘Gutter Press’ was a dig at everyone (including myself) about how we conduct ourselves on social media and how we’re almost all part of the tabloids because of how we use it. ‘Less is Better’ lyrically is slightly more personal, but it also covers our views of social media, censorship and authoritarianism. The fact that online debates are almost conducted in the same fashion in the real world, into actual personal relationships to us is a worrying thing. It’s creating a divide between so many of us on miniscule disagreements of political or social issues. The idea of individualism is dying out, we’re all desperate to be part of a group, and then appease that group by any means necessary, even if that means not expressing your own opinion. We feel that people need to stand up in what they believe in. Viral activity and celebrity status is putting a dampener on authentic art, which for us is a big negative – we want to see and hear the real, raw expressionism of people!”
The opening track and leading single ‘Yellow’ was released on the 24th August, and it kicked things off with a sucker-punch of in-your-face action. Setting up the rest of the EP with intent, the melodies fluctuate between monstrous riffs and delicate vocal hooks. The laid-back tempo of the verses allows the growling vocals to haul the chorus into an arena-sized boom, which will have you involuntarily singing along before you realise your lips are moving. Next up is ‘Help Yourself,’ a straight from the heart, to the heart rock song. Simplicity at its best in the form of an infectious sing-along chorus hook, beefy distortion and a splattering of pop-punk for good measure.
Built around an intriguing bass melody, ‘Retina’ delves into a grungier tone, as Luke’s vocals are stepped up a notch, allowing his accent to shine through in true form. Blurry, controlled chaos throughout, with an outro that Black Sabbath would be proud of, ‘Retina’ was released as a single earlier in 2018, but there was no way it was going to miss out on the ‘Less Is Better’ party. Closing the EP is ‘Wrap Up,’ a track made up of several melodies, each one more ferocious than the last. Weaving in and out of meaty riffs, intricate bass hooks and explosive drumming, this one takes you on a collision course of punk and anarchy.
Their gritty, honest and downright gnarly signature sound has resulted in major support from Danny Field (ex-Ramones manager), who referred to them as “one of the best live bands in the world.” They also earned themselves a place on the bill of a sold-out tour with The Libertines, and have played alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Band of Skulls and Frank Turner, as well as featuring at some of the biggest festivals in the business: Reading Festival, Tramlines, Isle of Wight, Y Not and many more. Their music has reached the ears of Americans by the soundwaves of Sirius XM and has also featured on Radio X, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.
In support of their upcoming ‘Less Is Better’ EP release, the trio will be on tour throughout September and October, with extended dates around the UK, Europe and beyond. Gigs include:
6th – Galway / Roisin Dubh
7th – Dublin / Whelan’s
13th – Brighton / Sticky Mikes
14th – Stockton / KU
15th – Blackpool / Bootleg Social
16th – Glasgow / Classic Grand
17th – Leeds / Hyde Park Book Club
18th – Hull / New Adelphi Club
19th – Bishops Stortford / Half Moon
21st – Liverpool / EBGBS
22nd – Stoke / The Underground
27th – Sheffield / Record Junkee
28th – Manchester / Jimmy’s
29th – Preston / The Ferrett
3rd – Nottingham / Chameleon Arts Café
4th – Cambridge / The Blue Moon
5th – London / Dingwalls (EP Launch Gig)
6th – Southampton / Heartbreakers
11th – Cardiff / The Moon
12th – Bristol / Mother’s Ruin
25th – Amsterdam / Venue TBC
26th – Paris / Le Truskel
27th – Hamburg / Molotow Musik Club
Tour tickets on sale now at http://www.falseheads.com/
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