False Heads are an East London-based indie rock trio, rooted in a wide range of influences from garage rock to post-punk. The band has recently signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, the label headed by Gary Powell of The Libertines. The band has already garnered attention from the likes of NME and Q, and has won support from BBC6Music and BBC Introducing, amongst others. Following some alterations to the original arrangement, the line-up is now Luke Griffiths, Jake Elliott and Barney Nash, and the trio have just released new single ‘Steal and Cheat’, which is out now.
On the band’s Facebook, Powell describes how the “marriage between the audio and visual is so in sync that it makes it near impossible to take your eyes off the stage”, and even when listening to False Heads while sat at home at your laptop, it’s not difficult to image the energetic, riotous force that they must be onstage. On the recorded front, they originally released their first EP ‘Tunnel Vision’ in 2013, which was re-released the following year through Hit4Head Records. ‘Wear and Tear’, released earlier this year to quiet acclaim, is the band’s second EP.
Comparisons might be drawn between False Heads’ newest single and The Libertines’ own back catalogue, but this trio are not to be confused for some poor imitation. That said, ‘Steal and Cheat’ does have similarities to The Libertines, more so than the False Heads’ previous stuff. Yet ‘Steal and Cheat’ is a standout track in its own right, and Griffiths’ soft yet edgy vocals, and the gritty lyrics are dripping with a captivating brazenness. The grittier ‘Wear and Tear’ EP released earlier this year draws on grungier influences: think Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, in particular ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, as it can be heard in the opening bars of False Heads’ ‘Twentynothing’.
False Heads pack a punch. Somehow dirty and clean at the same time, the band evokes a whole range of other artists and songs, yet this isn’t to the detriment of the band. They sound a bit like a melting pot of indie rock and punk influences from the past few decades. On ‘Wrap Up’, the punchy guitar rhythms echo the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, and ‘Fall Around’ evokes Pixies’ own use of stomping bass and pithy guitar hooks.
The trio have a number of shows planned for the New Year around London, and a brand new EP is expected sometime in early 2016. Keep an eye out, as they have big things planned for the upcoming year. In Powell’s own words, “Miss them at your peril!”