By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 16th February 2017 at 6:00 pm
East London’s False Heads will be unveiling a new EP next month. The ‘Gutter Press’ EP will see the light of day on the 10th of March on Libertines’ Gary Powell’s own record label 25 Hour Convenience Store. To preview next month’s release, they unleashed a new track on the unsuspecting public, and it’s already received support from Iggy Pop and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 and Radio X. The song now has its own video, and following on from their past promos for ‘Steal and Cheat’ and ‘Thick Skin’, this new video for ‘Twenty Nothing’ shows off the same searing intensity of their live shows. Watch it below. To catch up on TGTF’s past coverage on False Heads, including Rebecca’s introduction to them as a Bands to Watch in December 2015, head here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 6th July 2016 at 6:00 pm
East London-based indie rock band False Heads released a new single last week. ‘Thick Skin’ is out now on 25 Hour Convenience Store, previous single ‘Steal and Cheat’, it’s got a quality best described in the press release as “energetic, leering bawdiness”. Having gone into Pete Townshend’s studio earlier this year to record some tracks including this single, we expect more from this band soon enough. Have a watch of the video for ‘Thick Skin’ below. Read Rebecca’s Bands to Watch feature on the three-piece from last year back here.
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!”