Less Is Better
These Bloody Thieves Records
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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 Headsto 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 5thOctober, the next few months are going to be very busy for lead singer and guitarist Luke Griffiths, bassist Jake Elliotand drummer Barney Nash, who haven’t seemed to take their foot off the gas since they began this incredible journey. 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 Griffithsadded:
“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’ is set for release on the 24thAugust and will kick 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 laidback 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. There’s no wonder why‘Yellow’ has already received huge radio support from John Kennedy on Radio X and Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio, with many more picking it up daily. 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-Ramonesmanager), 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 Skullsand Frank Turner, as well as featuring at some of the biggest festivals in the business: Reading Festival, Tramlines, Isle of Wight,Y Notand many more. Their music has reached the ears of Americans by the soundwaves of Rodney Bingenheimer’sSirius XM show and has also featured on Radio X, BBC Radio 1and BBC 6 Music.
Notorious for their on-stage antics, they have a bottomless pit of energy and they’re coming for you. Brace yourselves for False Heads.