Artist: False Heads
Double A-side Single: Weigh In/All Eyes
Release: 7th October 2016
Hailing from East London, False Heads are formed of three old school friends. The trio released their double A-side single “Weigh In” and “All Eyes” on 7th October which garnered a lot of buzz. In my opinion, they are one of the most exciting rock bands around today.
I’m trying to remember exactly how I ended up listening to these two songs back in early September. My first reaction to “Weigh In” was just, “Wow!” The track is full of catchy lo-fi riffs, a strong, edgy attitude, which are delivered with lots of energy. The music video for the track was released two weeks before the launch of the double A-side single.
False Heads have released several tracks in the past and each track has a slightly different vibe. “All Eyes” is the sharpest contrast to all the other tunes they have crafted. It feels almost like a representation of the fragile side of your mind.
It has been said that Iggy Pop has claimed that False Heads are one of his favourite bands of the moment, and they have also been described as “the future of rock n’ roll” by ex-Ramones manager Danny Fields. The band has been signed by The Libertines drummer Gary Powell to his 25 Hour Convenience Store label, and have been offered Pete Townsend’s studio to record in. I’m thrilled by False Heads’ music and feel they are bringing a breath of fresh air to the music scene. I can’t wait to hear more from them.
This week, I had a chance to interview the vocalist and guitarist Luke Griffiths. Have a read!
Hello, False Heads! Thanks for accepting our interview.
First of all, would you mind introducing yourself?
Hi, I’m Luke from False Heads. I play guitar and sing like a really squeaky, whiny, shit mockney wannabee. And I guess I’m the lead songwriter, although we all contribute to that. I write the lyrics anyway and normally the bulk of a song. Sorry I’m rambling on.
Not at all, Luke. I heard that False Heads have been around for some years. Could you tell us how you all met up and became a band?
The name has been around for years, but with so many different people in the band. I just couldn’t quite get it working. Had people coming in and out but just wasn’t completely gelling, Barney and Jake joined when I got back from uni and it just all fell into place, we’ve been a proper band ever since. Me, Barney and Jake were friends at secondary school so it’s all been tied into a neat little package.
Great. Who are your influences? Does everyone in the band listen to similar music?
We have crossovers, bands like Radiohead, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine etc. Jake and I adore The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan etc. And Barney is into electronic stuff which doesn’t really float my boat. And Jake is also into bands like Neutral Milk Hotel which I don’t mind, but I’m not crazy about. So it’s all a bit like hot dog meat, but there are some nice crossovers in there.
Okay. Yeah at least you get on with creating your own music, that’s great. How do you go about writing your songs?
I’ll write the bulk of the tune, normally bring it to Jake and Barney, and we just jam on it. With “Weigh In”, Barney came up with the verse riff. Sometimes it takes one rehearsal to get a song finished, sometimes it takes months to get it perfect. And I will just whack some lyrics over the top that can be brand new or old lines that I’ve had written down for fucking ages. Pretty boring process really haha
Haha as I don’t write music this kind of stuff interests me! Well, you have released your double A-side single recently, which I’m super excited about. How would you describe the tracks “Weigh In” and “All Eyes”?
“Weigh In” feels like everything in your brain is being shot outwards, and “All Eyes” feels like everything outside is being shot in your brain.
Glad to hear your descriptions.
You have received some great responses to your music. Could you tell us how Iggy Pop discovered you when he made his comment?
Our now good friend and general punk legend Danny Fields showed Iggy our stuff and he loved it. Two fucking music heroes that are pivotal in the timeline of popular culture and how it was affected digging your band means you gotta be doing something right? Surely?
For sure, you are!
False Heads seem to be very active with live performances. Tell us about your coming up gigs?
We’ve got loads of shit coming up. November is rammed packed. We’ve got two This Feeling shows, one in London, at The Water Rats on the 5th, one in Leicester, at The Cookie on the 12th. We are playing in honour of the Joe Strummer Foundation on the 2nd at Proud Camden. Then, Hampshire, Cardiff, and Kazoopa Fest in Leeds on the 26th which should be banging! We’ve got lots to announce as well. So just keep your eyes peeled please!
Is there anything you would like to say?
Nothing of much worth to anyone haha
Are you sure? Make sure you don’t regret it, haha! Thank you for your time, and good luck!
Thanks for having me!
|Upcoming Local Dates|
|Nov 02||Proud Camden||London|
|Nov 05||THIS FEELING @ The Water Rats||London|
|Nov 12||THIS FEELING @ Cookie||Leicester|
|Nov 26||KAZOOPA FEST IN LEEDS||Leeds|
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