False Heads – Political Noise Rock on the Rise

by James Hendicott
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From supporting The Libertines to being hyped as “young, talented and going places” by Iggy Pop and mentored by former Ramones manager Danny Fields, few up and coming bands can claim the level of hype surrounding Londoners False Heads.

Formed in 2016, the trio of school friends produce brutally energetic punk for the masses, and are gathering momentum off the back of a single EP, ‘Gutter Press’, released in 2017, alongside a couple of singles.

Unashamedly political and unafraid to speak their minds, they are nevertheless openly appreciative of the strength of their journey so far.
They’re working on putting together the album to back it all up.
“The world is an utter state and without sounding bleak, I just cannot see it getting any better,” vocalist Luke griffiths tells us.

“There are political artists, just none that enter the mainstream, I don’t even think that you have to have overtly political lyrics to have an impact.
“Some of my favourite artists don’t have in your face political lyrics, but they have beautiful engaging lyrics and melodies that open your mind to anything, which opens your mind to politics. We don’t even have that in the mainstream charts. I do think music will always have the power to change.”

Danny Fields, who had a key role in the successes of the likes of Lou Reed and The Doors as well as The Ramones, has been vital to the early successes of False Heads, helping to both push the trio into the public consciousness, and to forge the band’s direction.
“He’s moulded so much of our popular culture, it’s unbelievable,” Griffiths said of Fields past.

“He was involved with all those great bands and he was so ahead of the curve that he was fired multiple times for not getting a ‘hit’ out some of those artists, artists that went on to shape our popular culture.

“So, to have that man say the things he does about us, is just humbling and it’s such an honour to have become his friend.”

An album is slowly in progress, with the band looking to merge some of the music that’s been part of their live set from the very beginning with a few as yet unveiled new tracks.
The live plan has been their main draw to date, though.
“It’s high energy, maybe with some drum jumping, possibly blood and a place to lose yourself for 40 minutes, and get something out of your system,” Griffiths says.

The lyrics don’t pull any punches, either. I ask the band what they sing about, protest aside, and how they see their music.
“We like to write actual songs with hooks and interesting lyrics,” Griffiths explain.
“We’re not one of those punk bands that just have no tunes at all.”

The subjects, at times, are undeniably off-the-wall. Latest single Retina, for example, is about “taking too much acid by accident,” while ‘Fall Around “came from trying to remember how to play ‘Bottle Up and Explode’ by Elliott Smith.”

Bottle Up and Explode is a fairly solid description of what to expect from False Heads’ first ever performance in Ireland, but the album will be the real test of whether hype translates to a massive breakthrough.

“We want to range from our heavy riff, all-out side like ‘Wrap Up’ to our more delicate side like ‘Said and Done,’” Griffith’s says of the full-length plan.
“We don’t want to be the same thing for 12 tracks, that would just be pointless and too many artists do that.

“I want it to be able to date well, and we want it to be able to be some sort of a journey, as well as experimenting on it a little bit too. Next year it will be out. 2019.”
False Heads play Upstairs in Whelan’s on Friday, September 7.

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