They’re not psycho killers, nor are they burning down the house

But they came to Hyde Park Book Club and brought their organised chaos. They didn’t fall short on giving us a taste of their neo-punk rock attitude. They may not be Talking, but they are definitely screaming.

I guess less really is better?

 

False Heads are a London-based three-piece British rock band who have shared stages with and supported Frank Turner, the Libertines, even Queens of the Stone Age.

They’ve had plays on Radio X, BBC 6 Music, Kerrang! and even all the way back in America on Sirius XM, where some of their tracks have been played by the big Rodney Binginheimer.

It’s no wonder why Iggy Pop (yes, Iggy Pop himself) said that this ‘tough little band’ are “going places”.

Singer and guitarist, Luke Griffiths (centre) alongside bassist Jake Elliot and drummer and vocalist, Barney Nash (right)

Having played at festivals like YNot, Reading Festival and Croatia’s InMusic Festival, the boys have gotten into the rhythm of performing and are now touring the UK.

As part of their UK tour, False Heads came to Hyde Park Book Club in the follow up to their latest release, ‘Less is Better’. You can listen to it  here.

EP artwork

Following the electricity of the supporting acts, the crowd was really in the mood for an explosive finale by False Heads. And the crowd were not disappointed.

They gave us a taste of their controversial gutter punk spirit and grungy essence with their honest and raw opinions of the media and politics being splayed across to us with gritty lyrics, made even more authentic by Luke allowing his accent shine through the vocals. These qualities are instantly recognisable in their single ‘Yellow‘, whilst still staying true to their signature vintage British punk rock identity.

Ferocious melodies, monstrous riffs, rocking out on stage, kicking, screaming…all of this just made us hungry for more. Good thing they’re on tour until November. If you missed seeing them at Hyde Park Book Club, you have a whole 16 opportunities to see them elsewhere.

 

Read an interview with False Heads below

How did you decide you wanted to make music together?

“Jake and Barney were in a band at school, but Jake and I used to jam and write some songs together,” says Luke. “I tried for years to get a band together, but it just wasn’t happening. Then I got Jake on board after we came back home from university. We needed a drummer, so we called Barney up drunk and it went from there really. We didn’t think Barney was too keen at first but after the first rehearsal we sort of knew we had something sort of special”.

You’ve said that your inspirations are classic artists like Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Sex Pistols etc. But how did you come to realise your own unique sound?

“That’s just because of how we normally write our songs, I think. I’ll bring the bare bones of a song to a rehearsal and we will just jam on it over and over until we are happy, or it gets thrown out. So, there’s influences being thrown at one song for a long period of time until it’s ready. I guess that’s where it becomes somewhat unique. We also take influence from bands around us now and new bands like Calva Louise and Strange Bones, so it’s not just falling on to the famous and classic artists, that helps as well”.

False Heads has made really headway within the last two years. How has your music evolved from when you first started making music together and has anything changed since you started getting more recognition and popularity?

“It’s been honed a lot more. We’re a lot more cut throat about songs making the set list, or even getting played outside of the rehearsal room at all. It’s been able to constantly evolve into a False Heads sound I guess. To be honest, it hasn’t changed really, we maybe think slightly more about what we’re going to put out into the world. But really, we still put out what we feel is strongest and what we want really”.

What’s been the best part of playing festivals like Reading and YNot? Do you think touring at venues is better, worse or just as good? What are you most looking forward to in your upcoming tour?

“Yeah, festivals are incredible. They’re both completely different, festivals like Reading, IOW and more recently InMusic. You have to win the crowd over constantly because you’re completely new to that audience and they’re completely new to you. Touring venues at your own show, you know that they are there for you, so it’s different. But I’d say the buzz is the same, once you start winning an audience over at a festival it’s brilliant and getting your crowd going at your own show is brilliant as well.

“I’m looking forward to London and Manchester,” says Luke. “We’re also looking forward to playing Amsterdam and Hamburg for the first time and Leeds, obviously. We’re looking forward to all of it, genuinely. You never know on tour either. Some shows you think will be amazing, aren’t, and some shows you write off are amazing, so you can’t ever put your finger on it”.

You’re from London, which is a great place to say you’ve performed. But where is your dream place to tour and get on stage?

“Brixton Academy but four nights in a row!”.

Your music has a very vintage/classic British rock feel to it, so if any of your songs could be featured in a film, what song would it be and in what film? (I see ‘Yellow’ being in a film like Trainspotting in a chase scene).

“‘Yellow’ in Trainspotting would be fucking awesome, we could definitely see it. We could see ‘Said and Done’ or ‘Comfort Consumption’ being in like a 500 Days of Summer-type romcom.’Wrap Up’ could just be in like any fight or action scene going, like the boxing fight in Snatch. I could see Brad Pitt getting off the mat to knock the fuck out of that guy as the final riff kicks in”.

The cover art for Retina is unbelievable. What influenced the design and how does it correlate to the song and your music in general?

Cover art for Retina

“Christopher Hanvey takes full responsibility for that. A fan turned long time close friend (who has done us so many favours) designed that and yeah it’s incredible. We sort of wished we would have saved that for the album. Well, it’s a decaying (false head) monarch. I do despise the monarchy and everything that they stand for and wish we would fucking get rid of them but it’s more than that. It’s a figure of power that’s old and decaying but still wearing a crown almost self-righteously, still clinging on to its last threads of puppet strings. So, I mean, long story short, it isn’t that subtle I guess, it’s pretty anti-authority and anti-establishment and that correlates over into our music pretty regularly really”.

You say there’s a lot lined up for next year. Can you give us any hints as to what you’re planning?

“There will be an album. For sure. And some other things we can’t announce yet”.

 

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