False Heads


Tuesday 31st July 2018

Describe your style in three words?
Cleaned up mess.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Radiohead at Bilbao Festival

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Rage Against the Machine - because lazy journalists that never mention them could finally see how often we've ripped them off hahaha, and all joking aside they are just a huge ball of energy - every time I listen to them, I write a riff.

Bob Dylan - I'm not entirely sure if the crowds would mesh that well together haha, but he is incredible and lyrically was a huge inspiration to me, the man helped forge popular culture. It would be incredible.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk/grunge and any other subtype that basically grew from the king Iggy Pop for bringing leftism, anti-establishment, the idea of mocking authority into the mainstream. Artists who have their music written for them and just pushed out like a fucking factory pushing out processed meats are just part of that safe, boring, meaningless drivel that just perpetuates the idea that the norm and being mediocre is something to be content with. I think punk and grunge had very similar ideas and stood for the right things. There are elements of what certain 60s artists were doing that's similar, and also there are subcultures like Brit-pop that have influenced me, particularly Oasis, they were poor working-class kids who dreamt it, wrote great life-affirming songs (despite horrific childhoods) with a tinge of melancholy to them and took it to the very end. You can't not admire that. I guess I feel like I fall somewhere between Kurt Cobain and Noel Gallagher.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I'll do one outside of music and one inside. Inside? Probably John Lennon, cliche I know but f*ck it who cares? He was a very troubled soul, did some horrible things and treated people like utter shit a lot of the time by most accounts but wrote some of the most amazing songs of all time and then got shot by a stalker. The guy preached peace, and I believed he believed that I'd like to ask him stuff about how come that couldn't translate over into his personal life for a lot of the time, I don't know. It fascinates me. Outside of music, I'd like to spend an hour with Christopher Hitchens, I'd probably be absolutely sloshed by the end of it, but he was a true individual who never compromised and never labelled himself or cared what labels were slapped on him. I think we've become far too obsessed with labels and tribalism in today's society, we need more people to teach people how to think for themselves, and maybe that will create more people who are individuals and don't want to live in an echo chamber.

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Probably Bootleg Social in Blackpool (big up Milo) such an awesome venue and spot to hang out for people into alternative music. Amazing staff and just an amazing vibe in there. And it's in Blackpool, in the midst of the hell of a million stag and hen dos, you have a beautiful needle in the haystack.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I'm going to say Danny Fields, not just because of what that man has done for our career, and because he is a dear friend but because of what he has done for popular culture. The man managed Iggy Pop and got him signed, he managed the Ramones and got them signed. He was friends with Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen and countless others. He broke the story on The Beatles being bigger than Jesus. He helped change popular culture time and time again. The compliment we take in him believing in us and rock and roll again as a result because of us is the biggest I've ever received in my life, and it's an honour to call him a friend. I'm glad he is finally getting real recognition in mainstream press and media for what the man did for forging popular culture. He is a legend. An actual one.

After only 2 years on the scene, False Heads have won over the legendary Iggy Pop, who regulary plays them on his BBC 6 Music show and said “they are young, talented and going places, if they came to my town I’d show up for that.” The band supported The Libertines on their sold out ‘Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour’ last year, and played Isle of Wight, Tramlines, Y Not, Reading Festival and War Child events. Their latest EP 'Less Is More' will be released digitally on the 21st September, and physically on the 5th October at an EP launch gig at Dingwalls, London. Buy False Heads' latest single 'Yellow' here.

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