False Heads

Singer/Guitarist — London

What is your name? Where are you from?
I'm Luke Griffiths, and I'm from East London/Essex.

What do you do?
What do you do? I sing(ish), scream and strangle my guitar.

Describe your style in three words?
Throw it on. 

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
Radiohead. The sounds they get are just unbelievable. No one comes close to changing their sound so drastically yet still being able to be so instantly recognisable (except maybe The Beatles) so I imagine making a record would be a pretty special experience. You could f*ck around for weeks with them on some crazy shit or just sit down and write a beautiful tune like ‘How To Disappear Completely’.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
It is Radiohead, but I’ll pick someone else. Muse at Reading 2011 was pretty special to be fair. They have turned into utter sh*te now, unfortunately. BUT Origin of Symmetry is an incredible album, and they played it in full. Amazing energy.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
John Lennon, Thom Yorke, David Bowie, Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Noel Gallagher, Brett Anderson, George Harrison, Pete Doherty. 

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Christopher Hitchens. The man was a f*cking joy to listen to and inspired my extreme distaste for religion and authoritative institutions in general. And also my introduction into left wing politics. 

Which sub-cultures have had an enduring effect on you?
Punk (US and UK) and Alternative Rock in the late 80s, early 90s have easily had the biggest effect on me. 

If you could share the bill with any band in history – who would it be?
It would have to be Nirvana, they ultimately made me obsessed with music and made me play an instrument.

What music did you listen to growing up?
Eminem
If you’re a pissed off kid who is miserable and angry all of the time and don’t understand why you should automatically respect authority (so basically most kids) Eminem is just like a magnet.

If you could re-live one year of your life - what year would it be?
To be honest, I’d take the way I feel about myself, the world and other people now and inject that into school year circa year 7-11. I’d probably be a lot happier and would not give a f*ck about cliques and cunts that just don’t matter even though at school you convince yourself that they do. 

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Clint Eastwood' - Gorillaz 
I can’t remember how old I was, but this was the first song I replayed over and over and over. 

One record you would keep forever?
'XO' by Elliott Smith. Just a master of melody and his songs are so emotive, every song seems to evoke some kind of memory for me. Same with his album Either/Or as well to be fair but I’ll stick with 'XO'.

A song from your favourite album?
'Lithium' by Nirvana off 'Nevermind'.
Just a top class banger with great lyrics off one of the greatest albums of all time. 

A song you wish you had written?
The Pixies 'Where Is My Mind?'. Such an incredible tune. It's one of the few songs that makes me feel something that I really just can't quite describe, like some songs make you feel happy, sad, inspired, energetic, lethargic or whatever but Where is My Mind just makes me feel some sort of weird mix of everything.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Early teens The Real 'Slim Shady' by Eminem. 
Mid to late teens 'Anarchy In The UK' by the Sex Pistols. 

A lyric that has inspired you?
Even though it's sort of vague, I always loved the line 'phew, for a minute there I lost myself' in Radiohead's 'Karma Police'. It's sort of vague, but it just perfectly sums up when something jolts in music or film, and you just get completely immersed in something you love, or on the flipside when you lose yourself in something horrible like anger, rage or misery. So I guess I'm not really sure how it's inspired me thinking about it. It's just always stuck with me. I think it's just one of the best bits of music ever written and the lyric fits it so perfectly, maybe it just inspired me to want to write something that makes you immerse yourself in music the way the bit of the song does.

Best song to turn up loud?
'F*ck Forever' by Babyshambles.
Just for when that f*cking huge chorus hits. 

Best song to bring people together?
'Wonderwall' or 'Don’t Look Back in Anger' by Oasis really init? Anytime that hits when you’re battered, everyone grabs someone and sings it, even if they hate the songs. 

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Strange Bones, Breed, The Blinders, Calva Louise are my current favs. Check them out.

What is your name? Where are you from?
I'm Luke Griffiths, and I'm from East London/Essex.

What do you do?
What do you do? I sing(ish), scream and strangle my guitar.

Describe your style in three words?
Throw it on. 

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
Radiohead. The sounds they get are just unbelievable. No one comes close to changing their sound so drastically yet still being able to be so instantly recognisable (except maybe The Beatles) so I imagine making a record would be a pretty special experience. You could f*ck around for weeks with them on some crazy shit or just sit down and write a beautiful tune like ‘How To Disappear Completely’.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
It is Radiohead, but I’ll pick someone else. Muse at Reading 2011 was pretty special to be fair. They have turned into utter sh*te now, unfortunately. BUT Origin of Symmetry is an incredible album, and they played it in full. Amazing energy.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
John Lennon, Thom Yorke, David Bowie, Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Noel Gallagher, Brett Anderson, George Harrison, Pete Doherty. 

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Christopher Hitchens. The man was a f*cking joy to listen to and inspired my extreme distaste for religion and authoritative institutions in general. And also my introduction into left wing politics. 

Which sub-cultures have had an enduring effect on you?
Punk (US and UK) and Alternative Rock in the late 80s, early 90s have easily had the biggest effect on me. 

If you could share the bill with any band in history – who would it be?
It would have to be Nirvana, they ultimately made me obsessed with music and made me play an instrument.

What music did you listen to growing up?
Eminem
If you’re a pissed off kid who is miserable and angry all of the time and don’t understand why you should automatically respect authority (so basically most kids) Eminem is just like a magnet.

If you could re-live one year of your life - what year would it be?
To be honest, I’d take the way I feel about myself, the world and other people now and inject that into school year circa year 7-11. I’d probably be a lot happier and would not give a f*ck about cliques and cunts that just don’t matter even though at school you convince yourself that they do. 

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Clint Eastwood' - Gorillaz 
I can’t remember how old I was, but this was the first song I replayed over and over and over. 

One record you would keep forever?
'XO' by Elliott Smith. Just a master of melody and his songs are so emotive, every song seems to evoke some kind of memory for me. Same with his album Either/Or as well to be fair but I’ll stick with 'XO'.

A song from your favourite album?
'Lithium' by Nirvana off 'Nevermind'.
Just a top class banger with great lyrics off one of the greatest albums of all time. 

A song you wish you had written?
The Pixies 'Where Is My Mind?'. Such an incredible tune. It's one of the few songs that makes me feel something that I really just can't quite describe, like some songs make you feel happy, sad, inspired, energetic, lethargic or whatever but Where is My Mind just makes me feel some sort of weird mix of everything.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Early teens The Real 'Slim Shady' by Eminem. 
Mid to late teens 'Anarchy In The UK' by the Sex Pistols. 

A lyric that has inspired you?
Even though it's sort of vague, I always loved the line 'phew, for a minute there I lost myself' in Radiohead's 'Karma Police'. It's sort of vague, but it just perfectly sums up when something jolts in music or film, and you just get completely immersed in something you love, or on the flipside when you lose yourself in something horrible like anger, rage or misery. So I guess I'm not really sure how it's inspired me thinking about it. It's just always stuck with me. I think it's just one of the best bits of music ever written and the lyric fits it so perfectly, maybe it just inspired me to want to write something that makes you immerse yourself in music the way the bit of the song does.

Best song to turn up loud?
'F*ck Forever' by Babyshambles.
Just for when that f*cking huge chorus hits. 

Best song to bring people together?
'Wonderwall' or 'Don’t Look Back in Anger' by Oasis really init? Anytime that hits when you’re battered, everyone grabs someone and sings it, even if they hate the songs. 

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Strange Bones, Breed, The Blinders, Calva Louise are my current favs. Check them out.

False Heads | Retina (2018)

False Heads | Twentynothing (2017)

False Heads | Weigh In (2016)

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