They’re an ethereal whirr of distortion, plaid, glorious hair, sparkles – oh, and did I mention that they’re Julian Casablancas’ new favourite band? Apart from the major hair envy that they enlist, what is so distinctive about South London newbies INHEAVEN?
Having only released a scattering of tracks, INHEAVEN are already jolting up a violent indie storm throughout the UK. Fresh from supporting Yak with a few new releases under their belts, the quartet are all about smashing together 90s grunge and bleached pop in a dazzling veil of dreamy noise.
Let’s not forget their impossibly cool astral lyrics, which exude sleepy clangs and candid words. Speaking to The Line of Best Fit, the band revealed that they; “Tried to be clever before and ‘say something’ with lyrics, but it just came our awful. We’re better just going with how we feel.” Uniquely this DIY ethic is applied to all of INHEAVEN’s work, from their abstract art to their visionary music videos featuring historic grainy tapes.
Last year the band debuted their first releases, including tracks Regeneration and the eluding Tangerine. Regeneration is a cloudy spin on our favourite highland rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain. Starring lazy headbanging, it’s the fuzzy ballad we all want ringing in our ears at the end of the night. Taking a softer path, the placid Tangerine is silky smooth – blurring spacey shoegaze with illusionary words. Clearly not planning on slowing down anytime soon, this year they’ve released Baby’s Alright; a swirling mirage of an indie-rock anthem, echoing Pixie’s-esquire surfer bass and contagious spirited vibes.
Essentially, INHEAVEN are not an act to miss out on this year. Always vibrating with atmosphere, catch them at a UK festival this year leaving a trail of glitter behind…
Review: Lauren Shute