Play It Loud – Meet, False Heads

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False Heads know how to crank it up. These songs are full of guitar riffs, cool vocals, has that pounding rock sensation thing down pat. My suggestion would be turn it up and have a blast….

Hi our name is….

False-Heads

People say we sound like…..

Nirvana, Pixies (we love these bands but we find the comparison a tad tedious after a while) Richard hell and the Voidods, Dinosaur Junior, Radiohead, Weezer, R.E.M and even the Libertines.

We are…..

Luke Griffiths, Jake Elliott and well it was Dan Delgaty but we will have a new drummer soon.

We are from…….

East London/Essex

Who are some bands that have an influence on you?

To be fair pretty much all of the bands that I mentioned in what people said we sound like and The Beatles, The Clash, Muse, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and loads others.

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band?

I (Luke) was 16 when I first started playing guitar, I play guitar and sing and Jake plays the bass. Jake’s a pretty musical dude, he plays guitar/bass and fucks about on piano as well. I think Jake has been playing since he was about 14.

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting them out what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?

The process is quite straight forward for us in song writing terms. I’ll play guitar for a few hours, stumble across a melody or a hook that I like on the guitar and build a very rough outline for a tune over that with lyrics and a vocal melody. I then take it to Jake we flesh it out fully, Jake helps me turn it into a fully formed tune and adds his bass lines but also sometimes helps me with guitar solos or riffs and licks over the top. That’s how we work and it’s comfortable for us. Then we take it to the drummer and he puts drum parts over the top. Before we got signed, we would just whack them out really as soon as we did a shit demo of a tune but I guess now we take it a bit more seriously and think about where we want to record them and get a good sounding version of the tune and then release it through our label (Hi4Head Records) once we’ve settled on singles/cover art etc. There’s lots of challenges for upcoming bands though, the internet is a great platform to get music out there but it’s just completely saturated now so in a way I feel it’s just as difficult. The live scene is also dying I think because of the internet, people don’t seem to just be going out to watch small upcoming bands as much. I might be wrong but that is the way it feels. It’s definitely harder to sell records as a small band as well I think. People do really expect everything for free now. You just gotta be willing to push through that stuff I guess. I also think to be honest, there’s a lot of real fucking shit boring, bland, mundane bands with nothing to say getting mainstream attention. Sometimes I just sit and think how the fuck have Bastille had a number one record? Banality clearly reigns supreme. I think when you’re in a band and you say stuff like that people just think ‘you’re just jealous you ain’t getting that success’ but it isn’t that at all, I would fucking love an amazing band with a genuineness about them to break through and slay everyone in their wake and I’d be supporting them 100 percent of the way but unfortunately I cannot relate or get behind any of the new bands getting serious mainstream attention at the moment.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be ….

I’d love to just live through the rise of Alternative Rock from late 80s into the 90s. Wouldn’t mind where it would be. I suppose Seattle is an obvious one but I’m not a massive fan of loads of bands that came out of that scene. I do love Nirvana but I think the second best band of that American era was definitely The Smashing Pumpkins and they had nothing to do with Seattle. I’d have seen the Pixies as well. I would like to have been around London when the Sex Pistols and the Clash kicked off as well.


Who are all of you currently listening to ….

I’ve been having a bit of a Libertines session lately. I revisited them after a while and they’re a great band! Shame they fucked it up in such a spectacular fashion really. Jake is has been listening to Loaded by the Velvet Underground.

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?

Radiohead would be unreal for me to be honest. Just because I think they such a fucking force to listen to and also watch in action. I’ve seen them twice and watching Jonny Greenwood tuning in and out of radio frequencies with an actual radio on stage for ‘The National Anthem’ was something else. To open for that and then watch that from the side would be unreal for me.

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

Just be as genuine and passionate as you can with your music and just write songs you would want to hear, it’s cheesy and cliche but it’s the truth I think. Don’t try and write stuff you think other people might like. I mean it’s obviously a nice feeling when other people recognise your music and like it, I don’t think anyone would deny that but I think when you sit down and say I’m going to write a song that I think other people will like you might as well just not bother being in a band or write songs and just be like fucking Jake Bugg or George Ezra who has all his songs co-written. That’s just bullshit! And that mentality and process really is killing music I think. I’d also say take your time as well, I sort of jumped into a band as soon as I could and I wish I hadn’t because it was pointless, I didn’t feel comfortable playing guitar, singing or with the songs I’d written because frankly they were shit. I wasn’t proud of any of them but I just felt like I best jump straight into it. Take your time until your comfortable with what you’re doing and when your proud of the tunes you’re putting out would be my advice I guess and you’ve also got to prepared for rejection, that’s another big thing. A lot of people won’t like your music or what you’re doing, you just gotta be prepared for that.

The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to us….

Don’t just slot us into a category because some bits of a song sound a bit like the Pixies or Nirvana, just take it for what it is I guess.


Our plans for 2015…..

Release ‘Wear and Tear’, gig and write and record more material. I’d like to get a single out as well after this release.


Pre-order of Wear and Tear. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

releases 13 April 2015

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From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife , 4 great kids and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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