“Cue the light wash denim jeans and tattoo chokers because Heyrocco’s new single launches us right into 90’s teenage movie nostalgia. Like these Southern sweethearts, we admittedly might not have been the coolest kids in high school—but at least we can pretend like we were while listening to some 90’s inspired rock and roll.” NYLON
After making waves at home and abroad last year, US three-piece Heyrocco, continue to win fans on both sides of the pond with their fantastic new single ‘Elsewhere’. A perfect marriage of grungy angst and bubblegum pop, ‘Elsewhere’ boasts heavy distorted bass lines, filthy guitar tones and sing-along-a pop sensibilities in abundance. The shambolically, psychedelic video can be viewed here.
It follows their much raved about debut single ‘Virgin’, which NME claimed, “mimics the angst-ridden grunge of Nirvana, while flecks of Pavement ensure a distinctly nostalgic flavor to these guitar heroes”, and Clash stated was “set in high school, with its corrosive mixture of The Cure and Mudhoney conjuring up all manner of adolescent fury.”
Both tracks comes from the band’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’, due out this summer alongside a full set of UK and European tour dates
Nathan Jake Merli (Guitar and Vocals), Chris Cool (Bass, and yes, that’s real name) and Tanner ‘Taco’ Cooper first plugged-in the amps in their parents’ garages five years ago in South Carolina and were soon touring across the United States in their shitty van.
Their first UK tour at the end of last year brought their explosive live show to a rabid audience, including a sold out show in front of 1,400 people for Club NME @ KOKO. They also have been lighting up the radio airwaves with support from all the coolest DJs on Radio 1, XFM and Kerrang Radio.
With their brand new single ‘Elsewhere’ and the raucous brilliance of the forthcoming ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’, it seems that Heyrocco’s brand of 90’s-inspired ‘Disney grunge’ is connecting with a whole new generation of fans.
An English gent with a penchant for fuzz. Sonically a modern day Tom Waits with a full back catalogue of Kills records, and a nod to the songwriting mastery of Nick Cave. It is a story of breaking the mould, a love affair with tone, a strict discipline and desire to create something a bit different.
John J Presley and his band have been adding to their loyal fan base over the past year through their live shows in Europe and here in the UK with the likes of Band of Skulls, TOY, Temples, Jim Jones Revue, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dolomite Minor. As well as being personally invited guests to be main support on the last ever Jim Jones Revue tour, they were also named as a highlight at the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage in The Times.
“If Bukowski was to join a band of our time I think it’d be this one. The vocals remind you of Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, while the guitars have the same drive, as Jack White’s or the Black Keys do, only much dirtier.” MusicNTing Blog
“…this is an altogether darker variant of the form, one that finds itself rubbing shoulders in the twisted and twilit worlds of Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. As exemplified by his two coruscating singles, ‘Left’ and ‘Honeybee’, Presley doesn’t just sing his songs; he inhabits them and in doing so invites the listener to be complicit in his shadowy tales.” The Quietus
2015 has already seen him named as one of Xfm’s Great X-Pectations and with a forthcoming tour supporting Kill It Kid in March/April 2015. John J Presley and his band will be releasing their first EP in May with a UK tour and festival appearances to follow.
No hype. No names. Just SHAKE SHAKE.
‘The Monterey Breakdown EP’ coming soon.