Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Anna from unsigned London band Heavy Heart to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Heavy Heart is Anna, Patrick, James, Craig and Max and we've all known each other for a few years. James and I are siblings so we've known each other a bit longer! We formed Heavy Heart a few years ago after we'd all been in different bands, and after releasing a demo EP, we spent the whole of 2016 writing, recording and releasing a new song each month of that year. The name Heavy Heart was something I had been thinking about for a while before we formed the band - it seemed to sum up how I felt a lot of the time, and also reflected the two sides of the music I wanted to make - loud guitars and a certain unrelenting power, but with something more delicate and emotional to it as well.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The first band I loved was The Beatles, who I got into when I was about 8 or 9. That hasn't really changed actually, but I guess along the way I discovered things like The Pixies, Nirvana, Patti Smith, Television... so those are all my influences too, but I'm not sure if that comes across in our music.
How would you describe your sound?
This is always a hard one to answer without sounding silly... I sometimes say our music is dreamrock, because it's heavier than dreampop but it has some of the same textures and atmosphere to it. But people have said alt-rock, indie rock, shoegaze (we're not really but I'm not complaining!).
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
We just released a single called 'Cry Ice'. It's our third single this year and thematically forms part of a loose trilogy with the other two songs we released previously ('Bed Bug' in January and 'Dowsabel' in March). It tells the story of two lovers freezing to death on a mountainside, trapped just out of reach of each other, and I guess this, and the other singles this year, are about the end of a relationship and the different feelings of sadness, anger, and loss that this brings up. These songs have been written from my own experience and I guess they're pretty personal, but writing about it is one way of laying things to rest.
What’s your local music scene like?
I live in Peckham in south east London, so it's pretty good. There are a lot of bands who congregate around The Windmill in Brixton, and we also share a studio and rehearsal space with several local bands, so it's a nice and supportive community. Generally everyone goes to each other's shows and helps each other out. It doesn't always happen like that so we're lucky really.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
No festivals but we're working on new songs for another EP or maybe an album, we'll see how it goes!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails - I think that would be a really interesting collaboration, and he's one of my musical heroes.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Funnily enough, I have never fallen over on stage. It will almost certainly happen now I've said that.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I eat my breakfast cereal with water instead of milk...