Frank Turner-produced punk trio False Heads come to Sidney & Matilda in October
and live on Freeview channel 276
Having taken the UK by storm after their formation in 2015, the Essex outfit have gained an incendiary live reputation after playing with the likes of The Libertines, Josh Homme and Band of Skulls.
With the legendary Iggy Pop going so far as to endorse the band as “young, talented and going places”, False Heads have also attracted the attention of Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Louder Than War and DSCVRD Magazine, with Gigwise praising recent single “Thick Skin” as “fuelled by punk rage and instant-classic riffs, [setting] the tone”.
Leading the charge of the new Frank Turner-produced LP, “Cottonmouth” is as catchy as it is caustic: blending barbed punk energy with infectious melodies and energetic ear-worm choruses that burrow deep into the listener’s consciousness.
Barrelling towards an explosive guitar breakdown, the track blends fuzzy riffs with muffled, metallic drum beats and pop-punk-esque vocals to create a virulent rock tirade that captures False Heads at their highly-charged best.
Speaking of the new track, frontman Luke Griffiths says:
“Cottonmouth is about the constant conflict of giving into your nihilism and fighting it: both serve a purpose. Cottonmouth is what happens after you take too many drugs — same as nihilism and being a curmudgeon. I think it can help you see things as they really are sometimes, but other times you can’t give into it as you would be mentally and socially crippled 24/7”
A testament to the band’s riotous musicianship and knack for making a scathing statement about the world around them, ‘Cottonmouth’ joins previous singles “Haunted Houses (feat. Frank Turner)”, “Thick Skin”, “Day Glow” and “Mime The End” on the band’s new ten-track LP ‘Sick Moon’.
Inspired by the feeling that “the external world often seems to parallel and affect your internal struggles”, the record was born partly out of frontman Luke’s frustration at the music industry over the past few years. “Rock and pop music have become an endeavour for kids from super-rich families, or with parents already in the industry,” he says.
A record that grapples with these bigger ideas, as well as Luke’s own personal battles, the vocalist adds of the album:
“The album is just a pure expression of everything I've felt and feel. It's pure rage, isolation, and alienation, yet also sarcastic and hopefully sprinkled with a bit of humour. It's a stream of consciousness I used to deal with my struggles with depression, insomnia, anxiety, and issues with substance abuse.”
False Heads will be celebrating ‘Sick Moon’’s release by heading out on their most extensive UK and European tour with a performance coming up on 14 October at Sheffield’s Sidney & Matilda.
False Heads new album, Sick Moon is out now via Scruff Of The Neck Records, available on all streaming services.