INHEAVEN want to be the kind of band you’d have patched onto your bag at school. There’re shades of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine on the nostalgic, cinematic ‘Regeneration’ – the first song Taylor wrote – though there’s a little more melody and a little more bite than the ‘90s shoegazers. Naming themselves after the infamous lady in the radiator scene from David Lynch’s Eraserhead, INHEAVEN wasted no time getting the word out – though in their own, unique way. They set up a mysterious website with hidden videos, made fanzines, produced their own artwork on Microsoft Word, and sent their songs to blogs around the world.
One of those to pick it up was The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas. “Rory Atwell, who mixed our first EP, forwarded me this email from Cult Records,” says Taylor, “and it said, ‘Us and Julian are loving these songs. Who are they? Where can we get a hold of them?” After a handful of correspondences, Casablancas’ label released INHEAVEN’s first single in America, and “from that point on it started rolling out of control.”
In a good way, that is. Now, after gaining support from NME, Q, The Independent and DIY, accumulating several hundred thousand YouTube views and Spotify streams, and – more importantly – accruing a loyal cult following, the band are opening for Circa Waves on tour. The band’s new single, ‘Vultures’, the video for which comprises crackling television screens, flashing up images of Theresa May and Donald Trump, demonic pigs, the US flag, Mickey Mouse, crossed out swastikas, and a woman with a gun to her head, on an endless loop.
Inheaven play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 9th October 2017. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘Vultures’ below:
This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters and This Is Tmrw.