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False Heads are an east London-based three-piece rock/punk band consisting of Luke Griffiths (Vocals/Guitar), Jake Elliott (Bass) and Barney Nash (Drums/Vocals).
Having met at Coopers’ Company and Coburn School in Upminster the three members reconvened after University to make music together in late 2015. While all members had collaborated creatively with each other in the past and Griffiths had previously released music under the title, this marked the first time they began to perform together as ‘False Heads’.
While playing at the Black Heart in Camden in November 2015, False Heads caught the attention of former Ramones manager Danny Fields also famous for signing Iggy Pop & The Stooges and The MC5. Fields began to take an interest in and to mentor the band, even declaring that they were “the future of Rock and Roll”.
After releasing a number of singles in 2016 and playing venues including the Roundhouse in July 2016 for the 30th anniversary of the Ramones’ performance, False Heads released their debut EP Gutter Press in March 2017 receiving critical acclaim and extensive radio play, both domestically and internationally being played on Radio 1, recording a live session on Radio X being championed by Iggy Pop on his Radio 6 Music programme. In the United States Rodney Bingenheimer regularly praised the band and played Gutter Press tracks on his Sirius XM shows.
In November 2017 the band were included on the bill at “A Peaceful Noise”, a show celebrating the life of Nick Alexander, who was killed during the Bataclan terrorist attack in 2015. False Heads performed alongside Frank Turner, Band of Skulls and Josh Homme at the ULU in Bloomsbury, London.
False Heads were included in The Independent’s list of bands to watch in 2018 and released their single “Retina” via Vallence records in March 2018. The subsequent release of the bands acclaimed EP ‘Less is Better’ co-incided with their appearances at Liverpool Sound City, The Alternative Escape in Brighton, Liverpool Calling, Camden Rocks & InMusic Festival in Croatia playing alongside Queens Of The Stone Age & David Byrne.
2019 brought their music onto BT TV’s playlist, YouTube’s ‘New Rock and Metal’ playlist, Soccer AM, Spotify’s ‘New Noise’ and ‘All New Rock’ playlists, Apple Music’s ‘Breaking Rock’ playlist and Amazon’s ‘Best New Bands’ playlist, not to mention constant radio support from Jack Saunders (BBC R1), Rodney Bingenheimer (Sirius XM), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), Gordon Smart (Radio X), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Huw Stephens (BBC R1) to name a few.
In between all this activity the band found themselves in the studio in Cambridge with producer Matty Moon to record their debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’. The sessions over a period of a few weeks proved inspiring, garnering the band a deal with Lovers Music.
Rounding off the year with the release of ‘Slease’ via Lovers Music and a UK Nationwide tour with ‘A’, False Heads prepared for 2020 – Debut Album release year.
It’s All There But You’re Dreaming was initially released on 13th March 2020 right the midst of the beginnings of the global pandemic and only 10 days before the UK went into total lockdown.
The impact on the band was immediate with cancelled appearances at SxSW and New Collosus in New York, their first ever TV appearance in Germany and the debut album tour put into jeopardy.
That didn’t stop the plaudits coming in with The Line Of Best Fit stating “You need to hear this album” – Louder than War saying False Heads “are a force to be reckoned with” & Pop Matters hailing the bands debut as “One of 2020’s Best British Rock Albums”
Emerging out of 2020 into 2021 with a new album recorded and produced by Frank Turner – released in Sept 2022 – False Heads’ reputation is picking up more pace than ever, as their sound reaches ears on a global scale and their unbelievably fearless live shows end up in controlled chaos time and time again the band have now clocked up over 3 million streams and reaching audiences around the world.
Enter 2022 with the legendary Iggy Pop going so far as to endorse the band as “young, talented and going places”, they have also attracted the attention of Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Louder Than War and DSCVRD Magazine, with Gigwise praising single “Thick Skin” as “fuelled by punk rage and instant-classic riffs, [setting] the tone for the rest of the forthcoming album.” Gaining airplay across the UK and beyond from a range of tastemaker names including BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing, talkSport Radio, Amazing Radio, Radio X, Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, KINK in the Netherlands and Inter FM in Japan, False Heads have also gained placements on Apple Music’s ‘New in Rock’, Spotify’s ‘All New Rock’, Deezer’s ‘Hot New Rock’ and Amazon Music’s ‘Best New Bands’ playlists.
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