Genres: Rock / Indie / Irish / Folk / Punk
Related artists: N/A
Country: Dublin, IRELAND
Years Active: 2007-present
Song: "What's Your Damage?"
Album: 'Here, Not There'
For fans of: Tegan and Sara, Mates of State, Laura Stevenson and the Cans and Joanna Newsom.
HEATHERS are a twin-sister duo that were much akin to Tegan and Sara, albeit with an Irish twist, that formed in 2007 and released a fantastic debut album in 2008 titled 'Here, Not There' and followed it up with a very different sounding 'Kingdom' in 2012. This is a style of music that, if I read a review, I would discount immediately and move on to the next review, as this is normally my kind of thing. Luckily, I took the time to listen to their music before making that final judgement - hence the point of the (((((OPEN mind SATURATED brain)))))'s mp3 mix.
'Here, Not There' is a swirling mix of the Macnamara sisters' wailing voices and punk-laden acoustic guitar. Their vocal harmonies are absolutely amazing, even if they are a little shrill at times. If you can handle Joanna Newsom and Laura Stevenson, this won't be a problem for you.
'Kingdom' is heavily influenced by 80s pop music, so it's not really for me. It sounds like their earlier work meets Kate Bush and newer Mates of State.
***JULY 7th, 2013 - Okay, it's not like the predecessor - but 'Kingdom' is much better than I had initially thought. My description wasn't far off, it's a much more mature album, it appeals to a broader audience and I would assume the sisters and most fans of the band would agree that this album is in fact far superior. From a general perspective, they would be absolutely right.
Check out the links below and give these girl's a shot. 'Here, Not There' is still one of my favourite albums that falls outside of my standard musical comfort zone. If it's too "in-your-face", check out something from 'Kingdom' - which will probably appeal to you.
2008 - Here, Not There cdLP
2012 - Kingdom cd/12"LP
youtube (((((official music video))))) links
HEATHERS - "Remember When" (from 'Here, Not There')
HEATHERS - "Forget Me Knots" (from the album 'Kingdom')
HEATHERS - "Lions, Tigers, Bears" (from the album 'Kingdom')
youtube (((((live video))))) links
HEATHERS - "Fire Ants" (from the album 'Here, Not There')
HEATHERS - Live at Trinity College 2012 (11 minutes long)