Leah Hamer || January 27th
INHEAVEN are the fresh new face of teenage, glittery grunge. With a dark humour, a striking style and a trail of famous fans including Julian Casablancas, INHEAVEN are preparing to pounce on 2017. REBEL spoke to their dynamite singer, Chloe Little, ahead of their February tour about her highlights of 2016, drenching herself in fake blood and the lack of recognition that guitar music receives today.
‘Touring is our favourite bit about being in a band. You get to see parts of the country you would never normally get a chance to visit, most of these places we have never played before.’
Stoke is not one of those however, after INHEAVEN visited The Sugarmill, earlier last year alongside Circa Waves. Their return on the 10th February to the iconic venue, is eagerly anticipated by their growing Stoke fan base.
After building such strong bonds with the guys behind Circa Waves on that tour, it is unsurprising that they are re-joining them on the road in March for their European run of dates. ‘That’s going to be amazing. We’ve been lucky enough to play with Circa Waves before, but doing a whole tour with them in places we’ve never been to is going to be a lot of fun. They are all really nice boys, I’m excited to see them play every night.’
Despite sharing the tour bus with so many incredible artists since their formation, including Blossoms and Jamie T, this time round, the spotlight belongs entirely to INHEAVEN, which means only one thing- new material- ‘We’re playing songs that no one will ever have heard.’
Alongside touring endlessly throughout 2016, INHEAVEN blasted their way through festival season, capturing the hearts of fans stuck in the mud. ‘Reading was a major highlight for us, it was the first time we have ever had that many people singing our songs back at us. It was pretty special.’
If you are yet to hear any of INHEAVEN’s gnarly shoegaze, then your first taste needs to be their famed single Treats. Yet the video, is even sweeter. It features a choreographed, cheerleading chant led by Chloe, who is then drowned in blood in the final sequence. ‘We wanted cheerleaders, fire, and blood- and I’m pretty sure that’s what I delivered.’ As well as fronting the band alongside, James Taylor, Chloe has produced and directed all of their music videos to date. ‘With this being our fourth proper video shoot, I felt confident I knew what I was doing.’
Alongside its gory video, Treats has been critically recognised, and was voted DIY Magazine’s Song Of The Year. Adding to their glory, INHEAVEN were included in the The NME 100 list, yet this is not something Chloe feels the need to boast about.
‘It’s cool and always great to be recognised for doing something well. However, I think NME is unfortunately just part of the corporate machine now. It doesn’t support new music, it’s all about ad sales and click bate. My dream as a kid was to be on the cover of NME, but now they put people like Zara Larson and Britney Spears on it. It’s not about new music anymore which feels very sad. There aren’t really any mainstream publications that do champion guitar music.’
Chloe, alongside her bandmates, are destined to have a spellbinding 2017. Her New Year’s resolution is simple and thoughtful, ‘To be better and well-rounded human. It’s the same every year.’ She will get this, and a whole lot more, I’ll bet.
INHEAVEN will perform at The Sugarmill, Stoke, on Friday 10th February.
Tickets are available at http://www.seetickets.com/event/inheaven/the-sugarmill/1055248