Article by KevW
Considering their proper debut album (they released a set of demos back in 2012) only came out this summer, South Carolina's HEYROCCO have achieved an awful lot and built themselves a sizable following. Touring the UK and Europe (including festival spots and a headline gig in London) and notching up national radio play is no mean feat considering all that was available were those home recordings and an EP late last year, but it's not quite a case of everything falling into the trio's lap. They formed in 2009, so have been around a while, and gigged extensively in the US. They've put in the groundwork.
It's paid off though, and their mix of "grungy angst and bubblegum pop" is certainly a winning formula. They've been compared to Nirvana and Pavement, and true enough, you can hear aspects of both bands in tracks like video single 'Melt' (a long time favourite that was on last year's 'Mom Jeans' EP, as well as recent LP 'Teenage Movie Soundtrack'). Perhaps it's the old-fashioned video (a little bit 'Buddy Holly' maybe?), but you'd have to say that Weezer are also a strong comparison. This is the same kind of catchy, scuzzy alt-rock that they made their name with. If you're new to HEYROCCO, it'll be worth trying to catch them on their upcoming tour. All the hype sounds like it's worth it.
Buy the album
Catch them live:
September 30th – London, Tooting Tram & Social
October 1st – Guildford, Boilerroom
October 2nd – Brighton, Green Door Store
October 3rd – Exeter, Cavern
October 6th – London, Old Blue Last
October 7th – London, King’s Head
October 8th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
October 9th – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
October 11th – Preston, The Ferret
October 13th – Manchester, The Castle
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