FRESH: ‘After Forever’ – Heir

British group Heir are back with “After Forever”.

by Christopher Smith

Heir are a DIY indie-pop band from Leeds. Their organic songwriting, infectious rhythmical hooks and powerful vocal harmonies have propelled the five-piece to striking independent success. After hitting viral figures on Spotify with their debut single, “I’ll Pick You Up” they have since performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, worked with producer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie) and launched their own collaborative arts night, Blueprint.

2019 sees the band head out on a UK and European tour. Look our for latest releases “Restless”, “Better In Silence” and “After Forever” – mixed by Geoff Swan (HAIM, Metronomy, Coldplay). This is the group’s ‘little number’! Heir felt it suitable to their DIY roots to have a silly self directed video to suit (enjoy!).

The band say “After Forever” may well be our grooviest yet. It’s the latest in a string of classy pop tracks, delicately crafted to depict the confusion, love, sadness and promise that accompanies life as an early twenty-year-old”. The band have a reputation for feel-good, 80s throwback energy but they also cite honest and thoughtful songwriting as one of their primary pillars of inspiration.

As well as gravitating towards writing music that makes you want to move they also love the process of getting right inside the story – world of the lyrics. With this latest stuff they have captured a rhythm of writing that channeled a little bit more of that simple songwriter sound that they grew up listening to.

It is this marriage of two of popular music’s most charming features that makes Heir so exciting. Combining the synth-driven, party-playlist sounds of Prince and the ponderings of Paul Simon, the anthemic Fleetwood Mac-esque choruses and the rhythmical prowess of HAIM and Parcels, these boys have an energy that flows from the heart, bounces about on stage for a bit before hitting you in the chest and winning you over in an instant.

For more about Heir, check out their WEBSITE and their FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!