It is fair to say that US band Heyrocco wowed the UK with their debut UK tour not so long ago and has gripped a broader expanse of attention through their sounds and releases, especially their Mom Jeans EP. Now with their Soundcloud profile alone hitting over 250k plays over the last six months, the South Carolina trio release new single Elsewhere; the song a potent confirmation of the impressive emergence of the band and a rather tasty appetiser for impending debut album Teenage Movie Soundtrack from which it is taken. The song is a spicy and vivacious dose of angular guitar rock soaked in the distinctive sound which has already drawn comparisons to the likes of Nirvana, Pavements, and Mudhoney.
Elsewhere is a continuation of an already successful tempting of ears and attention through earlier releases and their dynamic live presence. It is fair to say that the threesome of Nate Merli (vocals/guitar), Christopher Cool (bass), and Taco Cooper (drums) has been increasingly finding eager appetites for their dark, nostalgic pop tunes self-proclaimed as ‘Disney Grunge’, since forming around five years ago. Recently the Charleston band as mentioned, has been wooing British audiences on a tour which included headlining a sold out show in front of 1400 people for Club NME @ KOKO. With the release of Teenage Movie Soundtrack looming, the album several years in the making, 2015 is looking another potent proposition for Heyrocco and could not have got off to a more flavoursome start with Elsewhere.
The single is straight into ears with jabbing beats, tangy hooks, and the engaging voice of Merli. It is a start allowing no time for senses and imagination to take a moment to ponder, instead forcing them to greedily devour the lively bounce and almost mischievous character of the song. Within a few further breaths of expressive syllables and spiralling melodies, all wrapped in a acidic spicing, it is easy to see why the band has been matched to those comparisons earlier mentioned, but equally there are whispers of bands such as The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys , and UK’s own newcomers, The Jacques to the song.
Elsewhere continues to dance and flirt with the listener through gradually bolder and more muscular rhythms and the unpredictable but easily accessible nineties seeded endeavour of the guitars. By its close, the single has made the strongest persuasion and bred keen anticipation for the upcoming album, whilst showing Heyrocco as a real feel good proposition with flirtatious shadows that all should consider becoming more closely acquainted with.
Elsewhere is available from February 23rd via Vital Music Group @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/elsewhere-single/id958133606?ls=1
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