With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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Heartsink – Fulford Arms, York – Sunday 8th August 2021 August 10, 2021

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 11:14 pm
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After such a long period deprived of gigs thanks to Covid this was my second in three days. I have listened a lot to Heartsink, but this was to be the first time that I saw them live, in the headline slot too. But more of them later, there were also three fine support acts. The evening kicked off with Friday Night Lights, to me they are pop punk with a much heavier and classic punk undercurrent. They have some great songs and the shared lead/ counterpoint vocals add real depth. My one small criticism is that they felt a little under rehearsed. But to be fair that is probably the case for many bands after the last 18 months we have lived through. I bought their CD, for a quid, now that is a bargain. On top of that the CD has some cracking tunes too.

Friday Night Lights

Next up were Covent, the name means Church or Monastery apparently. This lot are very heavy with an added dash of prog rock thrown into the mix. The lead singe has a brilliantly gruff vocal which conveys emotion really well. The drummer could give Animal (from the Muppets) and Keith Moon a run for their money. The break down on “Colour Drain” shows a softer, more soulful side to Covent. They also win the evenings best beard award which I award to the bass player in honour of the late, great Dusty Hill.

Covent

Shark Bait from Leeds were next and what a supremely tight band they are. Some amazing songs with a heavy take on kitchen sink dramas in the lyrics. “Drip”, about a leak in a crap house they shared in Doncaster, is a particularly good example of this. The front man/ lead vocalist is clearly also a great entertainer who really understands the crowd. The cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was an inspired and exceptional choice of a cover. It was everything a cover version should be, very different and not just some bland boy band facsimile. The rhythm is an absolute powerhouse, the bass player even makes the full Lemmy pose when playing. How the fuck have I not come across this band before now?

Finally it was time for Heartsink, playing their first gig since March 2020. Badge this lot as just another pop punk band at your peril. Sure they have a lot of pop punk elements but they are so much broader and deeper than that. The acoustic tune was very special. This band has definitely not reached their peak but they are clearly on a very fast trajectory to get there. It is seeing bands like this, who are clearly having fun, which makes me realise how much I have missed gigs during these awful Covid times. All the bands on the bill tonight were very god and some were very tough acts to follow. But I reckon Heartsink smashed it, although Shark Bait were a very close second.

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“Taking It Slow/ Memory” – Heartsink September 28, 2020

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Those cheeky pop punk chaps Heartsink are back, not with one single, but two! Back to those golden days of the double A-Side. You young folks need to ask your grandparents what an A-Side was. York’s masterful pop punkers create a relative riff storm with added lightning drums on “Taking It Slow”. It does not do what is says on the tin as it rocks at a rifftacular pace and made me want to dance from the first bar. It has an excellent singalong quality which will feel so damned good when gigs return. Bryn’s vocal oozes rock class.

If you’re a pop punk fan you are almost certainly already a fan of Heartsink, one of York’s best up and coming bands. They play like the mean it and I really believe they do. “Memory” reduces the tempo by a smidge, but it still stands as a very good tune indeed. It is full of passion and emotion and is that some anger and sarcasm I hear in there too. It’s a close call but I think my favourite is, at least for now, “Taking It Slow”. This is Heartsink’s second appearance on With Just A Hint Of Mayhem and I am confident it won’t be their last. Heartsink are Zac Roughton, Jake Roughton, Kiel Hodgson and Bryn Portas and they should be very proud of these releases, it is a portent to them getting even better in the future. Roll on the first Heartsink album!

Apparently heartsink means “a patient who repeatedly visits his or her doctor’s surgery, often with multiple or non-specific symptoms, and whose complaints are impossible to treat.” So I reckon if that is you, take a listen to these two tunes and you’ll be cured, you will never darken your doctor’s door again!

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“Starting Over” – Heartsink February 2, 2020

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York band Heartsink have a new single out today. It is called “Starting Over” and it is a pop-punk powerhouse of a tune. It takes the best elements of classic US pop-punk and filters it through a very British vibe. It is an earworm with a classy rhythm section making the rock engine purr and some very powerful riffage. Jake’s vocals are yearning, powerful and spot on! The production on this tune from Ben Stuart Brown is first class.

Heartsink are twin brothers Zac and Jake Roughton on drums respectively. The pair are aided and abetted in their long term plan to dominate the pop-punk world by  Kiel Hodgson on Guitar and bassist/ vocalist Bryn Portas. The boys have been around a while as a band and on the evidence of this track alone, Heartsink are a pretty well oiled and slick machine. A few more anthemic tunes like this and festivals will be falling over themselves to get them on their line ups. You can catch them tomorrow supporting Roam at the Basement in York, I might be there myself!

Check out the tune via YouTube below and click here to find it on Spotify!

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