EP Review: False-Heads – “Wear & Tear”
East London’s False-Heads describe themselves as alternative rock, the press release calls them psych-rock, some have even called them art rock. This isn’t because they’re too hard to pin down, but probably more of a case of being kind. If we must pigeon-hole them why don’t we just say they sound like Pixies, yeah? Because they do. They sound rather a lot like them. So the main question is are they any good? If a band is going to be derivative, they’d best be able to do what they do well.
Thankfully, False-Heads know exactly what they’re doing, and can find their way around a chunky guitar riffs and angular melodies pretty well, which is most apparent on the EP’s lead track Wrap Up. Built around a big ole fuzzed up riff, it evokes the nineties alternative scene so much you can almost smell the plaid shirts.
Twentynothing at first sounds in danger of taking the Pixies influence too far, the opening jangly chord sequence bringing to mind Debaser, but it’s seasick application of said chord sequence in the chorus soon gives the song its own identity. Snatch follows the same blueprint as the previous two tracks and adds an oddly catchy chorus to the mix, and then, on closing track Nothing In There, they bring out their moody side. Full of slowly building, discordant guitars and a lethargic vocal from front-man Luke Griffiths, it’s by far the most interesting thing on the EP as it does something different, and different is always good.
False-Heads don't bring anything new to the table, but what they do display on Wear & Tear is a solid command of their chosen genre, and with their more unusual side on display on Nothing In There, there's an indication that False-Heads are building up to something great.