Leading the charge of the new Frank Turner-produced LP, “Cottonmouth” is as catchy as it is caustic: blending barbed punk energy with infectious melodies and energetic earworm choruses. Barrelling towards an explosive guitar breakdown, the track blends fuzzy riffs with muffled, metallic drum beats and pop-punk-esque vocals to create a virulent rock tirade that captures False Heads at their highly-charged best.
Speaking of the new track, frontman Luke Griffiths says:
“”Cottonmouth” is about the constant conflict of giving into your nihilism and fighting it: both serve a purpose. Cottonmouth is what happens after you take too many drugs — same as nihilism and being a curmudgeon. I think it can help you see things as they really are sometimes, but other times you can’t give into it as you would be mentally and socially crippled 24/7.”
A testament to the band’s riotous musicianship and knack for making a scathing statement about the world around them, ‘Cottonmouth’ joins previous singles “Haunted Houses (feat. Frank Turner)”, “Thick Skin”, “Day Glow” and “Mime The End” on the band’s new ten-track LP ‘Sick Moon’.
Also out today, the new album was produced by punk icon Frank Turner at his home studio, with its first single “Day Glow” unveiled just weeks after Turner’s own record ‘FTHC’ landed the UK Number One spot.
Inspired by the feeling that “the external world often seems to parallel and affect your internal struggles”, the record was born partly out of frontman Luke’s frustration at the music industry over the past few years. “Rock and pop music have become an endeavour for kids from super-rich families, or with parents already in the industry,” he says.
A record that grapples with these bigger ideas, as well as Luke’s own personal battles, the vocalist adds of the album:
“The album is just a pure expression of everything I’ve felt and feel. It’s pure rage, isolation, and alienation, yet also sarcastic and hopefully sprinkled with a bit of humour. It’s a stream of consciousness I used to deal with my struggles with depression, insomnia, anxiety, and issues with substance abuse.”
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False Heads are Luke Griffiths (guitar/vocals), Jake Elliot (bass) and Barney Nash (drums). Having taken the UK by storm after their formation in 2015, the Essex outfit have gained an incendiary live reputation after playing with the likes of The Libertines, Josh Homme and Band of Skulls. With the legendary Iggy Pop going so far as to endorse the band as “young, talented and going places”, they have also attracted the attention of Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Louder Than War and DSCVRD Magazine, with Gigwise praising recent single “Thick Skin” as “fuelled by punk rage and instant-classic riffs, [setting] the tone for the rest of the forthcoming album.”
Gaining airplay across the UK and beyond from a range of tastemaker names including BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing, talkSport Radio, Amazing Radio, Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, KINK in the Netherlands and Inter FM in Japan, False Heads have also gained placements on Apple Music’s ‘New in Rock’, Spotify’s ‘All New Rock’ and Amazon Music’s ‘Best New Bands’ playlists.
False Heads will also be celebrating ‘Sick Moon’’s release by heading out on their most extensive UK and European tour to date from October 2022.