INHEAVEN – Preston, Guild Hall (25th Feb 2017)

After various support slots touring with VANT and The Big Moon, INHEAVEN ended their UK headline tour in Preston’s new venue LiVe in the Guild Hall last night.

The London based indie rock 4-piece recently released their new single ‘Treats’, a song that sets them apart from the crowd. With Chloe’s strong bittersweet vocals and the abrasive rock guitar riffs it’s no surprise this band have already had huge success.

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The first of the three support bands were Sheffield’s newest indie band Beat The Bandit, their short but sweet set oozed Beatles-esque vocals and rock riffs showcasing their renowned sound. This is a band that have really developed their own sound over the past two years and can only go on to bigger and better things.

Next up was a hometown gig for Preston’s The Empire Police. Having just released their self-titled debut EP and teasing a new single at last nights gig, this is a band set for big things this year! Following support slots with bands such as Cabbage and Trampolene as well as being featured on BBC’s Introducing, these are definitely ones to watch for 2017. With fiery vocals and raw rock ’n’ roll guitar riffs, it’s easy to compare them to the likes of the Northern kings of indie rock: Arctic Monkeys.

Headline support Freak were up next, and boy did they give INHEAVEN a run for their money! The new single ‘Cake’ features rip-roaring vocals, with gritty guitar riffs to be compared with early Arctic Monkeys and Nirvana, this is a track sure to get you up on your feet at any given opportunity. Connar Ridd aka Freak has really brought a fresh sound into an overcrowded market; with vocally perfect tracks, anarchic lyrics on todays society and rock ’n’ roll riffs fused with glitchy hip hop synths similar to the likes of Ratboy, Freak are sure to be set apart from the crowd and brought to the top this year. Following this tour, a support slot with Black Honey begins in March and a performance at Dot To Dot Festival takes place in May, with more festival slots sure to be on the cards. Do not miss the chance to see Freak at small venues while you still can!

Inheavens set began with a bang and a crowd invasion on the stage, followed by performances of a string of their biggest hits and a sneak preview of a new single. This is another band that really bring something new to the indie rock arena; heavy grunge tracks along with anthemic lyrics: “I don’t wanna bring you down, I just wanna fuck around, my generation, this is my generation!” from the debut single ‘Regeneration’. Alongside influences from the likes of The Vaccines, Nirvana and The Clash, it’s obvious why this band are doing so well. Having just been announced to play Reading/Leeds festival this year, and a support slot on Circa Waves in the bag, the bands star is clearly on the rise.