Introduce us to your band!
We are Hellbound Hearts from Yorkshire, four guys whose paths crossed at random times over the last few years who ended up in the same band. We are Danny on bass and lead vocals, Lee on drums and backing vocals, Craig on guitar and backing vocals and Nath on guitar as well.
How did you guys start out?
The band started in 2011 after Danny broker out to do his own thing after been on the stage side for some big names in the UK. After a year or so the band seemed to get off its feet and settled into a decent groove and got some decent early press. As sometimes it goes the line-up didn’t last its infancy and Craig came in after putting an advert out followed by a chance encounter at Prague airport and Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic. Lee has actually been Danny’s friend for a number of years and after years of playing in local bands was brought in to hold the beat. That’s the line up that completed the Film Noir album tour 2017-18 and following this Nath was brought in to boost the sound. The music was being written for two guitars, so it was time that was reflected live. Nath actually recorded the Film Noir album draft a couple of years before, so it was an easy decision!
Describe your band’s sound
Hellbound Hearts tends to straddle a few different genres. Its one of the things that came out of the reviews from the last album and subsequent tour, that songs could take very unexpected twists and turns whilst maintaining melodic hooks. We’ve had likenesses to the Wildhearts, Metallica (in terms of some of the guitar hooks) as well as having a very British sound. So, if no one can make their mind up, we’ll take that as a good thing. Strong melody with a smidge of something dark lurking in the corner of your room.
What influences your craft?
Horror movies and a will to be weird! The guys in the band are into a range of stuff from melodic Brit Pop right to the heaviest and darkest metal you can think of, which shows in what comes out. Once we get the demos from Danny and knock it through a few times, then the song becomes ‘Hellbounded’. There is just a sound to it that seems to come along, but one thing is always key and that is that melody is king.
What makes your project different?
Having the range of influences and not being afraid to throw in the weird chord or note here and there. But at the same time not making it such a stark contrast so that that becomes the point of the song. Dillinger Escape plan go between metal and jazz, but the way we do it isn’t so cut and dry. The melody carries the song through the music. Sometimes you hear the individual parts on demos and wonder how it’s going to knit together, but it always does.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
The gamechanger, the one that gets asked for and the one that got us on our way was ‘Nancy’s House’, a song that we did as a stand-alone single between the Proximity Effect EP and the Film Noir album. It had a different sound to what we were doing back then but then became the first one to have the full sound of the band. It was a bit heavier and came with a decent video.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
It can be hard in the early days when the rewards and commitments aren’t the same, but thankfully we are through that with the right guys with the right tools for the job! At a time when a ‘New Wave of Classic Rock’ appears to be the fans favourite then cutting through that to be able to get onto bills has proved to be a blocker that we’ve now overcome. It’s been a positive challenge and at the end of the day has allowed us to stand out a bit more. Although shifting a full backline up four flights of stairs at the Cathouse in Glasgow was something we should probably have brought more help with us to do! Having said that we were packed down within 15 minutes!
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Being where we are right now has been a great achievement by all involved. Playing our tunes and having people travel the decent distances that they do to catch a show is great and a mile away from how it used to be, as most touring acts will tell you. Signing up with our management team the Inner Light Agency over in LA was a sign further that we are doing something right. Also seeing people at Download festival wearing your t-shirt gives you a certain kick as well!
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
The future is looking good! There is enough material written for the next two albums and there are some serious irons in the fires. We’ll get through touring the new EP ‘One Thirteen’ in the coming year and add a few new videos to release the remaining three tracks. Hopefully, we’ll get some decent festival slots on the way. Its an exciting time to be in the band, a lot has come together in the last year or so and it’s getting to that point where it’s looking very interesting.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As the guys who weren’t afraid to try something a bit different!
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