Seemingly every month, a major music publication prints a review by a pompous rock critic who describes a boring record by some third rate Kinks rip-off band as a “perfectly-weaved, unique creation.” Rarely are these descriptions anything more than sensationalism or just plain smoke blowing. However, when it comes to New Bedford, MA-based HALF HEARTED HERO and their latest effort, Whatever, such depictions that are otherwise over the top would be entirely appropriate. Let’s face it, this band really is innovative. Formed in 2005, HALF HEARTED HERO has spent the past 7 years refining their sound, and it would be hard to say it hasn’t paid off. Whatever has as many huge, chunky guitar riffs as it has catchy, relatable vocals destined for sing-alongs. The frenzied track Good Terms has vocalist Anthony Savino howling “And now I’m the oldest of anyone my age / I’m working through this phase / I’ll punch in, if it’s my cue.” On the other end of the band’s stylistic spectrum, Vessel delivers an almost pop-punk chorus surrounded by a massive, lumbering wall of sound. This track finds the band displaying some similarities to alt-metal legends DEFTONES.
Many bands have difficulty accurately comparing themselves to other musical acts. At first glance, it seems like Half Hearted Hero is no exception; the band claims their sound reflects both A WILHELM SCREAM and TORCHE. But, here’s the thing: they’re absolutely right. Whatever effortlessly captures both the ferocity of skate punk and the drone of stoner metal.
HALF HEARTED HERO is a collection of five friends making music for all the right reasons, delivering an honest, emotionally open collection of songs. Guitarist AJ Mills contemplates “maybe that's what this album is about. I think it's less about finding the right thing to say and instead saying how you feel.”
Whatever will see a release via Animal Style Records (www.animalstylerecords.com) on January 15th, 2013.