'I can't stand censorship': The inspiration behind Upminster band's new single Yellow
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 04 September 2018
A band that first met at an Upminster secondary school has gone on to perform with rock legends including Queens of the Stone Age and are now set to take their new album on tour.
Punk rock group False Heads are set to take songs from their new EP Less is Better on tour this autumn, around the UK and Europe.
Luke Griffiths, Jake Elliot and Barney Nash met at the Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in St. Mary’s Lane and reconvened after university to form the band False Heads.
After only two years on the scene, the band have received support from Iggy Pop who plays them on his BBC 6 Music show.
Speaking about the band the well-known musician said, “young, talented and going places, if they came to my town I’d show up for that”.
Lead singer, Luke said supporting Queens of the Stone Age and Josh Homme at the Nick Alexander memorial concert for those who were killed in the attack at the Bataclans was one of many highlights the band has experienced.
“We were the opening act and it was such an incredible night,” he said.
“There’s lots of stuff that’s been pretty special for the band.”
The band members have different tastes in music and this is what helps them develop their unique sound.
Luke told the Recorder: “Me and Jake both love Radiohead, while Barney and I like Queens of Stone Age and I like the Sex Pistols which I think neither of them like.
“So there are a lot of differences and crossovers which I think allows us to do some things slightly different.”
The name False Heads precedes the band as Luke wrote it down on a list filled with potential names at school before the band had formed.
“The name had been around for a while, but I just couldn’t get a band going,” he said.
“I first wrote down the name False Hood because I liked the connotations that came with it, for example, living in east London near Essex, people can be really fake.
“I think it’s probably more relevant now then it was then. Terms like fake news weren’t around yet, but I’m glad I kept the name.”
The band is well-known for not being afraid to voice their opinion.
“At the time when I was [trying to form a band] social media was becoming really prevalent.
“There were already kids at school that were creating fake myspace accounts, which would become known as catfishing.”
False Heads’ new single Yellow is similar to their other song Gutter Press in how it confronts themes of the dangers of social media and religion.
“When I was at school I revisited some of Christopher Hitchens stories about a girl who had been captured by religion.
“That was the beginning of the story and then it morphed into another idea about whether it’s better to be ignorant and happy.
“These days you can’t say or do anything without upsetting someone, whether it’s someone from the right or I think a large portion of the left have also distorted themselves into being quite censorship happy.
“It feels like the political state is like an organised religion as you have to abide by them or you will be ostracised or destroyed online.”
Luke mentioned Steve Martin as an example. The actor tweeted a tribute to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher after she died in which he remarked how beautiful she was.
He later deleted the tweet after backlash from critics who thought people should be focusing on her talents rather than her looks.
“We live in a very Orwellian world, I think people are really disillusioned and it makes me feel isolated,” said Luke.
“I can’t stand authority and censorship so I end up writing about it quite a bit.”
False Heads’ Less is Better tour kicks off in Galway on September 7 and ends in Hamburg on October 27.
You can listen to False Heads new single Yellow on Spotify.