After emerging with a big year in 2014, Grand Rapids, MI surf-psych crew HEATERS are back in 2015 with their first 7″ record, Mean Green. Released by Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records in Brooklyn, NY, the 3-piece appears to be gearing up for another fruitful year.
After changing their name and switching up a band member or two (they used to go by Plantains), Heaters were officially born. Last year they dropped two self-released EPs that were recorded in their attic before a third that was a split release from Dizzybird and Stolen Body Records, not to mention an appearance on Stolen Body’s Vegetarian Meat compilation LP.
This two-track single is their latest in surfed-up, psyched-out debauchery, beginning with an invigorating, fuzz-fueled charge in “Mean Green.” Guitars chug along like a neon train cruising the tracks at top speed, backed by deep, throbbing bass lines and the buzzing vocal combination of Andrew Tamlyn and Nolan Krebs. The track is swift and lean, constantly pressing forward and only barely slowing for a couple strung-out bridges where guitars stretch out and morph into slow-motion. Albeit they never lose their grooving momentum, continuing the party with speckled guitar soloing and vocals that sound as if they’re echoing up from the depths of an underwater cavern.
Flipping to the B-side “Levitate Thigh,” (a track revisited from their earliest EP), the trio slows down their remarkable pace, but only for as long as they can stand it before spiking the track with a dash of caffeine. The intro staggers along until it hits a warbled whirlwind of guitar haze, sucking you up and spitting you out directly into the tubular waves of a crystal-clear ocean. You can feel the electrified energy rolling out and splashing everything in sight, hereby proving that this trio has plenty of moves up their sleeve as they ready their first full length album for later in 2015.
Hear both sides of this energizing 7″ right below, then head on over to Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records where you can still get your hands on one of the tasty-looking “mean-green” colored vinyl, pictured below.
Genre/ Tags: Garage Rock, Surf Rock, Psychedelic
Mean Green 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Mean Green
2.) Levitate Thigh
FF: Plantains/ Os Noctambulos Split LP (Stolen Body Records)
HOTP: Vegetarian Meat Compilation (Stolen Body Records)
HOTP: Heaters – Solstice EP (Dizzybird/ Stolen Body Records)
Brown Sugar EP (self-released)
Find Plantains in our Top Albums of 2014