July 12, 2017

When it comes to dream punk, no one does it better than four-piece band INHEAVEN. Hailing from South-East London, INHEAVEN, comprised of Chloe Little on bass and vocals, James Taylor on vocals and guitar, Joe Lazarus on drums and Jake Lucas on guitar, are making scuzzy dream rock sounds marking them out as the ones to watch. We spoke to them about their origins, their DIY aesthetic, how their creative process works and their upcoming debut album…

Where did the name INHEAVEN come from and can you tell us a bit about the origins of the band?

The band name comes from the movie “Eraserhead”. The lady in the radiator comes out and sings the line ‘In heaven everything is fine’. We draw a lot of our visual influence from David Lynch so the name was a perfect match for us. Me and Chloe met at a gig at the Lexington in London; we realised we had a lot of the same taste in music so we started to collaborate together, Jake (Guitar) lived local to us in Brockley and we met Joe (Drums) through Circa Waves.

How would you describe your sound?

Fuzzy euphoric dream punk.

What’s your writing process like?

The songwriting process starts with bedroom demos: pretty much everything from our artwork, video concepts, songs are all born in the bedroom. The first thing is always the guitar; the guitar is what sparks off everything else.

Your DIY sensibility and aesthetic is translated through your zines, videos and t-shirts – why is this important to you and how do you go about putting together your videos?

All of the art we create should be seen as an extension of the music, it’s important to us to include our fans in the INHEAVEN world we have created in our heads. That’s why we make sure everyone can take away something homemade and free from our shows, we are constantly trying to create interesting things. The way we make the videos is similar; every video we have put out has been produced, directed, written and most importantly edited by us. They represent exactly who we are right now. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

You recently played Glastonbury! How was it, and what are your favourite things about playing live?

Glastonbury is such a milestone for any band, it was a privilege to play the John Peel stage and we gave it everything we had! Playing live is such a cathartic experience for us; we want to do it everyday for the rest of our lives.

You have a lot of support from some of music’s most talent people, like Julian Casablancas – how does it feel to have this support?

Julian is a massive inspiration for us and to have him as fan feels quite surreal, hopefully one day we can work on something cool together – but for now we are just focused on getting our music out to all corners of this weird and wonderful world we live in.

You’ve got a tour coming up this autumn that goes all over the UK + Europe – what can we expect from your live show?

Our fans are wild so be prepared for a sweatbox of crazy kids and loud guitars. Someone just reviewed our show as ‘flower goth’ and we think that’s pretty accurate.

Do you have any wild tour stories?

Jake is the wild man, he can be gone for days taking photos – but he always seems to make it back in one piece.

The internet has been an vital part of your development – how immersed in internet culture are you and do you think it’s important to the growth of the band?

I think we have a love/hate relationship with the internet. It’s so powerful and uncensored so you can really be as creative as you want with your artistic output and you can reach almost everyone on this planet if you try hard enough. On the other hand there is just so much content out there it can be difficult to curate what you want to listen to / look at. I feel like we would rather have vinyl than streaming – it seems like music meant more when it was harder to access.

Your debut album is coming out later this year! What can we expect from it?

It tells the story of our lives over the past few years. We think it’s the perfect debut record. It’s all about love, teenage angst, loss, frustration, generational divide and a world that doesn’t give a shit.