Returning to the music scene with their sophomore release, ‘Stranger Just The Same’, female-fronted UK rockers Heel are certainly making an impression. Earning themselves some recognition with their 2012 self-titled EP, this four-piece have capitalised on the hype following them and have kept firing on all cylinders with this new release, which will no doubt keep their fans pleased whilst winning over many more.
Opening number ‘Stranger’ introduces this band’s high energy sound with the commanding vocals of Margarita soaring over the fast-paced instrumentals provided by the rest of the band. The infectious chorus really helps this song stand out along with a very impressive solo from guitarist Dan. His skills on later number ‘Not You’ shine through as well and bring the track together as a solid performance, especially when the vocals are pushed higher in the second verse.
Keeping in with their explosive and incredibly catchy theme, new single ‘Gone’ shows the band’s pop-rock tendencies, which would normally bring comparisons to bands such as Tonight Alive, but the attitude in Margarita‘s voice would welcome comparisons to darker bands, such as VersaEmerge (now known as VERSA) or a far less chaotic Marmozets. Providing some variety to this short record, ‘We’ll Fall Back In Love’ has a much slower momentum and more delicate and precise vocals, allowing the work of drummer Tom to take some of the limelight, which makes this record well-rounded and a lot stronger.
Considering that this is only Heel‘s second release, neither of which were a full-length record, this band show an incredible amount of promise with a sound that could really stand out in the music scene, which is no mean feat these days. There will be some that compare them to every female-fronted band out there, but in reality Heel have a distinctly individual sound and, if ‘Stranger Just The Same’ is a sign of things to come, the future looks bright for these London rockers.
Written by Jonathon Barlow