We’re No Heroes are a Cardiff based trio simply bursting with potential. Consisting of Tom Collins- Guitar + Vocals, Michael Owen- Bass + Vocals and Luke Llewellyn – Drums + Vocals, these three are no strangers to our site, having been captivated by a live performance last year supporting Enemies.
We’re No Heroes deliver the perfect mix of !!! (chk chk chk) style dance rock with some Data Select Party style gang vocals. Last month, May 10th, the three released their 4 track EP ‘Shiver‘ which has already gained copious amounts of acknowledgement, appreciation and critical acclaim. A flawless follow up to their 4 track EP ‘Quiet Colours’ released back in 2012 and the singles which followed.
Shiver proves a momentous milestone for WNH, the record showcases the mature developments of each musician and yet still holds the same intense passion the three project. We’re No Heroes need to be credited on their workmanship, whether its recorded material or delivered live, We’re No Heroes always shine. Live; they offer an experience you’ve been longing to witness. A tight engaging fun melodic set. Each member powers from one another which is captured within their creativity. This is portrayed on record too.
Shiver from start to finish engages the listener, with intense energy, sticky hooks, soaring vocals and fun musicianship. Vibrant synth-like surges created by Tom’s guitar, concentrated abrasive percussion, elongated echoes provided from backing harmonies, addictive bass and illustrious lyrics all of which compliment the underlay of glistening elements found within the deep sonic textures of each composition.
Wild Life begins with compelling vocals and vivacious beats followed by Give Into Love which lures you into the eminent riffs, Dark Dive is smothered with shimmering effects which digress the track into a more pulsating and heartfelt excursion leading to the final track Maya which is simply infectious. With tantalizing build ups and break downs, this ends the release on a euphoric note. Each track is ever so catchy, but this is a release guaranteed not to grow tiresome.
We’re No Heroes have established how to provide such a fuller and richer arrangement throughout, due to their abilities to conjure such a heavily layered sound texture. Poly-rhythms, buyout bass beats and vibrant rhythm effortlessly supplied by Luke throughout. This upbeat release is simply the quintessential EP of our summer.
Following ‘Shiver”s release we had the pleasure in chatting with the Tom, Luke and Michael regarding all things WNH, their latest release, their EP release show and what we can look forward to from the men in the future. We are privileged to have We’re No Heroes spend some time with Circuit Sweet
Firstly We want to get to know more on you. Please introduce yourselves and your role within the band- How long have you been playing and performing live?
TC: I’m Tom, I play guitar & attempt to sing, I’ve been playing guitar since I was 15 & the first time I played live was terrifying.
LL: I’m Luke the drum guy slash vocalist bloke. I’ve been playing the drums since I was 13 in school with Dewey which will be 12 years ago now.
MO: My name is Michael and my job is bass guitar and vocals. I’ve been playing since about 13 also. Playing live came a little later once the confidence was there.
What was it that first got you to pick up your instruments and then to write your own compositions and direct your creativity?
TC: Mainly curiosity, Nirvana were the first band I got into, then eventually I found jimi hendrix & realised that music has its own universe.
LL: After a few of my school friends started learning guitar and Dewey learned Bass there was a lack of drummers so I jumped on and played along. We first learned Ramones covers and some easy funk numbers. It wasn’t until Dewey & I started our first band that I learned how to write lyrics and music.
MO: First of all it was the fact I didn’t want to be another guy who played guitar, so I picked the bass. Then it was competitiveness that made me improve. Writing songs then came naturally, I don’t know how it ever happens.
How did you form and where did the name come from?
LL: We first formed as WNH when we played in a downtown studio called Paragon in Chicago USA. I was living out there at the time & the guys came over to visit, we jammed and it was groovy so we decided to start a band. The name came from a strange dream I had.
With regards to your new EP release, we would love to know the ins and outs on this release. Describe your writing process
TC: We jam for days & record it all, sometimes we come up with nothing but its those moments where we’re all grooving that make it worth it. Eventually we’ll have a ton of ideas that we can arrange & pick and choose from, then we’ll jam over those further.
LL: Each record/song is completely different but we definitely approached this new record in a very different way than ever before. We’re very much an improvisational band so most of our music came from that. This time around was sat back more in a quiet, ‘sit-down’ setting and concentrated on grooves, feelings and words. I’d say it’s our most personal’ sounding record to date and that comes through in the songs & lyrics. There’s more heart than head involved on Shiver.
MO: It seemed to take us a while to write these songs and there was a lot of debating about what parts should go where and such, but the end product is something we can all agree on.
From the writing process, the recording process followed, how did this come about and what do you feel your new release captures?
LL: Again this is something we did completely different than previously. The record was actually recorded in 4 different locations whereas previously we’d always record in one. After writing a load of material we picked the best 4 tracks that we wanted to record. Drums were recorded in Birmingham at Circle Studio with Joe Dickinson, Guitar & Bass with Jon Constantine at Opec Studio in cottage outside of Porthcawl, Vocals and production was carried out by our good friend and long time collaborator Jordan Andrews in the centre of London & finally mastered with Donal Whelan in Hafod Mastering studio.
MO: I think the recording captures the essence of what we were trying to achieve. Which was to give these songs real meaning and heart which the listener would be able to relate to.
Tell us more about the fantastic artwork of Shiver.
TC: Me & Luke collaborated on this. We really wanted something tribal, complex, a singular object that could represent the music. Not to get too pretentious but the artwork previously was about how music affects the body & this time its more of a spiritual thing, how music transcends time and space and how it can be found in nature. Like music, its open to interpretation.
LL: We really wanted this record to have it’s own unique personality and artwork is the second best way to convey this after the actual music. The artwork was a collaboration within the band which we did ourselves by hand. It was like a bunch of primary school kids sat in a circle doing art class, there was a big mess and we served milk cartons.
Where can we all find the release?
LL: Shiver thrives within the interweb like a spreading infectious love dance and won’t be missed. It’s on all the big ones including iTunes, Spotify etc. We also did a limited edition run of physical copies. A lot of them sold on our recent tour but there are a few lest on our website www.werenoheroes.com at the moment.
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word?
You recently celebrated the release with a special Launch Night show at The Moon in Cardiff, how was the EP launch?
TC: It was a ton of fun and a perfect ending to the tour! We all drank a bit too much and made fools of ourselves infront of everyone we knew then we danced til dawn & ate chips.
LL: Insane in the brain. Shit got broke. Nothing but love. Passionate and primal.
MO: It was amazing, such a crazy night and I hope everybody who came felt the same.
Describe what you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your showmanship, sell us your sets. (We’ve seen you and we instantly fell in love)
LL: Thanks for the love, you’re quite the charmer you. I’d say TC brings this primordial groove that sonically enters your very core like a screaming beast that hits you in the heart while Dewey is hitting in the gut at the exact same time with his monstrous bass humping your face. We aim to leave you feeling like you’ve had a good affectionate rumble in the jungle. It’s all about the gigs for us, we don’t like to be anywhere else on earth and when we are we’re quite sad.
MO: I think we each bring a raw energy to the stage. We like to make sure we’re having fun. Even if there is nobody watching we’d still have a great time.
TC: I think we just have fun playing our songs, I usually forget everything, zone out and get a bit lost in the music, every show is different & playing live is one of the best things about being in a band.
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
LL: Love for my brothers who I’m in a band with & love for those people enjoying the experience and letting loose, making the most of their lives, being themselves. Letting the groove take over.
MO: Exercise. And also watching peoples faces as they get into the music.
TC: Whiplash, unity, fun, everything that’s important.
How would you describe the reception to your live presence?
LL: We fortunately always seem to get the room moving. We feed off of the vibes so the crazier the crowd the more they push us to play harder. There’s been some funny stories on this last tour.
MO: It’s usually a positive reaction but if we’ve had an off day we’d know it in ourselves and we’d want to improve. There’s no room for anything less than 100% effort.
Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?
TC: At the moment I’m really enjoying playing our new EP live, each song has a different groove & energy, in particular Give Into Love & Maya.
LL: I always enjoy Atlantic Hearts even if it’s an oldie. I feel cosmically close to Dewey & TC When we play this track and the crowd seems to connect with us too. The room suddenly feels like one big family. We do an extended version live, it can’t be missed!
MO: I’d agree with Luke but I also enjoy playing Distort The Air. It’s got riffs coming out of everywhere and people seem to enjoy it.
Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future- many other plans set for the rest of this year, be it touring, recording, releasing etc?
LL: We’re promoting Shiver which only came out a few days ago. We’ve just gotten off of our tour too but we’re not stopping. It’s all up from here. We’re looking to release some of Shiver as singles including a music video or two. We’ve got another UK Tour in the pipe line already and some interesting gigs coming up including some support slots with a great band called PEACE. We’re always writing too so there will continue to be new music live or on record in the near future.
And Finally any last words from you?
LL: Free your mind and your ass will follow.
MO: Just go check out Shiver, let us know what you think.
TC: We YOU CIRCUIT SWEET xoxo