Das Racist founder Himanshu Suri announces debut solo record as Heems –
Eat, Pray, Thug is released March 9th
Listen to first track ‘Sometimes’
Album features Dev Hynes, Harry Fraud, Rafiq Bhatia, Gordon Voidwell and Booby B
When Das Racist emerged on the NY scene, the music world was stunned at the originality and potential of the band. Ultimately Das Racist parted ways, but 2015 finds Heems (AKA Himanshu Suri) arriving with a similar socially-conscious ethos mixed with biting racial commentary and of course, a sense of fun on his debut solo album Eat, Pray, Thug out on Greedhead/Megaforce Records.
The politically charged Eat, Pray, Thug was written and recorded in Brooklyn and Bombay, India in a Bollywood recording studio belonging to mega-producers Shankar Ehsaan Loy. The album features guitar from Dev Hynes and Rafiq Bhatia (Son Lux) with production from Harry Fraud, Gordon Voidwell, Boody B and more. Art direction and packaging was handled exclusively by Heems and long-time Das Racist collaborator Chiraag Bhakta.
Heems’ song writing lends itself to hopping about genres, emotions, and moods much like previous works, while still possessing the ability to rock the party. From the highs and lows of the music business, failed relationships, racism, the working class struggle, to tales of substance abuse, anxiety and depression he has essentially made his “808s & Heartbreak” record. Perhaps “9/11 & Heartbreak” as he delves into his first hand experience being blocks away from Ground Zero that day and the subsequent racism he and his community were subjected to. On the flip side, the danceable production and Heems’ melodies make for the perfect party plays.
Eat, Pray, Thug is released via Greedhead/Megaforce Records on 9th March 2015.