Heartworms Share New Single & Video “Retributions Of An Awful Life”
Announce Debut EP A Comforting Notion
Out March 24 via Speedy Wunderground
Performing at SXSW in March
South London auteur, Heartworms has announced her debut EP A Comforting Notion, set for release on March 24 via Speedy Wunderground. Heartworms has also shared “Retributions Of An Awful Life” – a brand new single and video taken from the EP.
Speaking about the “Retributions Of An Awful Life” music video, which was created with Niall Trask and Dan Matthews, Heartworms says: “The song itself lyrically is deeply unsettling, I wanted it to come alive in action. I had an idea of being kitted up in full militaria of no specific regiments, in black and white, putting my body through cold water and wet mud. This was stepping outside my comfort zone because I’m not a skilled swimmer; deep water frightens me immensely, especially when cold and in full military gear.”
She continues: “Not many artists/bands I know have done something this raw. I didn’t want to go for a fancy video with pretty dancers or lovely wallpaper plastered with an airbrush filter – I wanted to imbibe a new pain, bring to life punishment, fight fears while abiding relentlessness with my friends by my side. To have put my body through something I found frightening just for the art… there’s something exhilarating about it.”
Prepare to be dazzled. Floored by this abrasive, stirring composition. This complex soundscape intensifies with industrial hits and sharp turns, powerful percussive shuffles, relying on the darker attributes to tether momentum into the gritty aura. The core of this track is tethered to this unsettling affection that cascades through every element of this release. The vocal melodies lift the dramatic tendencies, when the vocal harmonies explore this expressive range, the higher tones soar above the wealth of cryptic hooks.
“Retributions Of An Awful Life” is the follow up to Heartworms’ pummeling debut single “Consistent Dedication” which earned her nods in the NME 100 and Dork Hype List for 2023. Heartworms also received a string of further press plaudits from the likes of The FADER, The Quietus, Loud And Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young Magazine, CLASH, and many more. “Consistent Dedication” was added to the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist following support from Chris Hawkins, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, and Tom Ravenscroft at the station. The single grabbed spot plays from Radio X’s John Kennedy, and BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Gemma Bradley.
Despite “Retributions Of An Awful Life” being only her second official single release, Heartworms has been a much buzzed about name on the live circuit in the past year; having already played The Great Escape, showcases for DIY and So Young magazines, supported Lime Garden and was invited by Sports Team to play at their annual Margate bus trip.
Backed by a full live band, Heartworms’ performances are a masterclass in poise; she describes the theatre brought to her shows – punctuated by her intense stare – as a kick back against preconceived notions of ‘smallness’ and fragility as a female musician. On stage, her projection is the very antithesis: we see an artist who is big, powerful, in total control.
Uniformity plays a huge role in all things Heartworms, too. The metronomic music and meticulous fashion of bands like Interpol and Kraftwerk greatly inspires her, as does PJ Harvey, whose dark sense of humor and lyrical dexterity permeates her songwriting. The end result is a life affirming exercise, an opportunity to expel her own self and passions; which include military history (she has just taken a volunteering role at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon) and the poetry of Pound, Thomas, and Keats.
1. Consistent Dedication
2. Retributions Of An Awful Life
3. A Comforting Notion
4. 24 Hours