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Heartworms Share New Single & Video “May I Comply” Out via Speedy Wunderground + Announces US Dates Opening for The Kills

November 7, 2023
Photo credit: Gilbert Trejo


Shares New Single & Video “May I Comply”

Out via Speedy Wunderground

Announces US Dates Opening for The Kills

South London auteur Heartworms – aka Jojo Orme – has today returned with her brand new single “May I Comply” on Speedy Wunderground. Produced by Speedy Wunderground head Dan Carey, “May I Comply” premiered with Lauren Laverne on the BBC Radio 6 Music Breakfast show this morning and is the first Heartworms release since her acclaimed debut EP A Comforting Notion arrived in March this year. A limited number of transparent red flexi-discs will be available from secret locations indicated across Heartworms socials and streaming. Heartworms has also announced US touring with The Kills for 2024.

Speaking about “May I Comply” and its accompanying video by Gilbert Trejo (who also directed Heartworms’ previous video ‘24 Hours’), Heartworms says: “When I wrote this track I just wanted to get over an ex and to tell my little brother he’s good enough… turned out to be a lot darker than I thought.”

Gilbert Trejo adds: “For ‘May I Comply’ Jojo and I wanted to lean harder into the stark black and white world that Heartworms is building, washing everything but the band out in a sea of emptiness. Between shooting ‘24 Hours’ and ‘May I Comply’ I’ve had the chance to photograph Heartworms on tour and was excited about capturing a bit more of the energy of Jojo’s performance at this stage.”

The chaos commences and consumes the landscape, making way for the rhythmic hook to emerge and enthral. The textures continue to crush the aggressive build-up before Heartworms vocal notes transcend the vision, fusing the abrasive power of the instrumentation and the hypnotic hooks with the immense appeal of the vocal harmonies and the energy that flourishes throughout.

The bouncy bass notes carve through the soundscape and add this dynamic pattern to the complex world. The track still maintains such industrial influence and the power simply blazes, powerful percussive shuffles and this guitar tone that dazzles. The audience fixated on the expressive range from the vocal harmonies, to the higher tones which soar above the wealth of cryptic hooks and mesmeric tonality.

Heartworms’ debut EP A Comforting Notion received glowing praise from the likes of DIY (“a masterclass in making an entrance”) and NME (“the next great cult band”) who both awarded it a perfect 5* stars. The EP’s pummeling singles “Retributions Of An Awful Life” and “Consistent Dedication” led to nods in the NME 100 and Dork Hype List for 2023, while a string of further press plaudits were received elsewhere from the likes of The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, Under the Radar Magazine, Dazed (On The Rise), The Sunday Times (Breaking Act), The Quietus, Loud And Quiet, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young Magazine (where she featured as cover star), CLASH, and many more. Both singles were added to the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist following support from Chris Hawkins, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, and Tom Ravenscroft at the station. The singles also grabbed spot plays from Radio X’s John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Gemma Bradley, and Apple Music 1’s Matt Wilkinson. 

Backed by a full live band, Heartworms’ performances are a masterclass in poise; she describes the theatre brought to each show – usually punctuated by her intense stare – as a kick back against preconceived notions of ‘smallness’ and fragility as a female musician. On stage, Heartworms’ 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 humour 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 a volunteering role at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon) and the poetry of Pound, Thomas, and Keats.

US Tour Dates

Feb 27 – Webster Hall, New York (w/ The Kills)

Mar 1 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC (w/ The Kills)

Mar 2 – The Orange Peel, Asheville (w/ The Kills)

Mar 4 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta (w/ The Kills)

Mar 5 – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville (w/ The Kills)

Mar 7 – House of Blues, Houston (w/ The Kills)

Mar 8 – Stubb’s, Austin (w/ The Kills)

Mar 9 – House of Blues, Dallas (w/ The Kills)

Mar 11 – Sunshine, Albuquerque (w/ The Kills)

Mar 12 – The Van Buren, Phoenix (w/ The Kills)

Mar 14 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles (w/ The Kills)

Mar 15 – Ace of Spades, Sacramento (w/ The Kills)

Mar 16 – Fox Theater, Oakland (w/ The Kills)


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