Ryan's Gig Guide

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Saturday 8th Feb | Muther's Studio, Birmingham
Saturday 22nd Feb | NAC, Wolverhampton
Sunday 15th Mar | Glaston-Brummie, Birmingham

Where She Plays is the second single from West-Midlands based four-piece Headshrinkers. Following the release of Underclass, their raw and indignant debut, Where She Plays takes a more melodic approach, with poetic lyrics spun atop weaving guitars, and driving baselines.

Where She Plays documents ones self destructive, vulnerable journey, constantly seeking to be someone and somewhere else.

“You need to start a band with me!” solidified the beginnings of a line-up for Headshrinkers following singer, Garran Hickman bumping into lead guitarist James Knott down their local pub. Affiliated by a shared music taste, a mutual determination to write great tunes and play live shows, the two had their sights aligned on recruiting a full band. After many writing sessions, they brought in bassist Xavier Al-Naqib, and drummer Matt Whalen to complete the line-up. Now with a new found sense of urgency and excitement, the newly formed band crafted a high-energy setlist and took to the stage.

Built on a vision of capturing modern life within their music, Headshrinkers infuse the vulnerability of veracious poetry, backed by confrontational punk riffs and 60’s jangly guitars. Taking influence from the likes of Joy Division, The Jam and The Stone Roses, they amalgamate these influences to create a whole new cacophony of sound.

Their frantic, full-force live shows bombard the audience with Matt’s pummelling drums and Xavier’s pounding bass-lines, complimented by James’ searing guitar and Garran’s gritty vocal performance alongside his chaotic stage presence.


Headshrinkers Rosie Mulhern

Ryan's Gig Guide
Published: 31/01/2020

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