It’s been quite the year for south London outfit INHEAVEN, who create an addictive fusion of swirling 90s shoegaze and grunge for the 21st century. Having toured with the likes of Sundara Karma, Yak and SKATERS, the four-piece are reaching all new heights having recently embarked on an impressive UK headline tour, and who are now currently supporting Jamie T on his European tour dates.
From the hazy post-punk squall of ‘Regeneration’ to the shimmering nu-gaze of ‘Drift’, INHEAVEN never fail to surprise, but on new single ‘Treats’ they’re back more visceral than ever. Led by an enraged Chloe Little, ‘Treats’ flattens you in a rush of thickly distorted guitar, with clear nods to INHEAVEN’s rock influences like Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pixies.
Little’s beautifully resentful lyrics tangle with the crushing fuzz-rock, evoking an aching sense of paranoia and fear, almost like a heated political statement? I’m getting this impression at least, from lines like “I don’t want the world left like this” and the infectious chorus hook “I want someone to treat me right”. INHEAVEN are beginning to define their own sound now, and with a debut album in the pipeline, they’re just getting started. Listen to ‘Treats’ on Spotify below: