Deep in south London, in a bog-standard flat, live the core of one of the UK’s most exciting new bands. Despite still being some way off releasing their debut album, InHeaven already have a superfan in Julian Casablancas of The Strokes and look set to follow the likes of Wolf Alice into the heart of the indie mainstream.
“I write songs every day,” says singer/guitarist James Taylor, emphasising the simplicity of his and bassist/vocalist Chloe Little’s set-up. “The guitar just sparks something in me.” The only problem with working from home, he concedes, is that next door’s toddler is “way louder than us”.
They shouldn’t dwell on that, because it’s unlikely InHeaven will be spending much time at home when things really start to take off. Most surprising for Taylor and Little, along with lead guitarist Jake Lucas and drummer Joe Lazarus, is how easy their gestation from wannabes to could-bes has been so far. “I wouldn’t have even put our music out,” says Taylor. “I was happy writing for no one, but Chloe was like, ‘Someone’s gotta hear your stuff!’”
Within just two weeks of putting a few Pixies-esque demos online in 2015, Taylor received an email from Casablancas’ Cult Records, begging to release their debut single. “I was just jumping around the place,” he says. The resulting track, ‘Regeneration’, was the catalyst that changed everything for them; their latest, ‘Baby’s Alright’, is expected to take them to the next level. “We know how fortunate we are,” says Chloe, “but it just feels like something’s about to bubble over…”
Based: South London
Buy it: New single ‘Baby’s Alright’ is streaming now
Live: Liverpool Sound City (May 29), Cheltenham Wychwood Festival (June 4), Bilbao BBK Festival (July 7-9), Matlock Y Not Festival (29-31), Reading & Leeds Festivals (August 26-28). Plus on tour supporting Sundara Karma in May and June
Fact: Chloe also directs InHeaven’s videos, as well as making their own fanzine
Best track: ‘Regeneration’ sounds like a lost US indie anthem from the early ’90s – no wonder it piqued Julian Casablancas’ interest.