HEIRSOUND
Merge


3.7
great

Review

by Brostep EMERITUS
August 16th, 2016 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: RIYL: Sputnikmusic dot com

You’d be forgiven for hearing some overwhelming similarities between HEIRSOUND and PVRIS. The more superficial ones are obvious - all-caps names, female singer-guitarists who sing in a high snarl - and even on closer examination things pop out. There’s the first few seconds of opening salvo “Choke,” whose distantly-recorded drums borrow liberally from the sound of “Smoke,” the first track of White Noise. There’s the melancholy guitar and overwhelming bass of “My Own,” reminiscent of PVRIS’ “Ghosts” or “Eyelids.”

And then there’s the music itself, electronicky post-hardcore aimed at the pop heads in the genre. This is where things start to diverge a little, though: Merge is a far warmer collection than White Noise, what Lynn Gunn and Co. might sound like were they signed to Fueled By Ramen instead of Rise. It’s a pretty stark departure from the harsher sound of lead singer/guitarist Alexa San Román’s previous group Love, Robot - though both groups arguably fall under the pop-punk umbrella, HEIRSOUND hews closer to the first half of the word while Love, Robot is more the second.

Then again, it’s hard to exactly pin Merge down to a single hyphenated term. Over the course of six tracks, you can find straight-ahead pop rock (“Fell Again”), shout-along pop-punk a la Tonight Alive (“Do It Over”), and brooding downtempo rock (“Hoods Up”). The band describes themselves as “alt-pop,” which is a pretty good description of their sound - this is music which very much understands what makes the best pop tick without being overtly radio-ready, too dour and ostensibly punk to fit in there.

And that’s why Merge is so good: it’s sneering rock which isn’t afraid to pump hooky riffs into its midst. It’s why I feel a comparison to PVRIS is apt: both bands, despite some stark differences in sound, know how to make their music memorable and appealing, proving that pop’s power doesn’t have to reside solely in the hands of super-producers and complex electronic wizardry. This is music which bridges genres and divides like it’s nobody’s business, the kind of stuff that unites crabby rockists and young bloods more willing to accept the radio’s offerings. In other words, if you’re the average Sputnik user - someone who can throw down in threads for Opeth, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Paramore all in the same day - this should be right up your alley.




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Brostep
Emeritus
August 16th 2016


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

full EP streaming here: http://www.popmatters.com/post/heirsound-merge-ep-stream-premiere/ (and yes, I did do that write-up, thanks for noticing, friends!)

"Choke" is probably my favorite here, and is above

San Roman's previous band for comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLaDvAKbUck

sorry this entire review is a rush-job basically talking about another band but since I'm deep in the PVRIS fandom and like HEIRSOUND for most of the same reasons I figured a comparison was apt. (plus both bands have been, shall we say, "involved" with each other before, so it's not totally without reason)

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2016


10194 Comments


"choke" doesn't sound too bad and i too am pretty fking deep in the pvris fandom so i think ill give this a go

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2016


6438 Comments


"RIYL: Sputnikmusic dot com"
"user ratings (1)"

( ._ .)

Brostep
Emeritus
August 16th 2016


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

honestly I'm mildly peeved I had to add this to the database

SnakeDelilah
August 16th 2016


19999 Comments


RIYL: Sputnikmusic dot com



recommended by reviewer
PVRIS White Noise
Paramore brand new eyes
Against The Current In Our Bones
VersaEmerge Fixed At Zero



wut

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Brostep
Emeritus
August 16th 2016


4314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

maybe my idea of Sputcore is different from the majority but I was under the impression most of the userbase dug Paramore and their ilk

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2016


22196 Comments


we do, but we need to pretend not to for a e s t h e t i c

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ShitsofRain
August 17th 2016


8038 Comments


alexa sounds so bad. he's fine

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1Sopel6
August 21st 2016


68 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been keeping an eye on these guys ever since "Do It Over" came out. It's an all-around good EP but yeah, I hope they will do something to to not be forever compared to PVRIS etc.

ohtheurgency
September 28th 2016


104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checking this out since it sounds similar to Now, Now.



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