Rarely did a band name hit the spot as well as with HEISA, three young men from Limburg with their feet firmly on the ground and musical gold in their hands. Possessed and carefully measured. Unsettling and subtle. Disorienting yet catchy. HEISA is all of it, and preferably at the same time.
Jacques Nomdefamille (vocals, bass, keyboards), Koen Castermans (guitar) and Jonathan Frederix (drums) forge songs that sometimes surprise and enchant, then chastise again. Indie, yes, but nothing like the kind that you know. HEISA loves rhythms, atmospheres and keyboards, and breaking the patiently built up tension with painful guitars and waves of distortion at random moments. The vocals do not attract all the attention, but are an additional instrument.
Verse, chorus, weird stuff.
Proof of proficiency: their self-titled EP, which was unleashed onto the world at the beginning of 2018 and is a testimony to guts, sense of timing and downright cinematic qualities. On the road, HEISA leave a trail of destruction. Their live shows are exciting, slightly theatrical and flirt with the limits of what the audience can tolerate. Their passage at Theater Aan Zee was called the "most exciting live experience in a very long time". In Ghent, the band sent all those present in the Democrazy "back home in ecstasy". They themselves put the jury and public prize of De Beloften in their pocket.
No doubt: HEISA stimulates, wriggles and devastates.
Genre Indierock, mathrock, noiserock
For fans of Shellac, Battles, Warpaint, Tool
- 1st Prize and Audience Award DE BELOFTEN 2018
- 1st Prize and Audience Award FRESH BLOOD 2017