Athens, Ga’s Heffner works with a speed and urgency of a young band but with a sense of lyrical wisdom and musical breadth of a much more seasoned group. With all the forcefulness and immediacy of of 21st century power pop, classically aggressive post punk, and even sections of ’70s glam, Heffner’s brand of pop is still expansive enough to include occasional sections of remarkably tender sentiments lain against thoughtfully pastoral backgrounds. Now barely two years old, five-piece Heffner doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve but subsumes them into its DNA. Nothing about Heffner is obvious but, by the same turn, there’s a familiarity in the band’s work that speaks the common language of rock fans in this new, tumultuous age. Now on the cusp of releasing its debut self-titled album, Heffner is the result of the security of old friendships and the experience of previous bands, the push and pull of life and work, and a sense of being that gives way to wonder. As touring for the new album gets underway, and word-of-mouth spreads the news of its release, Heffner is committed to continuing the work that is steadily giving them a leg up one step at a time as they, too, begin to take their seat at the table.
RIYL: The Strokes, Twin Peaks, The Killers, Shame