Rarely has a band had a more fitting name than HEISA: three grounded blokes from Limburg with musical gold in their hands.
Possessed yet measured. Uneasy yet mesmerising. Disorienting yet catchy. HEISA is all of these things and preferably at the same time. In the best tradition of unconventional bands ranging from Tool across Battles to Warpaint, Jacques Nomdefamille (also Peuk), Koen Castermans and Jonathan Frederix have forged ten songs that run the gamut from surprise and enchantment to castigation.
On their maiden full-length ‘joni’, HEISA plays around with rhythms, atmospheres and keyboards while choosing their moments to break the painstakingly constructed tension with punishing guitars and waves of distortion. The vocals do not monopolise the listener’s attention but instead complement the other instruments. The result is an entirely unique sound.
On the road HEISA leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Their live shows are exciting, surprising, slightly theatrical and explore the boundaries of the humanly bearable. Those who have had the privilege of seeing HEISA live become a fan once the experience has had the chance to sink in.
No wonder that 2020 is shaping up to be a busy concert year for HEISA. In addition to album release shows in the Charlatan (Ghent) and Muziekodroom (Hasselt), the trio will also wreak havoc on the stages of New Noise II (Wilde Westen, Kortrijk) and Ik Zie U Graag (Mezz, Breda). Their summer schedule is starting to fill up as well. At the moment their most eye-catching gig this summer will take them to the renowned three-day festival ArcTanGent in Bristol, UK, where they will share the stage with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Swans and Amenra.
‘Let Go’, the first single off ‘joni’, met with rave reviews and was picked up by radio station Studio Brussel/Eigen Kweek and by indie station Pinguin Radio (NL).
2020 is HEISA’s year and don’t you forget it!
Press about new album 'Joni':
Knack Focus: ★★★★
Dansende Beren: ★★★★ ½