Over the bulk of this site’s almost eight year history — yes, eight! — I’ve personally written quite a bit about the Grand Rapids, MI-based psych rock quartet and JOVM mainstays HEATERS. And as you may recall, the band, which formed back in 2014 quickly received a growing national and international profile with their attention grabbing appearance on Stolen Body‘s Vegetarian Meat psych rock compilation. The Grand Rapids, MI-based quartet quickly followed up with the Solstice EP, released through Dizzybird Records and the “Mean Green” 7 inch. Renowned, Brooklyn-based indie label Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records released their full-length debut Holy Water Pool to critical applause throughout the blogosphere back in 2015. And with each successive recorded effort, the band began to firmly cement a reputation for crafting a spacey, motorik-like take on West Coast, 60s psych rock and garage rock.
After the release of their critically applauded sophomore effort Baptistina the band went through a massive lineup change in which the band’s founding members Nolan Krebs and Joshua Korf are currently paired with newest members Ryan Hagan and Ben Taber, who joined the band to write and record the band’s third, full-length effort, Matterhorn, which was released earlier this year. And with the release of album singles “Seance,” “Thanksgiving II” and “Kingsday,” the band managed to retain the gorgeously shimmering guitar lines, propulsive motorik grooves and enveloping sound that first caught the attention of this site and the rest of the blogosphere — but there’s a noticeably different energy to the proceedings, with the band crafting some of the most ambitious and expansive songwriting to date. Unsurprisingly, the album’s fourth and latest single “Black Bolt” continues in a similar vein as its predecessor, as the song possesses a swaggering, self-assuredness but it may also have some of the most textured and nuanced guitar work of its predecessor.
Shot in an enviably lush and cinematic black and white, the recently released video by Josh Skinner, Jaimie Skriba and Heaters features a mischievously French New Wave-inspired concept in which the members of the band play in a dance studio while dancers do 60s styled dance moves, footage of people riding bikes down suburban streets and so on — but with a wide screen and continuous pan and a shit ton of subtle split screens and the like to create a trippy vibe.