The Grand Rapids, MI-based trio of HEATERS can trace their origins to when high school friends Andrew Tamlyn and Nolan Krebs relocated to Grand Rapids to start working on a music project together. And in a strange bit of coincidence, the band’s third member, Joshua Korf, was originally their next door neighbor.
Last year, was a big year for the prolific, Grand Rapids-based trio as the release of a handful of EPs, split records and an appearance on Stolen Body’s Vegetarian Meat psych rock compilation, which brought the trio attention for a sound that meshes garage rock, psych rock and surfer rock in an anachronistic fashion – the sort that would easily fit well on the soundtrack of a Quentin Tarantino film.
This year may be an even bigger year for the trio, as their “Mean Green”/”Levitate Thigh” 7 inch will be released by Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records at the end of the month, and they’re putting the finishing touches on their full-length debut effort, which is slated for release later this year. Now if you’ve been following JOVM for the last few months, you might remember coming across the B-side single “Levitate Thigh,” a single comprised of shimmering guitars fed through dense layers of reverb and feedback, which gave the song’s unusual song structure – a slow dreamy part, followed by noisy, cacophony, then a slow dream part – a trippy, mind-bending feel. The band’s A-side single, “Mean Green,” sounds cacophonous and full of reverb but as though it were recorded on analog, to give the track a lo-fi, gritty garage and surf rock sound that bears an uncanny resemblance to Raccoon Fighter – and as though it were recorded in 1964.