With a refreshing sound, sharp lyrics, and their new album 'Kingdom,' Heathers is a monarchy we could live with.
Name: Heathers (twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara)
Where They’re From: Dublin, Ireland
When They Started: 2007
Genre: Indie folk pop
Most Like: Tegan & Sara
Sounds Like: Heartwrenching harmonies with a touch of flannel
There is something decidedly 90s about Dublin band Heathers (not the movie, which was decidedly 80s). Their songs — largely centered around the twin sisters’ impressive harmonies and fast-paced guitar — is that familiar blend of confrontation, vulnerability, and talent that takes you back to the original acoustic ladywave. The Tegans. The Luscious Jacksons. Maybe the Alanises. The type of pre-hipster angst that drips with sincerity and makes for the best breakup music.
The young, early-20s twins initially wooed the Irish airwaves with the single “Remember When” off their 2008 album Here, Not There. The debut, featuring just the ladies and one guitar, showed off their sophisticated lyrical prowess, Louise’s masterful chord pounding, and their freakishly matched vocal tonalities — something that can probably only be achieved with a shared zygote.
They’ve since refined their sound, opened for anti-folk legend Kimya Dawson, and took on a few more members to fill the live show and studio spaces. The result is their new album Kingdom, and the single, “Forget Me Knots” is some kind of a lyrical pep talk. Only — with that to-die-for melody and the earnestness that strays far, far away from cornball — this is the kind of pep talk that might actually work.
Watch Heathers’ video for “Forget Me Knots,” and buy their album Kingdom here.