It’s taken five years for Inheaven to make the debut album they always dreamed of, and all their hard work is starting to pay off with widespread acclaim for the record, a sellout show at London’s Scala and their own headlining UK tour.
Now, the four-piece just don’t want to stop and frontman James Taylor is already planning the follow-up album.
“We’re really proud of that record and we’ve got there by playing up and down the country for years,” he says.
“It took a while because we always seemed to be waiting for things to fall into place, but it feels really natural. Now, we want to keep moving, we’re ready for the second one now.
“We’re hoping to get it out very soon, we want to keep up a high level of output and don’t want to stop releasing music. You can’t take a break nowadays, things are so fast paced.”
Inheaven is packed with riff-heavy, noisy anthems on which James shares vocals with bass player Chloe Little – but the duo won’t be resting on their songwriting laurels.
“We’re going to try and get to somewhere different,” he says. “We’re keeping our mouths shut for now, but it won’t be the same.”
Hopefully, any new sound will take all their fans with them – including a certain Julian Casablancas. The Strokes singer released Inheaven’s Regeneration as their debut single in the US on his Cult Records label.
“It was incredible,” recalls James. “We had released Regeneration here on a new label (AMF) and we’d put a video online, and then we just got this email through saying Julian loves your music and would love to release this as a single in America.
“We were dancing round the flat, we were so excited. I’m a massive fan of The Strokes so I still pinch myself to this day. We haven’t met him because we haven’t been to America yet, but we’re going this year so hopefully we could meet up with him in New York, that would be fantastic.”
Inheaven recorded their album in the famous Rockfield studios in Wales, used by everyone from the Manic Street Preachers and Black Sabbath to Simple Minds and Queen.
“There’s a lot of history there,” says James. “We were recording in the same room as Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded and you can just feel the history in the place. There really is a vibe, an energy about it.
“It’s in the middle of nowhere but that was great for us. There’s no pub nearby, there’s nothing so you just get on with it. We recorded the whole alum is about 12 days, we were constantly doing something.”
The band may have taken a while to get their album out but their video releases have been much more prolific – their YouTube catalogue is rammed.
“Chloe went to film school and she’s a fantastic editor, so it’s been a great way to get our music out there,” says James.
One of their most viewed films is for album track Stupid Things and is a montage of clips from iconic movies like Pretty In Pink, The Graduate and The Breakfast Club – all used without permission of course.
“We just went for it…we haven’t had an email yet,” laughs the singer. “We figure if we can get to the point where someone thinks it’s worth suing us, we’ll be doing OK.”
Inheaven will play at the Boileroom in Guildford on Monday (5 Feb).