We're No Heroes

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We're No Heroes
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We're No Heroes during Quiet Colours promotion.
Background information
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Experimental, New-Wave, Indie, Techno, Pop, Funk
Years active 2009–present
Labels Ripefruit Recordings
Website www.werenoheroes.com
Members Tom Collins
Michael Owen
Luke Llewellyn

We're No Heroes (often abbreviated WNH) are a three-piece band from Cardiff, United Kingdom, composed of Tom Collins, Michael Owen, and Luke Llewellyn. They first formed in the summer of 2009 at a downtown South Side recording studio in Chicago, USA.[1]

Their debut record Crossing Over was a demo released for free on February 2010 in the UK and the US. The band's debut EP, Quiet Colours, was recorded late February 2011 and released on 15 June.[2][3]

Their music influences are widely varied due to the different musical backgrounds of the members. However, they have been said to have a funky take on angular ’80s indie and zeitgeist-snaring math rock,[4] playing spot on angular fast paced guitar tunes,[5] which have been compared to other bands such as A Certain Ratio, Spandau Ballet, The Gang Of Four, and The Whitest Boy Alive, to name a few.

History[edit]

In mid 2009, the band started writing and recording for a limited edition debut EP, originally writing 12 new songs, of which only six made the officially released version. The EP titled Crossing Over (inspired by their journey across the US) was completely self-produced, recorded and released through their own studio called Quarter Studios in Langland Bay, Wales.

The band released Crossing Over as a free download along with the lead single "Life Out Loud". Tom has stated multiple times during various interviews that although they were happy with their work, their identity and sound was not yet fully realized.[6][not in citation given] The album was a commercial success in their local area of the United Kingdom, with large download numbers and highly praised reviews across the board.[citation needed]

On 20 November 2010, We're No Heroes signed to At Your Own Risk, a five year strong indie label established in Cardiff[7]

On 6 January 2012 the band was named as one of the top Welsh bands predicted to make a stir in 2012 by Wales Online & The Echo News paper.[8]

In February 2011 the band entered Ripefruit Recording Studio to start work on their second EP, Quiet Colours.[citation needed] The record was produced by Jordan Andrews[citation needed] and mastered at Hafod Mastering Studio.[9][citation needed] The EP was released worldwide on 15 June 2011.[10]

In June 2012 the three piece released a single titled 'Ghost Coast' accompanied by the b side 'Aerials'. It was a slight departure from their Indie Techno infusion and leaned towards sounds grounded in funk and 80's new wave music.[11]

In October 2012 We're No Heroes played Swn Festival alongside acts such as Egyptian Hip Hop, Pulled Apart By Horses, Django Django and many more.[12]

In January 2013 the band released a single titled 'Distort The Air' that lead to world wide support & national attention of their music from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales, Topshop playlists and other critically acclaimed names and since have appeared on bills alongside bands like Peace, Tall Ships, Dutch Uncles, Public Service Broadcasting, Tribes, Chlöe Howl, Tom Odell and many more.

Band members[edit]

  • Tom Collins – Vocals, Guitar
  • Michael Owen – Vocals, Bass
  • Luke Llewellyn – Vocals, Drums

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Record label Release date
Crossing Over (Demo EP)
Self Release
2010
Quiet Colours
Ripefruit Recordings
2011
TBA
Ripefruit Recordings
2014

Singles[edit]

Title Record label Release date
"Life Out Loud"
Self Release
2010
"Empty Beat (Topshop Radio Edit)"
Ripefruit Recordings
2011
"Atlantic Hearts"
Ripefruit Recordings
2011
"Ghost Coast"
Ripefruit Recordings
2012
"Distort The Air"
Ripefruit Recordings
2013

References[edit]