We're No Heroes

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We're No Heroes
We're No Heroes during Quiet Colours promotion.
Background information
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Experimental, New wave, Indie rock, Techno, Pop, Funk, Post-punk
Years active 2009–present
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.


Formation (2009 - 2013)[edit]

In mid 2009, the band started writing and recording for a limited edition demo EP, originally writing 12 new songs, of which only six made the officially released version. The Demo 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 worldwide 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 Catfish and The Bottlemen, Peace (Band), Tall Ships, Dutch Uncles, Public Service Broadcasting, Tribes, Chlöe Howl, Tom Odell, The Amazons and many more.

SHIVER & Spiral Icon (2014 - Present)[edit]

In 2014 WNH signed to Spiral Icon and released EP SHIVER, followed by a full national tour, support slots on Peace (Band)'s UK tour and multiple national and international airplay including that of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 again.[13]

In July 2015 We're No Heroes had been selected as BBC Artist Of The Week in Wales and released a new single and music video titled Voodoo on 31 July, followed by a national tour.[14]

As of February 2016 We're No Heroes were signed as one of BBC Horizons project Artists leading to a national tour of major festival slots.[15]

January 2017 the band entered Maida Vale Studios to record live sessions for BBC Radio 1[16]

On September 1st 2017 Youth was released as a new single.

Band members[edit]

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



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


Title Record label Release date
"Life Out Loud"
Self Release
"Empty Beat (Topshop Radio Edit)"
Ripefruit Recordings
"Atlantic Hearts"
Ripefruit Recordings
"Ghost Coast"
Ripefruit Recordings
"Distort The Air"
Ripefruit Recordings
"Wild Life"
Spiral Icon
Spiral Icon
"Stay Weird"
Spiral Icon
Spiral Icon