The Hedrons

The Hedrons

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Biography

The Hedrons music is decidedly one part Ramones-esque brawn, one part femme-fatale roar, and one part ruthless guitar-driven nerve. Or as lead guitarist Rosie humorously puts it, “If you listen to us, you wouldn’t realise it was girls until Tippi starts singing – you’d think it was a bunch of big hairy guys playing.” And although the girls would personally describe their sound as the modern love child of the Foo Fighters and Joan Jett, they would also say that the very same is proudly godfathered by Iggy Pop & The Stooges.

In 2005 The Hedrons were formed in their native Glasgow. With a relentless gigging schedule, a UK Top 20 indie single and further back-to-back Top 5 indie singles chart success, the four-piece have established themselves as one of the country’s foremost emerging rock bands. This has only been further emphasized by the recent release of the band’s debut album ‘One More Won’t Kill Us’ which accomplished further indie chart triumph when it broke the Top 40 of the official UK indie album chart.

In the UK throughout 2006, The Hedrons were the focus of many a press feature and gained plenty of airplay, including from the likes of Radio 1 and XFM. The band was first tipped in the NME who said of them 'an all-girl four-piece who sound like Patti Smith meets Penetration with a dash of early Blondie and a smidging of The Runaways... you have to hear this band!' Off the back of this attention and all their touring, The Hedrons were confirmed to perform at several summer UK summer festivals including Download at Donington, T In The Park and Guilfest. Of particular significance, the band was invited by the band Alice In Chains to step in as special guests at their only UK show at the London Astoria. Overall, The Hedrons satisfied a healthy appetite of over 150 gigs by the end of the year, accomplishing sell-out status at many venues up and down the UK / Ireland and generally causing much fan frenzy wherever they appeared. One of those gigs gained special significance, when in October The Hedrons became the first British band ever to play a live, virtual gig as 3-D figures inside the virtual world ‘Second Life’ as avatar’s of the band performed in the customised venue ‘The Hedro Dome’ whilst the real band performed in Glasgow!

Release wise, the band’s first single ‘Be My Friend’ was released in July 2006 on Scottish indie label Measured Records and entered the official UK charts as a top 20 Indie Single, selling out of its limited edition vinyl pressing as did the second single ‘I Need You’ that was released in October and entered the same chart at number 5. A third single ‘Heatseeker’ was released in January 2007 and achieved identical top 5 indie chart success. The debut album ‘One More Won’t Kill Us’ was released in February and was met with an official Top 40 indie album chart position.

This year was kicked off in typical Hedrons fashion with the band hitting the road in the UK for yet another headline tour. The album has just been released in Japan to frenzied acclaim, and live dates there are currently being lined up. March saw them venture across the Atlantic for the first time as they flew in for a mini-tour across North America, including showcases at both Canadian Music Week and SXSW as well as dates in New York and California. The riotous foursome have been received extremely well by industry heavy-hitters and college students alike as anyone could tell from the sell-out attendance at venues like The Key Club, The Roxy and Spaceland in LA or The Knitting Factory in New York. Next up is a bout in Germany as they head over to play a string of dates for British Music Week which will stretch across Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich and yet another killer festival line-up for the summer which will include a main stage appearance at this year’s Isle Of Wight festival.

Although The Hedrons have just started out in their career, they have already made a healthy impact on the music scene. And, according to drummer Soup, one thing’s for sure, “For four girls, we make one hell of a noise.”

Lyrics

Heatseeker

Written By: Tippi & Kudzu

I pull my heart out, I need to find someone just like me
I haven’t any doubt, that you are all the things that I could be

We’ll always upgrade, to stay ahead of all the thinking
We can’t facilitate, but that will never stop us trying to

I need a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker
I want a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker

There’s nothing left for me, if I can’t find what I am looking for
Your moving so fast, I can’t keep up with you, but this won’t last

I need a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker
I want a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker

I try to salvage it, but it’s been ground into the roadway
I try to pick it up, but it falls right through my finger tips

I need a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker
I want a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker
I need a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker
Just need a Heatseeker, cause I’m a Heatseeker

I Need You

Written By: Tippi

I got too much time on my hands, to feel you
I got too many words on my tongue, to taste you

Maybe I’ve gone down the wrong corridor again
Every time I try to open a door, it leads me to a dead end
You could love me, leave me, if only you’ll stay
Promise me I’m here today
Use, abuse, take all you want
Promise me I’m in your thoughts
I need you, to promise me
I need you, to promise me

I hope you’ve been lost in the crowd, looking for me
I’m asking everyone I can, if they’ve seen you

But nobody says a word to me, they smile and walk on by
I’m pulling on their arms, I’m screaming, I’m down on my knees begging please!
You could love me, leave me, if only you’ll stay
Promise me I’m here today
Use, abuse, take all you want
Promise me I’m in your thoughts
I need you, to promise me
I need you, to promise me

You could love me, leave me, if only you’ll stay
Promise me I’m here today
Use, abuse, take all you want
Promise me I’m in your thoughts
You could love me, leave me, if only you’ll stay
Promise me I’m here today
Use, abuse, take all you want
Promise me I’m in your thoughts
I need you, to promise me
I need you, to promise me
I need you, to promise me
I need you, to promise me
I need you, I need you, I need you, I need you
I need you.

Be My Friend

Written By: Tippi

Got myself in a fix, don’t know how to mend it
Hope someone gets here quick, don’t think I can defend it
Thought he would just take me home, exchange numbers give him a phone
Now I’m tied to the kitchen chair, I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared
Maybe I deserve, all that I get, maybe I deserve all that I get

Just be my friend, Just be my friend
Just be my friend, Just be my friend

I smell him, he’s getting close, I’m starting to tremble
I thought he was kind of cute, until he through me in his book
He whispers in my ear, what a nice way to end the year
All I can do is close my eyes, think of Rome, in the summers it’s nice
Maybe I deserve, all that I get, maybe I deserve all that I get

Just be my friend, Just be my friend
Just be my friend, Just be my friend

I woke up amongst the trees, I don’t know how I got there
I pulled myself to my knees, next time there’ll be no yes please
Maybe I deserve, all that I get, maybe I deserve all that I get

Just be my friend, Just be my friend
Just be my friend, Just be my friend
Just be my friend, Just be my friend
Just be my friend, Just be my friend.

Discography

Single - Be My Friend (July 2006)
Single - I Need You (October 2006)
Single - Heatseeker (January 2007)
Album - One More Won't Kill Us (February 2007)

Set List

Heatseeker
I Need You
Once Upon A Time
Frame Of Mind
Be My Friend
Couldn't Leave Her Alone
Falling Star
Dear Thomas
Sympathy
What Am I To Do
Stop, Look & Listen
Place Like This
Bad Charm
One More Won't Kill Me