For Fans Of: Thorn Hill / The Word Alive / Crossfaith
With their second EP, i call for the sinking warmth, Heartline combine melodic metalcore with subtle industrial synth that could put them in leagues with bands like Crossfaith and Crystal Lake. With the EP only a couple of weeks old, we were lucky enough to catch up with the Aussies to chat about the David De La Hoz collab and how mental health played a pivotal role in the creation of i call for the sinking warmth.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Heartline (the name of the lines in your palm that reflect your emotional state) began in 2019 when the four of us were finishing high school and wanted to start creating together. The idea of creating music that inspires or heals somebody else was so appealing to us and once we started playing together we never looked back.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
My earliest memory must have been when I was 3-4 years old and I was given a Metallica CD for my birthday, my father and I had it on repeat in the car for months.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
There are so many artists these days it’s hard to choose! Loathe, Thornhill, Silent Planet, Northlane and Ecca Vandal are definitely on there.
“Intensity incarnate. Everything feels heightened and at breaking point here”
Dave Ruby Howe on ‘as the crow flies’
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
Probably when we opened for Thy Art Is Murder! We were still basically kids at the time so they looked a little sceptical at first, but after our set they were stoked which was an insane experience for us as young fans of the band.
You’ve just released i call for the sinking warmth. What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording the EP?
The most fun part was probably really letting go of our own worries and just creating music that felt right and fun for us, and with that came the challenge of making ourselves vulnerable and letting our real emotions shine through on the release.
As the crow flies’ features Belle Haven’s David De La Hoz. How did that come about and how was it collaborating with him?
David is actually our vocalist Luke’s teacher, so when we showed him the song he was really keen to get onboard! We knew he would bring something cool to the track, but we definitely weren’t ready for the brutal demo he sent through a few weeks later, it was so exciting.
This EP ultimately stems from a really bad time for Luke in terms of mental health – has writing this EP been pivotal in pulling you through?
Absolutely, it was just such a cleansing experience, creating honest pieces of music that just helped to get everything out in the open. It’s so important.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Pineapple on pizza, you know you love it.
Rising to the challenge, Heartline have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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