The Smoking Hearts
There is no such thing as a dull moment for The Smoking Hearts. Live shows have seen guitars
smashed and drum kits sprawled across stages and it is not uncommon to find half the band
playing in the crowd while singer Ben Mills is in the back of the venue, on the bar, or hanging
from the rafters, all the while coercing the crowd into joining the party. Playing with the likes
of Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, Asking Alexandria, Gallows, Underoath, and Andrew
WK, The Smoking Hearts have cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting young
bands in the U.K.
Originally formed by friends Nobba Green, Simon Barker, and Calvin Roffey and intended to be
their ideal mix of Rock ‘N’ Roll and Punk Rock, The Smoking Hearts were quickly joined by
drummer Matty Taylor and singer Rodd Lethal, who they knew from other local area bands.
After releasing their debut album Pride of Nowhere to rave reviews from the British music press
(KKKK – Kerrang!, 8/10 Rocksound, 8/10 NME), The Smoking Hearts hit the road on their first
national tour to support the release, wreaking havoc throughout the U.K. and Europe. It was
soon after that vocalist Rodd inexplicably quit the band (via a text message), leaving the band
high and dry.
But The Smoking Hearts are survivors, fighters to the very last and it was going to take more than
that to stop a band who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. Instead, armed with a handful
of demos recorded in Matty’s bedroom, The Smoking Hearts decided to search for a new singer.
“It was more through stubbornness than anything” says bassist Calvin. “I sat on the sofa at home
with Simon and listened to the demos we had, and knew that we had to make another record.”
Word soon got out, and before audition requests could even be answered, a man by the name of
Ben Mills (formerly of Essex hardcore band The Takeover) had emerged as favourite for the job.
Upon meeting, they hit it off instantly and spent the next three days together (writing songs in
varying states of excess). For better or worse, Ben Mills was now officially a member of The
Now, with the release of their new album, Victory!, The Smoking Hearts are getting ready to show
the world the result of those writing sessions. Once again proving that their unique blend of
high-energy Rock ‘N’ Roll has the dexterity to resonate with Punk, Metal, and Hardcore crowds
Introducing IDIOM, a DIY quartet of veracious males from the South West of England who began life as a band with a simple mission statement: “Whether they find themselves playing to Ten or Ten Thousand people, the aim is to bring the house down every time”.
Staying true to this collective belief has served IDIOM well over the short time that they’ve been together. It has seen them appear at festivals such as Blood Stock & The Bulldog Bash as well as sharing stages with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Devil Driver, Skindred, (Hed)pe, 36 Crazyfists, Young Guns, Aiden, InMe, From Autumn to Ashes and a list of others that goes on and on!
Based in Exeter, the four-piece were at the forefront of the welcomed rock-rap revival at the end of the noughties. Formed in 2005, the hard-working collective take influence from bands as diverse and eclectic as Incubus, Rage Against The Machine, SiKth, System Of A Down and Deftones.
The group have self-released two EPs through their own Dirt Track label, both produced by former Dub War members Jeff and Ginge at the Not In Pill Studios in Newport, Wales.
The release of 2006’s ‘Side Show’ enabled the band showcase their debut tracks on local stages, and 2007’s follow-up ‘Twelve Bar Blues’ propelled the energetic crew onto a full UK and European tour with Californian nu-metal gods Hed(pe).
In 2007 the group played the infamous Bulldog Bash and Bloodstock festivals in the UK, and in early 2008 the group returned to the stage for a European run of shows with New York hardcore titans and Vagrant Records moshers From Autumn To Ashes. The successful mainland run also included a string of shows with UK heavyweights Bring Me The Horizon and Brighton superstars Architects.
In May 2008, after hearing the group’s studio material, Benji Webbe – vocalist for Welsh raga-rockers Skindred personally invited the band onto an impressive two month run of 35 shows around the UK, with IDIOM vocalist Matt joining the headliners on stage for a nightly rendition of hit ‘Nobody’ to packed venues across the country.
In February 2009, Metal Hammer magazine picked Idiom’s track Twelve Bar Blues for inclusion on their cover-mount CD – sharing stereo space with such big names as Lamb Of God, Dimmu Borgir and Deathstars.
Following this, it was clear that IDIOM were starting to make waves within the inner circles of the UK music industry, something which was confirmed by the support shown by leading alternative radio station XFM who showed their support for the group by not only playing tracks frequently on air, but by also inviting the band down to the XFM studios in London to record a live session.
Since then, the Idiom wheels haven’t stopped turning.
The past 3 years have seen the band play Hard Rock Hell Ibiza and Hammerfest, tour the UK with Skindred, DevilDriver & 36 fists as well as performing stand out headline shows that have left the length and breadth of the UK hungry for more.
With momentum building and a fan-base that’s growing rapidly after every outing, it comes as no surprise that the first quarter of 2013 has seen IDIOM already confirm a major festival, book a string of headline shows including a night at the world famous Camden Barfly, sign a unique & innovative distribution deal with EMI label services, put pen to paper with a joint venture management company headed by RSK Entertainment’s Simon Carver & Arya Goggin of Skindred, AND not to mention being picked up by the hugely influential CAA who will work as the band’s live agent.
With 2013 starting with such a bang, the rest of the year promises to put IDIOM right at the forefront of the British live music scene – a position which they have earned and in which they will thrive.
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