Inbox Interviews: Heartsink (Pop Punk/Alt/Easycore)

For fans of Four Year Strong, Good Charlotte, A Day To Remember and The Wonder Years...


Todays Inbox Interview is with York based band, Heartsink!


The group fuse together elements of a nostalgic 2000's era alternative rock with a fresh new Pop Punk spin to create their own distinguishably unique sound.


It's been an exciting year already for the talented four piece following the release of their February single 'Starting Over'. We caught up with Heartsink's very own Zac Roughton to find out more...


So why the name Heartsink?

The Heartsink name actually came from our old guitarist Tom (of Pray For Hayden), he really liked the name as it is a title of a Blood Red Shoes song.


In just one sentence, explain your sound…

Face punching riffs, Hard Hitting Drums, Anthemic Choruses and as many breakdowns as my last relationship.


How did you all meet/the band form?

This current line up stemmed from an older band called One Way Street, but as our tastes changed and new members came in the name didn’t really fit. Me and the drummer Jake are twin brothers and have jammed in our parents garage for years.


We know our guitarist Kiel as we hang out with him watching wrestling as he was already a very close friend and he was also in York band On The Ropes and Bryn and Jake used to work together at VUE cinema in York and have been friends ever since, I remember hearing some of Bryn’s old demo’s and being blown away at how good they are and it was a no brainer to get him in the band.



Who are your musical idols?

Personally Blink – 182 were always a huge influence on me getting into music and playing pop punk but I have many other idols, Brian May of Queen was one of the first guitarists that I felt I really connected with.


Songwriting wise bands like A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong and also Sum 41 probably influence me the most. I know the other guys lean into their heavier music more/newer pop punk bands.


What have been your best moments as a band so far?

There has been so many amazing moments in the couple years we have been Heartsink such as; supporting Dream State in York and Hull, The Welly in Hull is seriously such a wonderful venue to play. We also supported ROAM in York in February which was incredible.


Hearing our music on US radios is always a big thing to me also, our last single was played on Idobi Radio which was so surreal but honestly the three people I have on stage with me are the most important, having fun with my best friends is always the end goal and that is what matters the most but if we can help even one person with our music that would mean a lot to us.


The music industry can be an incredibly difficult place for up and coming artists, what are some of the challenges you’ve faced so far?

It is quite hard sometimes for people to take you seriously because I believe there is a stigma where some people are like “OH LOCAL BAND, THE MUSIC AND RECORDING MUST BE BAD.”


We are lucky to know so many hard working unsigned bands in the UK Pop Punk scene and even in York where everyone has been so supportive.


What can we expect from a Heartsink live show?

Lots of energy, chorus and riff driven songs and possibly some dad jokes.


If you could support any band/artist, who would it be and why?

It’s a dream of mine to play Slam Dunk Festival one day but other than that probably bands like State Champs & Good Charlotte!


Who are 3 other bands/music artists that we should all go and check out?

Shark Bait, Old Selves , Lyon Estates and High Visions (I threw in four)


You have a new single out soon and we’re all invited to get involved in the video - tell us more... Basically we’re not being cliché at all (irony intended) but we were going to record a video for our latest single Taking It Slow just as the pandemic hit and we thought what a better way to come together than dancing around like an idiot to pop punk.


What’s next for Heartsink? We have a show in February next year supporting Siamese at The Fulford Arms (Long way off I know) but even normality is exciting right now, honestly next for us is probably some social distanced chilling with each other because honestly miss being with the lads a hell of a lot!

And so concludes our interview! A massive thanks to Zac.


The group are currently in the process of putting together a lockdown video for their upcoming single ‘Taking it Slow’ - excitingly, it's the first release to be fronted by bassist Bryn.


You can also catch Zac playing Nexus Festival - an online festival set up by Zeus bookings - on the 19th June...we'll be watching, see you there!


We absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next for these pop punk/alt rockers...


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