With the release of their buzzed about self-titled debut album last fall, HAERTS has quickly won over fans and garnered fantastic critical praise. The New York Times’ T: Magazine calls it “a breezy pop album with an intelligent edge…what really sets the band’s sound apart is the German-born front woman Nini Fabi’s powerful voice — which might bring Stevie Nicks’s to mind — along with earworm melodies and richly layered lyrics.” Time Out New York named the group one of their “Rising New York City Bands You Need To Know.” And Stereogum simply calls them “Irresistible.” In addition to Fabi on lead vocals, the band is rounded out by Ben Gebert on keys/guitar and Derek McWilliams on bass,In January of 2014, the band sold out their first-ever hometown headline show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. HAERTS has performed at Coachella, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Firefly, Bunbury and Time festivals, in addition to touring with London Grammar, Bastille and co-headlining with Mikky Ekko, among others.
Members of the band include:
Nini Fabi – Lead Vocals
Ben Gebert – Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Derek McWilliams – Bass/Vocals
There album is out now and available on iTunes (here)
Last summer, Haerts recorded an amazing cover of Jeff’s stunning “Everybody Here Wants You.” Read below about how they found the song and what’s next for the band…
(Columbia Records; New York, NY; June 23, 2015) – Today HAERTS premiered their stunning cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You” on EW.com, check it out here: http://smarturl.it/HAERTS_EHWYAudio. After recently listening to Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk and rediscovering the song, HAERTS serendipitously recorded their version of “Everybody Here Wants You” on the 18th anniversary of Buckley’s death last month.
“We were in the studio working on new HAERTS material when we started listening to it and, after one listen, the words and melody were instantly stuck in our heads. I think sometimes someone else’s material can express exactly what you’re feeling at a certain time — better than you yourself could — and that happened with this song, and that’s why we covered it. We learned and recorded it the same day, to capture that moment.” – Nini Fabi
In addition, HAERTS has released an original track titled “Animal,” listen here: http://smarturl.it/HAERTS_AnimalAudio. Recorded while working on their self-titled debut album, “Animal” is a song that the band has always loved, but one that didn’t fit the overall aesthetic of the LP. “The music of ‘Animal’ was inspired by a short video clip we saw at a movie theater. The clip showed an underwater scene of sea creatures moving around each other in some sort of crazy dance. During the writing and production process, the song took on a life of its own, but we always felt that there was something animalistic about it and the title is still referring to that initial image.” – Benny Gebert