Who TF are Headboy?

With our CLOUT x Uncover show taking place in London tomorrow, we found out all there is to know about Headboy

With our free CLOUT x Uncover show right around the corner (and by right around the corner we mean that it’s literally tomorrow), we figured that it would be a great time to get you a bit better acquainted with Headboy,

Headboy are a North London trio who have been establishing themselves on the live circuit with their eclectic and often thought-provoking sounds and fun, memorable lyrics. Boasting an engaging and shoegazy sound, there is a really charming and affable feel to the outfit and this personality bleeds from their work. We’re sure that experiencing it live will be much more of the same and only magnify the uniquely candid feel of the sound. This really feels like it could be an opportunity to experience and discover an exciting emerging act at the ground floor, and we can’t wait to see and hear what else Headboy have in store following the encouraging work we’ve heard so far.

Who TF are Headboy?

Drums, bass, guitar. 2 sm57s and a little bit of reverb.

How long have you been making music?

Two of us met at uni and then the three of us came together through our football team just before the pandemic. We had one in person practice and then spent subsequent lockdowns sending each other GarageBand files. But it was really when two of us moved into a sublet in hackney wick that we got to make headboy a reality.

Why do you make music?

We are all quite intense people, and had to get it out somehow – it was either this or bad poetry. We think it’s about communication with ourselves, each other and the audience. Sometimes our songs are very direct and blunt, and sometimes they meander more, exploring how and what we want to say.

What are your biggest influences?

We all have slightly different influences, but some stand outs are Pixies, PJ Harvey, Porridge Radio, Squid, Modest Mouse, and Nilüfer Yanya.

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

We played a headline show at the Shacklewell. It was all quite last minute, but it was our first time playing a venue with a green room. Before we went on we did a warm up and hugged each other. It had been a stressful two weeks of gigs and this was the moment where it felt like everything came together, the first note of the set was magical.

How would you describe your sound to somebody unfamiliar with it?

We’ve been described as future people making music that hasn’t changed since the 70s. Creating a sound that’s “charmingly melodic”, and “disarmingly punk”. A amalgamation of all your favorite 90s bands, with some 2020s angst.

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

Playing a radio BBC1 live lounge set. We’ve got a great cover of boys by charli xcx ready to go.

We’re buzzing to have you playing at our Uncover x CLOUT show in London on the 15th, what should people expect from Headboy?

Some dancing, shouting, singing – sexual tention and guitar solos. We’ve been told headboy is a tease, but we like to think about it as a journey through the full range of human emotions.

What else do you have planned for the near future?

We are releasing our first single on the 4th of February with Open Tab.

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

It’s pretty stiff competition, we have friends who come everytime and sing along – but probably we have to give the HB fan trophy to our mums (although Mars’s grandma might contest that).

Free tickets for CLOUT x Uncover Live: Headboy, Flake, Gaylips & Ramona Marx can be found here