You know you’re properly punk rock when you make climbing a step ladder seem edgy.
Heck’s set at this year’s Hevy fest was a total joy. Apart from “Powerboat Disaster” I can’t remember a single song. But I remember every second of the set. I’ve often read about how rock ‘n’ roll is dangerous but the only other band who’ve made me fear as much as Heck are the Dillinger Escape Plan.
I don’t really have any higher praise to offer.
Part of what I loved about Heck’s set was that I was near the throng at the back of the tent. I didn’t make it over in enough time to get to the photo pit and decided to just enjoy their set. As it turned out, taking photos of Heck from the pit would have been a total hindrance to capturing great shots.
What makes Heck unique isn’t their music, plenty of bands pedal frenetic and chaotic hardcore, but the fact the their physical performance is the perfect analogy to their music. A deaf person could watch a video of Heck set and they’d instantly understand what the band sound like.
Heck are the perfect distillation of all the best punk rock clichés surrounding spontaneity, aggression, sincerity and fun. It’ll just take you a few minutes to realise that while you recover from the inevitable sensory concussion seeing this band live will inevitably induce.
Believe it or not you’ll feel much better for it.