Leeds Band Heir Record at Abbey Road
Groove pop band Heir have followed in the footsteps of their music heroes – all the way to Abbey Road.
The Leeds-based five-piece released their new single ‘Fear of Falling’ on Thursday June 18th. And not only was the track recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios, it was also produced by Ken Scott. Scott has famously worked with icons such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Elton John. The experience at Abbey Road was new territory for Heir as their previous singles were recorded in the far more humble surroundings of their home studio.
“It’s just mad”
Heir Frontman Tom Hammond said: “It’s just mad to think our new single was recorded at Abbey Road and produced by Ken Scott who is just a legend. It’s certainly a long way from recording at home with up-turned mattresses for vocal booths and keeping your fingers crossed that delivery drivers or door-to-door salesmen do not disturb you!
‘Fear of Falling’ is the lead single from the band’s new two-song release ‘Heir at Abbey Road’. The EP also includes the track ‘Victoria Falls’.
The opportunity to record at Abbey Road came about when multi-Grammy Award nominee Ken was on the lookout for a band to work with as part of his role as visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University. After being sent a list of Leeds-based bands he chose Heir, five mates – Tom Hammond (vocals/guitar), Sam Perry (keys), Harry Vernon (bass), Samuel Newham (drums) and Ste Fisher (guitar) – who first met at the city’s College of Music and now have a burgeoning reputation as purveyors of uplifting and infectious pop.
“We worked with Ken for a few days in Leeds and got on very well,” Tom said. “He then kindly asked us to join him for a project at Abbey Road. We, of course, said yes instantly and we recorded there in Studio 3 for two days.
“It was an experience that’s difficult to relay in a way that does it justice. Each of the boys have strong emotional connections to records that were made there. And to be trusted by the man who brought them to life to do the same with our songs is something we will be forever grateful for.
Tom told us: “We learned so much from working with Ken. He gave us the confidence to just go for it and I think that comes across in the songs we recorded.”
Ken worked on no fewer than eight albums with The Beatles at Abbey Road. He also counts Bowie’s iconic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in his portfolio. He said: “I have to feel that thing a fan would feel for the bands that I work with. For me that’s Heir at the moment.”
Before Covid-19 struck, Heir had been due to follow their EP release with live dates in London, Manchester and Newcastle.
The band have opened for the likes of Honne, Olly Murs and Lawson. They’ve played Leeds and Reading Festivals and have had previous releases featured on BBC 6 Music and and have struck a chord with the BBC Introducing team. They are currently working on new material which they will be releasing very soon.
Heir at Abbey Road is available to download and stream via all major music platforms from June 18th