As I walked into The Satellite, a small venue in Silver Lake known for its great history of housing future stars of the indie rock scene, I wondered what was in store for me from a band I had only heard one song from (Check out their Bandcamp here). Max Kagan, Mark Fletcher, Scott Andrews, and John Spencer of Brooklyn's garage punk band, Heeney, soon jumped up on stage and announced, "This is a song about writing songs," and their words transformed into that very song so fluidly that I barely realized the show had begun. Heeney's set was filled with quick-paced tunes that seemed to be provided so naturally by the group that I would be jamming out so hard I was shocked to find how quickly each song seemed to end, although they kept coming. Their hyper-awareness of their lack of witty banter and released material provided some honest and hilarious commentary between songs. Their Bandcamp may be barren but these guys definitely have more up their sleeves. Overall, you could tell Heeney is made up of a bunch of New York guys just having fun and starting off on the journey of trying to make it.
"Our name's Heeney, spelled H-E-E-N-E-Y! Thanks, we have nothing for sale!"
And that was the end of my first, but hopefully not last, encounter with Heeney. I left the venue thinking that they would fit right in as openers later this month when I go to see Say Anything and the Front Bottoms. I would say if that sounds like a good lineup to you, or if you're into Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, or Joyce Manor, check out Heeney and maybe we can all say "we knew them when."
Be sure to check out their Bandcamp, Facebook, and Twitter pages for more info/music/updates!