Heathers – Here, not there
– Review by Ian Rowland
Heathers are an Irish two-piece band consisting of
Sisters Ellie and Louise MacNamara and ‘Here, Not There’
is their debut offering.
Opener ‘Remember When?’ immediately grabs the attention
with its tight staccato guitar riff swiftly developing
into a fast strum guitar and twin vocal barrage. Barely
pausing for breath two minutes and sixteen seconds later
the song is over in an adrenaline rush.
Next up ‘Honey Please’ momentarily lures the listener in
with its more introspective intro but, within seconds
the oral battery continues in much the same vein as the
The pace actually does slow down on ‘Reading In The
Dark’ and it’s very welcome, featuring as it does some
sublime cello work by guest Patrick Dexter, but, at one
minute fifty seconds, it is a little on the short side.
Back to business on ‘Fine Arts’ with the by now twin
vocal guitar assault bludgeoning the senses, in fact at
one point it seems like they are in danger of falling
over their own feet, tripping over on a stream of
‘What’s Your Damage’ is for me a lightweight, simple,
direct, melancholy song and boasting a gorgeous minor
key chorus but ending just shy of two minutes in fact
most of these songs take an idea around the block a
couple of times and then end abruptly when perhaps you’d
expect them to develop. They certainly can’t be accused
of musical verbosity, indeed, for some of these
minimalist tracks are somehow enhanced by their brevity,
the songs appearing to stop as soon as the point has
been made or until, perhaps, they simply ran out of
The melodies are, for the most part, strong and the
album certainly repays repeat listening although by the
close the limitations of the twin vocal/guitar format
becomes apparent so it is with some relief that the
cello makes a welcome return on ‘Slices of Palama’.
That said, and minor grumbles apart, I rather enjoyed
this album, although a little more variation in the
arrangements would be beneficial. However, if you like
your songs short and full throttle ‘Here, Not There’
contains much to enjoy. Folk-Punk anyone?