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5 Things You Need to Know About HEKA

Bristol based band HEKA just released their debut single, Fake Smile. Hailed for their “musical prowess” by Ryan Cahalin in Get Some Magazine, here are five things you need to know about this up and coming band.

  1. The Rite of Passage

We’ve all heard of rites of passage when it comes to joining bands and HEKA is no different. To become a fully fledged member of HEKA, you have to have watched Akira before you can join. Akira is a 1988 “Japanese post-apocolyptic cyberpunk film” directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It is based on his 1982 manga of the same name. The film has an international cult following. Just look it up, it’s a classic and a must watch.

2. The Moment They Met

HEKA is made up of five young musicians- Anton on vocals, Ben and Adam on guitars, Alfie on synths and James on Drums. Ben and Anton met one night after Ben gave Anton his jacket when he was cold.

3. The Practice Pizza

Working hard to create their music, the duo have developed a bit of a ritual for their practices. The ritual? To eat pizza every time. It makes you wonder how many pizza’s went into creating their debut single, Fake Smile.

4. The Tattooed Singer

Singer Anton has to date a whopping 42 tattoos and it doesn’t seem that he’ll be stopping any time soon. One tattoo in particular is very special as it was drawn by Daniel Johnston, the American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Johnston was known for his low-fi music and artistic talents up until his untimely death in 2019 at the age of 58.

5. The Shower Song

Every song has a great origin story. It could come to you in your sleep or in a moment of need. Or in the case for Fake Smile, the melody was written in the shower. From there, it progressed into the song it is today.

Fake Smile is available to listen to on all digital platforms. A remix by Johnny Oregon of Elder Island is available from August 26th.

For more information, please visit HEKA’s website-

Press photos by @twinsenuk on Instagram

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