Although widely considered to be Post-Punk’s finest, This Heat actually began performing their music in the early days of London’s punk era. Within their two albums and an EP they perfected a strange and volatile new strain of avant-garde rock that time has proved to be massively influential, a blueprint for much that would follow: post-rock, math rock, homemade musique concrète, experimental electronica…..
Exactly 40 years to the day of their first gig in 1976 the two surviving members (Hayward and Bullen) of the original three came together, with a large group of collaborators, to perform expanded versions of the recordings. Conceived solely as a two night residency at Café Oto, under the project title of THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT, it sold out in a matter of hours with fans travelling from as far as Japan. An invitation from the Barbican followed along with countless offers from around the world. A touring band distilled in early 2017 leading to selective performances at major festivals and venues in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan with unfaltering fervent acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
Ahead of their time, This Heat’s music sounds as startlingly original and relevant, live and on record, as the day it was created, but ,in the words of Charles Hayward “moving forward has always been deep inside the music and we need to resolve that contradiction. Now.”
Consequently THIS IS NOT THIS HEAT have recently played their final homecoming gigs in South London and will play their very last international dates this July on their third and final trip to the US, ending with Elsewhere, Brooklyn.
“… It does feel like we’ve been witness to something special. A fine body of work has been brought to life with energy and vitality that seems improbable nearly 40 years after the fact.” – The Wire
“This doesn’t feel like nostalgia but a new beginning” –The Guardian
“While this music might have been written 40 years ago, its creeping sense of dread and strange beauty has never sounded more eerily prescient.” – Rolling Stone
“It was plain to see that This Is Not This Heat is just as much a living, breathing collective as it is an homage to one of Britain’s most eclectic and innovative experimental rock groups”
– BrooklynVegan review of Pioneer Works, New York
When punk had barely dawned, This Heat was already post-punk. From its start in 1976, This Heat was a contrarian band, dispensing corrosive noise, intricate math-rock patterns and cryptic, often politically charged lyrics. This Is Not This Heat’s Big Ears set was utterly precise in its cantankerousness…the songs’ bristling cynicism defies obsolescence.”
– The New York Times review of Big Ears Festival, Knoxville
“Bowie and i hit it off insanely and talked about Mishima and This Heat and all sorts of stuff”
–Arcade Fire’s Owen Pallett on meeting David Bowie
“I get asked to play more music like This Heat, but to my knowledge there is no other music like This Heat” John Peel