Dublin, County Dublin
International breakout sensation and twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara, also known as Heathers, are set for a big year in 2014 with their second album Kingdom scheduled for an April 8th release in the USA through Sony Red. The first single “Forget Me Knots” is already becoming a firm favourite on US radio in advance of that release. To coincide with that US release, they are also delighted to be playing South by Southwest Festival in Texas for the first time this March.
Also lined up for March is their first tour of Malaysia, incorporating a visit to the city of Penang to perform at their St. Patrick’s Festival and a headline show at the amazing Straits Quay venue. Both the single and album have already received critical acclaim from overseas markets. Canada’s Capital News raved that “Forget Me Knots” is an exuberant track “that has a momentum not unlike their Emerald Island colleagues U2 with its inexorable buildup and lasting hooks.”
In Ireland, Kingdom was nominated for the prestigious Choice Music Prize, an annual music prize awarded to the best album in the country. The Sunday Business Post called the album a “lush, captivating experience” that fans could “take home and live with for a long time” given that “at 22 years of age, Louise and Ellie have a preternatural grasp of melody and a talent for cascading vocal harmonies.” The Irish Times agreed, stating that tracks from the album “embed themselves after just one listen.” Irish Mail on Sunday boldly declared “Heathers new album Kingdom is one of the best Irish albums of the year.”
Music Week credited the pair’s style with “burning, urgent poignancy, dual vocals and catchy harmonies” while Much Music stated that “if you haven’t heard about Heathers from your friends yet, you soon will.” The duo is excited to bring their internationally-praised sound all over Europe, the US and Canada in 2014, as well as to territories like Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand to further support the album.
Formed in 2007, the 23-year-olds found instant international success with their first album Here, Not There, an acoustic-only project they recorded after attending a DIY music festival in Indiana. The album was released through Warner Music Ireland in 2010 and featured the #1 hit “Remember When.” On the heels of the record, Heathers developed an underground following both in Ireland and the DIY scene in the United States.
Their popularity in the US continued to rise after two summer tours of house shows and support from heavyweights such as legendary DJ and producer David Guetta and film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor and composer JJ Abrams, who commented that he and his daughter “haven’t stopped listening to them” since they saw Heathers perform at JJ’s pre-Oscar party.
In 2012, Heathers signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Publishing in London for Kingdom’s release. In 2013 they signed to Sony Music Canada and completed three very successful tours of the country in that time, as well as completing several visits to the US. The album is also recently available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland through Warner Music Germany.
For more information on Heathers and their upcoming projects, please visit www.heathersmusic.net
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