International breakout sensation and twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara, also known as Heathers, are ready to bring their distinctive sound to the US with the release of their song “Forget Me Knots” on October 22. The song can be purchased through iTunes starting Tuesday here. The track is the pair’s debut single from their forthcoming album Kingdom, currently slated for a February 2014 release on Aunthill Records/Big3 Records, with distribution through RED/Sony. To support the new music, the duo will be hitting the road to perform in select cities beginning October 27, including an October 28 show at The Cave in West Haven, CT and October 29 show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
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 and style to the United States.
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.
At the beginning of 2012, Heathers signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Publishing in London for Kingdom’s release. This January, they signed to Sony Music Canada and will complete their third tour of the country this October. The album will also be available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland in October through Warner Music Germany.
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