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Headshrinkers

“You need to start a band with me!” solidified the beginnings of a line-up for Headshrinkers following singer, Garran Hickman bumping into lead guitarist James Knott down their local pub. Affiliated by a shared music taste, a mutual determination to write great tunes and play live shows, the two had their sights aligned on recruiting a full band. After many writing sessions, they brought in bassist Xavier Al-Naqib, and later, drummer Scarlett Churchill to complete the line-up. Now with a new found sense of urgency and excitement, the newly formed band crafted a high-energy setlist and took to the stage.

Built on a vision of capturing modern life within their music, Headshrinkers infuse the vulnerability of veracious poetry, backed by confrontational punk riffs and 60’s jangly guitars. Taking influence from the likes of Joy Division, Fontaines DC and The Blinders, they amalgamate these influences to create a whole new cacophony of sound. Their frantic, full-force live shows bombard the audience with Scarlett’s pummelling drums and Xavier’s pounding bass-lines, complimented by James’ searing guitar and Garran’s gritty vocal performance alongside his chaotic stage presence.

Headshrinkers have been quick to create a name for themselves in their local music scene and beyond. After the release of their second single ‘Where She Plays’, Headshrinkers decamped to a more sincere and darker sound which resulted in their third single, ‘6:41 Sapien’, which achieved This Feeling’s track of the day, opened the BBC Introducing radio show, and was critically acclaimed by an array of music publications across the globe. Headshrinkers were named on This Feeling’s ‘big in 2021’ list, as well as being Brum Radio’s band of the year 2020.


“6:41 Sapien is noisy, moody, and absolutely brilliant.” – Happy People

“Incendiary Post-Punk laced with stunning poetic majesty.” – This Feeling

“You won’t be in two minds when it comes to Headshrinkers – you’ll be firmly in the ‘pro’ camp.” – Louder Than War

“Headshrinkers are specifically taking Post-Punk to creepy, eerie and cinematic heights” – The Revue, Canada

“It’s clear Headshrinkers have a lot to say” – Madlands Media

“Pounding, high energy instrumentals combine perfectly with vocals akin to the most exciting bands in the UKs thriving punk scene.”- After Paris

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