This is Not This Heat
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 will play their very last dates this July on their third and final trip to the US.