Hearts Apart: Number One To No One
Italian power punks Hearts Apart release their new EP, Number One To No One, an energic blast of pure punk-pop.
Back in January, I discovered the wonderfully lush world of Italian singer Silva Cantele under his solo moniker Phill Reynolds. Never did I expect that that same voice would also take lead of Hearts Apart with their infectious powerpop punk. Their new EP, Number One To No One, is an absolute blast.
Formed by veterans of the Italian punk scene, from bands like Miss Chain & The Broken Heels, Universal Sex Arena, and Il Buio, the band fly through five infectious songs that call to mind the likes of Radioactivity, The Soft Boys and The Strokes. Cantele’s vocals are delivered in that similar detached to Julian Casablancas on EP opener Waste Time, before he injects a dose of urgency to really pull you in. It’s a great first taste and sets the scene for the more driving It’s Too Late that follows. The constant rhythm recalls Jay Reatard on his Blood Visions album.
I’m So Blue brings a more typical spirited 50’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe to the mix, all jiving and hand-clapping, and rioting along like their fellow countrymen The Peawees. They keep that up with a touch of more modern New York garage on It’s All The Same, before closing out the EP with Lonely Days, another cracking slab of pop-punk that drops in more subdued verses.
According to the band, the EP deals with “heart issues, small towns dullness and planned lives” “Give us sweat,” they say, “give us muscles, give us tears. Give us a night and a matchbox. Give us your shouts, your guts, your soul. We’ll give you all of our hearts apart. That’s all we have.” Quite frankly, it’s all we need. Number One To No One is a great introduction to the band and one to stick on again and again.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.