Heart to Heart sounds a little touchy-feely for the name of a hardcore punk band. But instead of having a softer chocolate-and-tissues indie sound, their music evokes the kind of heart to heart where there is still a lot of passion and fighting to be had; the kind that feels like an uphill fight with your best friend. Those talks weren’t meant to be soft, but rather something that is intense and cathartic, just like the band’s sound. Their hurling vocals and melodic guitars give way to lyrics of realization and hardship. Upon signing to Anchor Eighty Four, their new 7″ ‘Deathproof’ was released in 2011. But, we’re not here to talk about music, let’s find out the real story behind Heart to Heart’s name…
Who came up with the band name?
I (Nick) came up with the band name back in 2007 when we use to be called The Despair.
Was there a selection process?
Everyone in the band would always shoot ideas off each other while we were putting songs together. We always saved the best names and together voted on what we thought was best fitting.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
When we think of Heart to Heart, we think of it as being able to be real. Like, have a “heart to heart” with someone. Sounds cheesy, but we feel our music is real — real lyrics, with real meaning behind them. We write about real life problems that can help or can relate with other people. We want to be close with the people that watch our shows. We always want to stay on a personal level with our “fans”. I hate to say “fans” — we’d rather call them friends. We are here to help and support.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
To be honest, I can’t really remember. They didn’t make the cut, but I’m sure there was some silly bullshit.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
The Despair. It sucks.
Any regrets about the name you chose?
None at all. We all still love the name very much. We just talked about it on tour, and we still say it’s the most fitting for us. It’s easy to remember and just rolls right off the tongue. Couldn’t picture us being called anything else. Not to mention it’s 2012 and all the other names have pretty much been used. Hard to stay creative. But I’m in love with our name.
Pick up Heart to Heart’s new 7″, Deathproof.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their official website.