When childhood friends Thomas and David decided to work on some songs together, little did they know that their jam sessions would end up in the formation of the full-fledged Cornflakes Heroes. After playing around with the line-up for a year, they finally settled in May 2005 on a combo that includes Claire on bass and Vincent on drums.
Cornflakes Heroes are just like what their bandname suggests : playful and reckless, but also as dreamlike as pragmatic. The logical heirs of the likes of The Shins (for the light-hearted sense of humour) , “Wowee-Zowee”- era Pavement (for the “lo-fi but not really” eccentric indie-rock songwriting) and Sebadoh circa “Harmacy”(for the edgy, but nostalgic feel), Cornflakes Heroes are anything you’d want an indie-rock band to be. Also able to pull the brakes when the tension is palpable, our new-found heroes have recorded an intense and “cooler than cool” debut album: “Off with your heads!”. Calling the listeners to leave everything they’re doing and bring out the craziness, the title of the album tells it all. “Bible belt” which opens the LP makes you want to destroy all chastity belts and tap your feet to a beat that could have been fuelled by the early Sleater Kinney, in slightly deviant delectation (“Silly boys are untrue”). Eventually, it’s an evident fluidity that emerges from these elegantly driven compositions, sometimes two-headed with girl/boy delightful duality (“Good for nothing”), the electric riffs are precise with interweaving guitar licks and spatial Moog interventions.”Behaviour lessons” will undoubtedly bring to mind those long-gone days when we would continually listen to a worn-out copy of Weezer’s blue album on that old cassette player! The bouncing bass and highly-addictive chorus of “Lifeline” hardly foreshadow the Beach Boys-like choirs of “High heels on the beach” which are followed by the crystal-clear rock and lapsteel arrangements of “Words in the doorway”. You will find yourself in the middle of the lonely corn fields of Nebraska in the bitter blues of “Overcome” before finally melting on the anti-misogynous “Revenge on males”.
The twelve tracks of “Off with your heads!” effortlessly make you tap your feet relentlessly and clap your hands and say “More!”. Its wistful melodies and witty lyrics make you wonder how and why you hadn’t come across this band before. Come and see them play in a town near you and witness the future of indie-rock!