A two parts British, two parts American outfit, Five O'Clock Heroes are yet another band to emerge out of the New York scene. Fresh from touring the UK earlier this year with the likes of The Bravery and Brendan Benson, they're releasing Head Games, the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut album Bend to the Breaks, out later this year.
If you're expecting another generic Noo Yawk rock 'n' roll band however, you'd be wrong - this is a lean and rather impressive piece of music that certainly shows their contemporaries the way forward with regards to writing a flawless pop-rock number with a unit shifting hook.
Lead singer Anthony Ellis' guitar chops around insistently, and his frenzied, excitable vocals draw to mind those of Elvis Costello and Jam era Paul Weller. The chorus aims directly for the jugular and succeeds, and you're left gasping for more after it clocks in at just over two and a half minutes. If you haven't already heard this band, this is certainly a formidable introduction.