HEAF, pronounced: hēf
Rhymes with Leaf
Stands for Head East and Forgive
HEAF is an indie rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. The band has created a unique sound since forming in 2012 with only Dan Tysz (drums) and LuReis Smith (synthesizer). The random jams between the two were eventually brought to life when Alexa Liming (vocals) and Tyler Looman (bass) joined the group.
The four decided on the name HEAF, an acronym for Head East And Forgive, and put together six songs that they would record for their first EP album, Shades, over the summer of 2013 at Sacred Sound Recording Studio in Martins Ferry, Ohio. HEAF consistently played a number of shows and music festivals throughout 2013 before adding the talented Max Dubel (guitar) later that year. The addition of guitar created the perfect balance and depth for the band.
HEAF continued a steady pace of live shows in 2014, including the Move Music Festival in Albany, New York and started opening for national touring acts on a regular basis. In September, they played the MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio with the likes of Chromeo, The Afghan Whigs, The Raveonettes, Panda Bear, Real Estate, and many more. The band’s second six-track EP album, Full Bloom, was released independently in October 2014.