February 10, 2016
By Madison Vain
San Francisco indie-poppers HEARTWATCH (known, until recently, as The Tropics), won’t release their self-titled, debut LP until Feb. 26, but today EW is excited to share one of the tracks off the collection, “Never Let You Go.”
Of the uplifting tune, frontwoman Claire George says she knew it was something special as soon as she said it. “I remember the moment the melody of the chorus came out of my mouth,” she tells EW. “I felt total elation. We were in rehearsal, and I was overwhelmed by the feeling of having us all together working on new songs. I think this song is a pure expression of what I felt.”
The song is also significant as it marked a change in writing style for the group, who released their first EP in 2014. “Previously, we wrote songs more individually and brought them to the group, but for this record we started the songs by jamming together,” George says. The sentiment relates to what she hopes the track communicates: community. “To me, this song is about the joy of feeling like you’re part of something,” she says. “I want people to hear it and feel like they, too, are a part of something.”
“Never Let You Go” is streaming below. They have previously shared “Faultlines” off Heartwatch.
The group, who will take the stage at the annual BottleRock Festivalin Napa, California at the end of May, is playing select dates in March with the Flavr Blue. They will headline at the Independent in San Francisco on February 24.
3/5: Echo, Los Angeles, CA
3/6: The Casbah, San Diego, CA
3/8: Lowbrau, Sacramento, CA
3/9: G Street Bar, Grant’s Pass, OR
3/10: Holocene, Portland, OR