London-based auteur, Jojo Orme, known under the moniker Heartworms, returns triumphantly with her latest single, “May I Comply”, released through Speedy Wunderground. Produced by Dan Carey, this marks Heartworms’ first release since her highly-praised debut EP, “A Comforting Notion,” graced the scene in March of this year.
Uniformity assumes significant importance in Heartworms’ creative process. She draws inspiration from the metronomic precision of bands such as Interpol and Kraftwerk, and is equally influenced by the likes of PJ Harvey. The latter’s dark sense of humour and lyrical finesse subtly infuse her songwriting. The outcome is an invigourating exercise, as well as a platform through which she channels her own self and interests, which encompass a fascination with military history (manifested through her volunteer role at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon) and a deep appreciation for the poetry of Pound, Thomas, and Keats.
But sometimes inspiration hits closer to home.
“When I wrote this track I just wanted to get over an ex and to tell my little brother he’s good enough… turned out to be a lot darker than I thought,” says Orme.
Once again, Heartworms has joined forces with filmmaker Gilbert Trejo, who worked with her on “24 Hours.” Once again, they embraced monochrome to focus on Heartworms’ burgeoning stage presence and performance. Channeling Siouxsie strongly here, no dangling lightbulb is safe in her wake.
Jojo and I wanted to lean harder into the stark black and white world that Heartworms is building, washing everything but the band out in a sea of emptiness,” says director Gilbert Trejo. “Between shooting 24 Hours and May I Comply I’ve had the chance to photograph Heartworms on tour and was excited about capturing a bit more of the energy of Jojo’s performance at this stage.”
Watch the video for “May I Comply” below:
Heartworms stands as an undeniable force, an artist whose work defies conventional expectations, delivering an impactful and engrossing experience whether on the stage or in the recording studio. The artist, herself, exudes a remarkable presence marked by composure and intensity—a true manifestation of strength and mastery. Her penetrating and resolute gaze challenges the stereotypes of fragility and diminution that regrettably persistently haunt the realm of female artists and musicians.
Enthusiastic fans will be delighted to know that a limited quantity of transparent red flexi-discs will be made available, their secret locations disclosed through Heartworms’ social media channels and streaming platforms.
Listen to “May I Comply” below or via these streaming services. HERE
Heartworms will play her biggest headline show to date at Village Underground on the 21st of November. Tickets are available HERE.
Heartworms has also announced US touring with The Kills for 2024.
Heartworms Tour Dates:
- 21 Nov | Village Underground, London
- 25 Nov | Festival Les Creatives, Geneva
- 30 Nov | EKKO, Utrecht
- 1 Dec | Muziekgieterij, Maastricht
- 2 Dec | Zeitgeist Festival, Doornroosje, Nijmegen
- 3 Dec | HINK Festival, Paard Van Stal, The Hague
- 6 Jan | Rockaway Beach, Bognor Regis
- 1 Feb | The Roundhouse, London*
- 27 Feb | Webster Hall, New York
- 1 Mar | 9:30 Club, Washington DC^
- 2 Mar | The Orange Peel, Asheville^
- 4 Mar | Variety Playhouse, Atlanta^
- 5 Mar | Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville^
- 7 Mar | House of Blues, Houston^
- 8 Mar | Stubb’s, Austin^
- 9 Mar | House of Blues, Dallas^
- 11 Mar | Sunshine, Albuquerque^
- 12 Mar | The Van Buren, Phoenix^
- 14 Mar | The Wiltern, Los Angeles^
- 15 Mar | Ace of Spades, Sacramento^
- 16 Mar | Fox Theater, Oakland^
- *w/ The Last Dinner Party
- ^w/ The Kills