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Heretic (US)
United States, California, San Diego

About Heretic (US)

Heretic is an original rock band out of San Diego, CA, founded sometime around 2005, by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Darryn Kelly. The band’s sound has been categorized as rock, alternative, and at times even metal. However, Heretic has described themselves simply as a rock band with a diverse sound that can change from song to song. With a noticeable emphasis on melody and songwriting across t ... read more

About Heretic (US)

Heretic is an original rock band out of San Diego, CA, founded sometime around 2005, by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Darryn Kelly. The band’s sound has been categorized as rock, alternative, and at times even metal. However, Heretic has described themselves simply as a rock band with a diverse sound that can change from song to song. With a noticeable emphasis on melody and songwriting across the board, Heretic’s music can shift from simple, catchy, straight-ahead tunes, to edgier, more aggressive and complex songs.

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Heretic (US)
3 months ago

Hey Gang,

It’s been a while since writing and I wanted to give you guys some insight into what’s going on in the Heretic camp. Last year yielded some nice results from the recordings of “I Am the Shaman,” and “A Sendoff to Israel.” Recording those songs independently on the iPhone was a great experience and allowed me to get some new music over to you guys, not to mention delving into some new musical territory, which is always cool. It also prompted me to step back and start thinking about the path forward when it comes to recording and releasing new music. I decided that for the sake of the music (due to sonic limitations involved with independent recordings), that it would be best to hold off on future recordings until the opportunity to do so professionally is available. That means for the time being, we’ll have to wait for any new music (frown).

However, the good news is that I’m already writing and rehearsing the songs that will become the first full length professional Heretic album (smile). In fact, there’s so much material to pull from that this first official LP is going to be a double album. Stylistically, there’s going to be some VERY big songs on this one and the sound is going to be very catchy, and largely acoustic-based. But this is a Heretic recording so you can guarantee that there will be some edgier tunes to pick from as well. The N1M community has been so supportive and this site has served as a great tool to stay connected to you. So you guys will be the first to know about new developments and I’ll probably make a point of posting some behind the scenes vids and pics as things progress. Feel free to drop a line in the meantime and I’ll keep the machine up and running as the next stage progresses. Much love to you all…

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Hi Gang, it's been a long minute since sending one of these out and I wanted to reconnect and give you all a little update. First, I want to say thank you to N1M and all of you for your support, since first creating a profile here. I've been repeatedly blown away by the response to this music and to you, as fans. Much love and gratitude.

There have been some setbacks over the last few years- one of which was tearing a tendon in my left arm, making guitar playing impossible for quite some time. Finally after several months of physical therapy, I'm focusing more on music again. There have been several (over 40 in total) little snippets of songs that I've written during the recovery period and this last spring, I picked a few of them to begin developing from the riffs they were conceived as. Wasn't taking it too seriously and saw it more as just a mini-project and opportunity for me to get more experience at recording on my own and using GarageBand on the iPhone. As such, there were no external mics used and everything was recorded using the mic on the phone.

The end result is two new, mostly instrumental tracks- "I Am the Shaman" and "A Sendoff to Israel." Recording these led me to some new musical territory and I liked where things ended up enough to release them both as new Heretic songs. They're definitely not rock but I wanted to share them and see what you guys think. Free downloads so hit em up and song recommendations are always appreciated! Take care and stay safe during these troubling times we're living in.

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Hey Everyone, I'm posting new versions of recently recorded tracks, "A Sendoff to Israel" and "I Am the Shaman." The first was mastered recently so new version sounds a little cleaner. For "Shaman," I actually revisited the song and added quite a few new tracks to the original framework. I like the way these songs turned out- they're definitely not rock but I like to think diversity is one of my musical strong suits. I hope you enjoy them!

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Heretic (US)
2 years ago

Hey Everyone, some of you have been asking about new music to check out (and rightfully so). So please enjoy this small batch of rare, live Heretic performances from one of our acoustic shows a little while back. Got a few brand newbies on the list so be sure to check out "Waiting" and "Sanctuary" to satisfy your craving. All available for download so you can keep 'em and send to friends too. Cheers and thanks for the support, as always!

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Heretic (US)
5 years ago

Hey Gang,

just posted a fresh batch of songs for you to check out, including one from the archives- "Cold and Familiar," which is currently only available here on N1M as an exclusive for you guys because you've been so supportive and cool. Hope you enjoy it!

Some of you have asked about other media sources and youtube in particular. We do have some older vids posted there, mostly some live, in-studio footage recorded a few years back. You can also find the video for the "In the Zone" single just posted, off of the Bare Bones acoustic cd:

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There seems to be an ever-present challenge for Heretic to bring together the right combination of musicians to take this music to the masses. Believe me when I say that this is something I continue to work on and struggle with, as the founder and leader of the band. I greatly appreciate your patience and support during the uphill battle to secure a proper and (hopefully) stable lineup. I'm sure timing is key and this goal will be reached so thanks for keeping the faith and just know that I'm on it :)

Rock on everyone and thanks for spreading the word!

Darryn
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