From the forgotten streets of Brooklyn’s waterfront district, Red Hook, Heldin is fronted by a diminutive pirate queen — whose howling whiskey soaked vocals wrap themselves around a distorted crushing blend of slow melodic blues and pulverizing swampy metal riffs. Heldin have been destroying audiences in New York since 2011.
Musical influences include Harvey Milk, Melvins and Dickless. Heldin has shared the stage with Dysrhythmia, Wizardry, Dub Trio, Kayo Dot. Live the band is a loud and intense swirling maelstrom of heavy bass driven blues metal and disturbed lyrical forays accompanied by Smith’s personal attack on an aging and helpless Wurlitzer.