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Who are you?
We are Seventh Heaven and we’re a female-fronted alt-rock band from Teesside. We’ve got Stephanie Mackey on vocals, Ryan Smith on guitar, Tom Robinson on bass and Ben Penn on drums.

What is it you do?
We always want to connect with as many people as we can through our music. As cheesy as it sounds, we try our hardest to push forward the emotional content of our songs and connect with different audiences through it.

How long have you been doing it?
Ryan and Ben met through another local band and started a three-piece with Tom many moons ago. But Seventh Heaven only really formed properly after Steph started on vocals in late 2022. We’ve been gigging for about a year and we’ve loved every second of it!

What inspires you?
We’ve all got very different influences and it definitely shows in our music.
Ben’s drumming is high energy and then some. He’s very much inspired by bands like Alter Bridge, Amber Run and Nothing But Thieves. He also loves a bit of Sam Fender from time to time, but unfortunately, Steph will not be putting on a Geordie accent any time soon.

Ryan’s got 2 completely different sides to his inspirations. He’s grown up listening to the likes of Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters which plays well into our heavier songs. However, he’s also very into softer, more acoustic artists like Nick Drake, Scott Matthews, Ben Howard and Hozier, which you can hear in some of our slower songs.

Tom is an insane jazz bassist, inspired by people like Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn and Trigger Alpert. His idea of hell is playing nothing but root notes throughout a song, so we get some pretty snazzy basslines.

Even though she loved listening to it, Steph had never sung rock music before Seventh Heaven, mostly singing musical theatre and choral. However, she draws influence from artists such as Jeff Buckley, Hayley Williams, Stevie Nicks and Chris Cornell. She’s also very into her soul music and loves a good singalong to a bit of Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding.

Tell us about your music.
We’ve definitely evolved a lot since we first all started playing together. Our music is a lot of different things all in one, but we’ve had people describe it as a mix of rock, indie, shoegaze and occasionally a bit of grunge. Honestly, it’s different with each song, so seeing us live is a bit of a rollercoaster! Most importantly, we want to connect with all kinds of people, so we have a go at everything.

What have you got coming up in the future?
We’ve got a single called Too Much coming out on the 25th of February which we personally think is sick. Also, our very own Ryan produced it so we’re so excited to share that with everyone.

This year we have some insane gigs coming up both in Teesside and beyond. We can’t say loads as of yet, but keep those eyes on our socials!

Where can we find out more about you?
We’re mostly active over on Instagram ( but we’re also active on other socials which we’ve linked here.

We’ve also got some other bangers out on all streaming platforms so if you fancy a new band in your Spotify Wrapped, you know where to look.

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