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Class Of 2015: H.e.a.t & We Are Harlot

Armed only with a copious amounts of booze and attitude, this Anglo-American/Swedish summit is plotting how to bring the good times back.

If you’re on the lookout for the future of music, then where better to find it than where the legends of the past were created? Today, CR has congregated on the hallowed turf of Donington Park for the annual Download festival, rock’s biggest shindig of the year. Behind us, Slash belts out a fat-free, greatest hits set on the main stage. But, for once, we aren’t here for him. Or headliners Kiss. Or Mötley Crüe’s final UK festival appearance. Instead, we’ve descended to the back lounge of We Are Harlot’s tour bus to discuss the future of the genre with two of its brightest hopes. Danny Worsnop (vocals) and Jeff George (guitar) of Harlot have just released one of the best debuts of this year, packed with sleazy, glammed up instantaneous rockers, and are joined by Erik Grönwall (vocals) and Eric Rivers (guitar) of enigmatic Swedish melodic hard rock crew H.e.a.t.

Everyone is in high spirits after both bands dominated the second stage earlier in the day, and it’s turning into a full-blown love-in as both bands profess their admiration for each other. Our job is to contain them just enough to get some perspective on the state of rock in 2015.

As we get everyone to settle down, the dynamic is immediately established. Worsnop and George are the swaggering motormouths, while Grönwall and Rivers are more laid-back and effortlessly cool. So gents, in 2015, what shape is rock in?

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