Her Dark Heaven releases fascinating new single ‘Pray To Me’

"I guess you could say I owe this song to people like Leonard Cohen, who so beautifully combines the spiritual and the sexual in all his works."
14 March 2023

The thrilling New York band Her Dark Heaven is back with their new single Pray To Me, after releasing their impressive album Poor Luck in 2022.

Pray To Me is an amazing mixture of alternative music and gospel vibes. This is a unique sound that allows you to guess and let yourself be fascinated. Their last project is something different but progressive – it grows slowly in intensity until it reaches its peak, making it a stunning display of sounds and emotions.

Then band’s front-person Jack Doyle reveals: “‘Pray to me’ is a song about a one night stand that I didn’t have. I wrote it one night in the span of twelve hours at a songwriting bootcamp in Chicago. I basically chugged Pepsi for the caffeine in order to stay awake. I ended up taking a half hour nap on a pool table at 4am, then kept writing and finished the song in the morning.

“I wrote it for a person I had just met, someone who I was attracted to, who I thought I would like to spend a night with. It didn’t happen, but I got a song out of it. I guess you could say I owe this song to people like Leonard Cohen, who so beautifully combines the spiritual and the sexual in all his works. I think that there is something strangely sacred about the one night stand. At least the very best one night stands. You meet someone, forge a bone deep connection in the span of a few hours, maybe have pancakes the next morning, and leave forever. It’s like an entire relationship lived out from dusk till dawn.

“I guess you could even say that one night stands have a religious history, considering that the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce the birth of Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit and her got it on that night? It was definitely a one and done because Jesus doesn’t officially have any holy siblings as far as I know. But in the case of this song, I thought it would be sweet to add a bit about an angel. “If you need an angel, pray to me tonight” as if the singer is saying “tonight I will try to be everything you need, body and soul”.”

Jack Doyle (they/them) is the songwriter, bass player and front-person behind Her Dark Heaven, together with Bolivian metal guitarist and sound engineer Camilo Sanchez Lobo (he/him), Taiwanese/American producer and multi-instrumentalist Howard Ouyang (he/him), New York City born metal drummer Aaron Giovanetti (he/him), and rhythm guitarist Ben Shooter (he/him) who developed his musical style in New Orleans. 

Photos by TONY X