(born 3 March 1983, Sydney
, New South Wales
, Australia) is the current bass guitarist in the Australian garage rock band The Vines
and the current guitarist of Sydney band Red Riders
. He officially replaced Patrick Matthews, the previous bass guitarist of The Vines, who left during the Annandale Hotel performance in 2004 where Craig Nicholls reportedly kicked a photographer. He jonined the band in July 2006, making his first appearance with the band at Splendour in the Grass
followed by Reading and Leads festival. He was originally in the Sydney local band D'Arcy. His first connection with the band was when he met Ryan Griffiths at a local house party.
Heald first joined The Vines
in 2006 as a bass guitarist and toured the Vision Valley album. His debut album with the group, Melodia
, was released in 2008. By November 2008, The Vines' vocalist and lead guitarist, Craig Nicholls
, was debilitated by his Asperger's syndrome
and the band's tour was cancelled. By December, Heald was performing on lead guitar with Red Riders
and in February 2009 started recording their next album.
In 2009, he has been known to perform DJ sets occasionally along with Vines drummer Hamish Rosser
in various club,festivals and opening for live acts including Ratatat
and Tame Impala
His favourite music includes The Kinks
, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
, Brian Jonestown Massacre
, The Strokes
, The Black Lips and......