Heroes and Villains
Kansas City, Missouri
Death Cab For Cutie, The Frames, The National
It's not often that a band can create a full, arena sized three act play out of a song. The fact that Heroes and Villains can do it with seeming ease on every track of their latest EP and accomplish these atmospheric heights with a relatively intimate crew says all the more for the trio.
If you've never heard of Heroes and Villains, there's a good reason. Up until recently, the Kansas City, MI group was known as Walter Alias. After amassing a gorgeously epic Brit pop sound in the heartland of America, Walter Alias thought it necessary to change their alias and go as the more appropriately weighty Heroes and Villains. Despite the apparent contrast in their moniker this trio is taking a very one sided approach to rock music, the bigger, the better.
Armed with vocalist/guitarist Ryan Wallace, keyboardist Cody Stockton, and drummer Jason Smith, the band make the most of their roster, layering and building each song like a cinematic opera. From the simple but driving melodies to Wallace's soaring vocals, the group often sound large enough to fill a concert hall and more, gaining momentum and crescendoing brilliantly again and again.
Their debut EP, Plans In Motion, shows off the band's Britpop take on arena sized rock, dealt with good deal of intimate and heartfelt lyrics, expressively complimenting the emotional swells of the music. Heroes and Villains can also explode with a musical bombast packed with passionate, melodic fervor. It's an experience not soon forgotten.