The Head and the Heart
Wilco, The Beatles, Old 97’s
With a poppy-folk vibe and twangy vocals, The Head and the Heart delivers songs that will live in your head long enough to pay rent. Their tunes switch between mournful and upbeat, and their style never stands still long enough to become predictable. Quite simply, the sound shifts too rapidly to get stale. Be warned: attempts to refrain from singing along with the chorus to “Sounds like Hallelujah” may lead to serious injury.
The Heads and Hearts of The Head and the Heart (Charity Rose Thielen, Chris Zasche, Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, Kenny Hensley, Tyler Williams) came together at an open mic night in early 2009. Frontmen Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell wrote tunes about loss and growth and joy that are a match for any mood. Soon, the rest of the band formed around Zasche and Johnson’s core. Layering vibrant piano lines with crisp harmonies and delicate strings, the six person lineup built upon each other perfectly. The end result was an album full of songs that are thoughtful, emotional and very very fun. The group had instant chemistry and Seattle welcomed the Head and the Heart with open arms. Soon they were playing to packed clubs, touring with acts like Dr. Dog and The Walkmen and releasing their album through Sub-Pop Records.
They have a reputation for putting on wildly energetic concerts and their heavy touring schedule makes it easy to see their lively stage show in person. If their rapidly ascending career is any indication, you can expect to be hearing from The Head and the Heart for years to come.