Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
The Head and the Heart/GomezAirs Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 PM With a sound built around piano, violin and prominent three-part harmonies, The Head and the Heart have a unique sound full of “sing-along meditations and winding Appalachian roads” (Filter). Tonight, the band makes their Austin City Limits debuts with a set full of “jaunty piano and declarations of love” (Spin).
The Seattle sextet formed around open mic nights, settling on its current lineup and gigging incessantly. Their self-released, self-titled first album became a local bestseller and led to a deal with Sub Pop, who remastered, expanded and re-released the record earlier this year. NPR said “Impeccable, sweet-voiced folk-pop hangs heavy over the Pacific Northwest. But The Head and the Heart is a particularly lovable practitioner, making a nationwide name for itself.”
Critics have compared them to Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers saying The Head and the Heart’s “glowing harmonies, sense of movement, and emotional build capture the heart in ways other bands can only dream about” (Under The Radar). The Independent wrote “Josiah Johnson’s vocals have an introvert fragility akin to Sufjan Stevens.”
The Head and the Heart is a band for people who unabashedly sing and drum along on the steering wheel, and also for those who appreciate a well-crafted collection of songs that build into something. “It seems actually that the more genuine and honest we are in the songwriting and performing, the more people relate to that transparency,” said Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals.
“If there is such a thing as a neo-folk movement happening now,” Johnson told Rolling Stone, “it’s simply a reflection of the fact that music had become so negative, bands decided to go in a different direction. We are shamelessly happy.”