Between their sold-out Saturday and Sunday shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Seattle-based The Head and the Heart stopped in to The Current's studios to chat with Mac Wilson and to play some songs of their new album, Let's Be Still.
The album debuted in the top ten of the Billboard charts, and although the band members were certainly pleased with that, The Head and the Heart's Josiah Johnson notes that chart position is not what drives the band. "The goal is to do this [i.e. make music] a long time," Johnson says.
In the course of the interview, Johnson, along with bandmates Jonathan Russell and Charity Rose Thielen, compare the rivalry of Seattle-Tacoma with that of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and they describe what it was like writing and recording their self-titled first album versus the new release. Russell also talks about the thoughtful discernment he went through when he wrote "Another Story" in reaction to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
And for those who have seen The Head and the Heart play live, Johnson explains the past and (possible) future of those acoustic songs that are in the band's live set but not on the albums.
"Let's Be Still"
All songs off Let's Be Still, out now on Sub Pop Records.
Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Lindsay Kimball
Engineered by Michael DeMark
- The Head and the Heart
- Album Review: The Head and the Heart, 'Let's Be Still' The Head and the Heart accomplish more on Let's Be Still than presenting their ability to write and arrange melodies; they deliver a more mature set of songs that tell stories. The album is as relatable as it is listenable.
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- The Head and the Heart perform in The Current studio From opening act at First Avenue a year ago to headlining back-to-back shows this week, The Head and the Heart have had a big year. They stopped by The Current studio to debut a new song.
- The Head and the Heart perform live in The Current studio "Soaring vocals" seems to be how Seattle's The Head and the Heart tend to be characterized in many of its music reviews. Writers use those words to describe the multiple part harmonies anchored in solid songwriting that are all over their debut, self-titled release on Sub Pop Records.
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