The Head and The Heart
Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Seattle-based indie rock band The Head and The Heart will bring their Signs of Light Tour to Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion on Monday, June 12th.
The Head and the Heart has been enjoying plenty of acclaim since the release of their 2011 self-titled debut, which quickly settled into a prime spot in the post-Mumford artisan folk-rock scene and became the best-selling debut for Sub Pop records in years. That album produced “Lost in my Mind” and “Down in the Valley,” as well as a studio version of the band’s stirring, gospel-kissed “Rivers and Roads,” which had served as their walk-off song for years. The 2013 follow-up “Let’s Be Still” was maybe a little more intimate and refined than its predecessor, but it enjoyed a warm reception and kept the band plenty busy on the road.
But the ground beneath the band got a little rockier prior to the release of their third album, “Signs of Light,” in September. In March 2016, singer Josiah Johnson announced a leave of absence to deal with unspecified addiction issues. He’s been replaced in the band’s touring lineup with Matty Gervais, husband of band violinist Charity-Rose Theilen. No timetable is set for Johnson’s return, though the band has said he’s making solid progress.
Johnson’s absence has caused the Head and the Heart, which has always smartly operated as a six-person ensemble, to make more on-the-fly adjustments. But “Signs of Light” was already designed to break from the band’s folk/artisan origins — the band decided to record in Nashville, Tenn., with Jay Joyce, whose sprawling resume includes work with the sparkling Emmylou Harris, indie darlings Cage the Elephant and rock/country star Eric Church.
Once in Nashville, the band found a natural fit. Williams, who considers himself more or a producer/arranger, said the bulk of the “Signs of Light” songs were already written, the product of two years of collecting ideas on the road and a series of two-week writing workshops the band held for itself.
“Signs of Light” is essentially grounded in Johnson’s voice and the band’s cozy jangle, but “False Alarm” conjures Fleetwood Mac. “Colors” is as soaring as a 2017 version of 1970s pop can get, and “All We Ever Knew” comes complete with a la-la-la chorus that you should practice before the show.
The Head and the Heart is eager to return to the road to further hone the musical bond its members formed in such whirlwind fashion.
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