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The Head and The Heart, May 2011

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This Seattle band has and will play many shows in the Treasure Valley. They played at Nampa Flying M Coffee Garage and were discovered there by the Sub Pop label! They’ve also played Neurolux, Bouquet,Record Exchange, and soon will open for Iron and Wine at the Knitting Factory on Memorial Day Weekend. The Head and The Heart were great to work with, and during sound check they wanted to do a vocal practice. They looked around for a place to go, I was excited to direct them to our stairwell on the side of the building. The reverb in there has always amazed me, cinderblock and space all arranged perfectly by chance for great sound. They practiced acapella harmonies in there, it seriously was angelic!

The Head and The Heart like to write songs with too many harmonies, then weed out the unnecessary vocals to fine tune things. 2 of the 3 members save song ideas on their phones, and one member just purchased an old-school digital 8-track Tascam recorder. These 3 are natural at harmonies, and it’s obvious they love what they do.

Off-mic, they joked about listening to their music on high speed “like it was on 45,” and they actually thought the songs sounded better! The band says that Boise is like their second home, and they humbly asked if they could just attend the in-studio for Iron and Wine when they are here. “We don’t have to play again or anything, we’d just love to sit in the audience.” What a nice band! Of course we’ll let them sit in, and if all goes well maybe we can twist their arms to jam a little with Iron and Wine? Be listening on the 30th, you never know what might happen…

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