It has long been acknowledged that the popularity of musical genres runs in cycles. It is most undoubtedly related to the influences of a previous generation introducing their offspring to a flavor that they are already genetically and pre-destined to have an affinity for. Sometimes those influences can skip a generation, which appears to be the case with the increasing popularity of folk-inspired bands. The Head and the Heart, an indie-folk band out of Seattle, is one of those bands spearheading the movement.
Surfing the ‘Tube (YouTube) revealed that The Head and the Heart’s song Lost in My Mind has accrued over two-million views since March of 2011. According to Wikipedia, the band originally released their self-titled album in 2009, was signed to Sub Pop Records toward the end of 2010, and re-released an expanded and re-mastered album in 2011.
The band’s three-part harmonies carry the weight of the group, but that weight is easily dispersed with catchy songs and a fluid delivery. Lyrics steeped in truth, simplicity and emotion provide the imagery and an easy conduit for connecting with their audience. Numerous possible influences can be detected within the band’s signature sound with the most intriguing possibility being a subtle hint of The Screaming Trees, a diverse Grunge-era Washington-based band that garnered national recognition a couple decades ago. Subtle comparisons to Peter Yorn can also be made.
The Head and the Heart made their television network debut on the Conan show in 2011 and they are currently touring the United States. The band is scheduled to play in Nashville at The Lawn at Riverfront Park on Saturday, September 28, 2013.