The story of this band naissance is one to convince you of the power of serendipity just in case you weren't already a believer. The three primary songwriters in the group, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist, and Colin Brooks—who also share the vocals—were sharing a gig at Momo's, an Austin club on Wednesday nights. Initially they each performed their own set; however they soon were sharing the stage and performing together. First Seth Whitney joined them on bass and after a stretch John Chapman started sitting in on drums and percussion. As to their name it was a misprint in a local paper, and it stuck. Thus we have born this wonderful Americana band, The Band of Heathens, and this their second studio disc.
This is a solid effort that shows time and consideration were put into the project; the songs are arranged in a manner that varies the beats and rhythms and feels and thus keeps the listener interested by never falling into a sameness. Each song is a solid entity that stands on its own merits and yet fits cohesively together with those around it, yet there is variety in the feelings evoked and makes for a varied listening experience, ranging from almost a gospel feel to, rocking blues, to more thought provoking quiet tunes. A wide ranging disc that shows off the abilities of the three lead singers, both as individuals and their ability to blend into a harmonious unit, and their instrumental prowess on a variety of instruments in a plethora of styles. This is a group that leaves one satisfied with the wait for this effort and yet looking forward to the next installment of their collaborative efforts.
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