The Head, Sister City, Sublaymen, Dwight Remington
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
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The Head are nothing short of a storm.
The Atlanta-based trio churn out addictive hooks backed by shrill guitars, a galloping rhythm section and a gut-punching voice that'd leave any post-punk fan happier than a pig in shit.
"The bands we listen to always push us to experiment with our sound," explains drummer Jack. "Bands like Echo & the Bunnymen, The Velvet Underground and The Shangri-Las."
Praised by Blurt Magazine as "Atlanta's youngest rock & roll veterans," The Head have been making music together since 2007 when all three members—guitarist Jacob Morrell and twin-brother rhythm section Jack and Mike Shaw—were just 15 years old. They've already logged two LPs, two EPs and a 7 inch, earning praise from SPIN Magazine and college radio.
The band has shared bills along the way with everyone from Shovels & Rope and Those Darlins to Cracker and Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, while also working with producers Mitch Easter (REM, Pavement) and Jody Stephens (Big Star).
In the fall of 2014, The Head abandoned their old way of recording in professional studios to self-produce their next project in Jacob's basement. They cut each song almost entirely live surrounded by pillows and blankets to soundproof the room. Vocals were recorded in the basement's stairwell.
"The process was a lot more relaxing," says lead vocalist and bassist Mike. "We allowed mistakes to happen, which kept the tracks as natural and raw as possible."
The Head plan to release their self-produced songs as a series of five singles (with accompanying music videos) in the spring of 2015. The first four of the series will be released online, while the last will be released and compiled with the other four on a vinyl EP.
The collection of songs is laced with switchblade-sounding guitars and a bullet-thumping backbeat that drive Mike's deep howl to the forefront.
"It sounds darker and nastier than anything we've done before," explains Jacob. "I use really saturated guitar tones and Mike sings in a much deeper vocal range."
"It Ain't Easy," the first of the singles to drop on May 5, was mixed by Tanner Hendon and Wyatt Oates at Madison Studios and mastered by Alex Lowe at Red Tuxedo Mastering—both studios in Atlanta, GA.
The song not only showcases The Head's darker approach sonically, but lyrically, as well. The lyrics paint a portrait of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza and his relationship with his father.
"The lyrics were inspired by a New Yorker article written by Andrew Solomon," says Jack. "Solomon interviewed the shooter's father, and it was just really sad and heartbreaking to read."
While the Head's new singles no doubt stray away from the shimmery love songs of previous releases like "Girls of the Yukon" (2013) and "Hang On" (2011), they still possess an energy that can only be produced by youth.
Upon the release of the singles, The Head will embark on their first tour of 2015 toward the end of June with cronies Jonas Sees In Color from Greensboro, NC. "The first leg is up and down the East Coast," explains Mike. "From here on out, it'll be nothing but extensive touring for us."
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