Through highs and lows, The Band of Heathens has maintained a tightly knit community of dedicated fans, mostly thanks to their no-frills take on Americana rock.
But for many fans, the band’s latest release Sunday Morning Record will be about changes. In 2011 founding member Colin Brooks left the band, and shortly after bassist Seth Whitney and longtime drummer John Chapman followed. So naturally, Sunday Morning Record chronicles a period of dynamic change within the group, new lineups and new sceneries are just a few of the events that sparked the flames of inspiration.
“We set out to make a record that chronicled the journey of the band through a really difficult and uncertain time,” Ed Jurdi claims. “In the midst of all of this, Gordy and I were writing songs, starting families, moving families and trying to find a thread to hold onto with our music.”
While the group found their footing in gritty rock n’ roll, they’ve grown to find comfort in the softer sounds. Sunday Morning Record is “on the quieter side” according to Jurdi.
“It seems like it’s gotten harder and harder for people to turn off the constant stream of information and distractions and just lose themselves in art for a little while,” Gordy Quist states. “Now we’re connected to everything in the world at all times, and maybe that makes our lives richer in some ways. But I think that there’s also a richness that we miss out on, of just being present in the now and experiencing the world directly. I hope this album moves people to turn off the noise of life for a morning to connect with themselves and with some friends through our music.”
Sunday Morning Record, their fourth studio album, is set for a Sept. 17 release on the band’s BOHRecords label. Take a listen to the first single, “Miss My Life,” below.[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/100544496″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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