The Band Heathens – “Sunday Morning Record”
Joining such lauded contemporaries as the Deadstring Brothers and Dawes in carrying the banner of rocking Americana is the Austin-based Band of Heathens, still a tragically overlooked group.
Maybe with its fourth studio album, the band will receive the recognition it deserves.
The group is blessed with two distinct singers and songwriters in Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. They each add their own personalities, tones and points of view to their original songs, a la the Band or Buffalo Springfield.
And like those bands, along with Gram Parsons and early Poco, The Band of Heathens creates a unique roots-based sound that brims with rustic rock, country, gospel and folk touches. But on this latest, the band slightly refines its sound and songs to add a jumpy Little Feat punch and the occasional pop refrains and melodies.
“Sunday Morning Record” is a recording that fans will play throughout the week, as it dances and sways to a spirited rock ’n’ roll heavily immersed in American roots influences.
– Eric Feber, The Pilot