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Fully Invested: Band of Heathens, November 4 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-11-02 13:54:11

Band of Heathens

The opening track of the Band of Heathens’ One Foot in the Ether is classic electric alt-country, but a listener unfamiliar with the Texas quintet would be wise to withhold judgment or expectations. “L.A. County Blues” casually segues into soft harmonies recalling the 1970s in “Say,” and then “Shine a Light” digs heavily into soulful, organ-heavy gospel.

That diversity of styles befits a group with three primary songwriters who each play multiple instruments, but it also reflects an understanding of the essential similarities shared by different branches of roots music.

“I’ve never seen blues music or soul music being very far away from country music or bluegrass,” singer/songwriter Ed Jurdi said in a recent phone interview promoting the Band of Heathens’ November 4 performance at the Redstone Room. “The approach is slightly different in terms of who’s singing the song and what they sound like.”

Songwriters Jurdi, Gordy Quist, and Colin Brooks – with bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman – are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their band this month, yet rather than settling on a sound, Band of Heathens has embraced a stylistic sloppiness.


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