#10 on the 2010 Musical Bacon Calendar
The Head and the Heart by The Head and the Heart
The Top 10! And we’re starting it out with the hottest new band out of Seattle this year: The Head and the Heart. I’ve seen them twice this year, but only once had the pleasure to write about them for Another Rainy Saturday:
The band has been on a meteoric rise over the past few months, and are slated to open for Dave Matthews at a few shows in December. Even though they’re still unsigned, it’s a fairly safe bet to say this band of merry indie rockers is going places.
They led us through nearly everything from their eponymous debut album, with half the crowd singing happily along to each and every song, and the other half wishing they knew the words. It’s impressive how far this band has come in such a short time, and when you listen to their album it’s quite easy to determine how they’ve done it: immediately catchy tunes, produced to a level that appeals to the widest audience possible. It’s quite difficult to find fault in any of their songs, and the same goes for their live show.
The band’s debut album is so good, I’m a bit worried about burning out on it. All the tunes are catchy, but I’ve been through this enough times to know that new bands with albums that have this many hooks in it can flame out as quickly as they come onto the scene. I’m anxious to see what they do next, now that they’ve just signed on with Sub Pop. You may recall another local Seattle favorite that rose quickly, signed to sub pop, and then reached #1 at P4k in 2008. If the Head and the Heart can keep the great songs coming, then they’ll be huge in no time.
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12. Treats by Sleigh Bells
13. Write About Love by Belle & Sebastian
14. Wild Smile by Suckers
15. Learning by Perfume Genius
16. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene
17. Expo 86 by Wolf Parade
18. One Life Stand by Hot Chip
19. Big Echo by The Morning Benders
20. Here’s To Taking It Easy by Phosphorescent
21. This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
22. The Mistress by Yellow Ostrich
23. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter
24. Been Listening by Johnny Flynn
25. The Wild Hunt by The Tallest Man on Earth
26. Lisbon by The Walkmen
27. Scratch My Back by Peter Gabriel
28. All Day by Girl Talk
29. A Storm – A Tree – My Mother’s Head by Bobby Bare Jr.
30. 03 to TEN by Knathan Ryan
31. In This Light On This Evening by Editors