But if you look for the right things, you can turn a situation into something beautiful. Formed a decade ago by Jonathan Russell, Josiah Johnson, and friends, the band took everyone by surprise with their self-titled debut in , mixing a distinctive blend of indie folk, indie rock, and whatever lies in-between those worlds to create an entrancing, beautiful sound that was all their own. Living Mirage — The Head and the Heart. From a commercial perspective, The Head and the Heart are soaring — but the same is true from a personal and sonic standpoint, as well. But this record is so much more than that. Its songs come from some place deep in the soul, where our hopes and insecurities bubble and fester together as one. Jonathan Russell: We kind of wanted to do — well, I guess the things that we learned from doing Signs of Light… Signs of Light was the first time we worked with a producer, and there were a lot of things that we realized were really great about working with a producer. So I feel like we kind of knew more of what we were looking for early on, whereas on Signs of Light , with Josiah leaving in that in that period of time, I think we needed a producer like Jay Joyce — somebody who had enough of an outside vision to take what we were doing, and help us finish it.
His Head, His Heart, and a Fresh Start: An Interview with Josiah Johnson
The shots are of an empty stage, horizontal lights zig-zagging around it — not quite a U2-style spectacle, yet not quite something one would associate with the natural-beauty pop of a band like his. These are heady days for the Head and the Heart. Their gig tonight will serve as a warm-up to a headlining summer tour at larger venues. They lost one member to drug addiction and recovery, another to road burnout, and the band almost collapsed a few days into the early rehearsals and songwriting sessions for Living Mirage. After watching some of their s indie rock peers flounder, the Head and the Heart decided to bear down and become what once might have been unthinkable — a more disciplined pop group. Zasche says no; he lives in a small Northwestern town with only one station, which plays country. During the late s , indie rock turned all woodsy, hirsute and harmony-vocal inclined, and few bands more embodied that shift to communal thrift-store pop than the Head and the Heart. The group began casually, with Russell and transplanted Californian and computer-science major Josiah Johnson meeting at an Irish pub in Seattle and playing together. Other members, including violinist and singer Charity Rose Thielen, joined up, and soon a band had emerged.
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The Head and the Heart is an American indie folk band. They were formed in the summer of by Josiah Johnson vocals, guitar, percussion and Jonathan Russell vocals, guitar, percussion. Records and have released four albums. They released their fourth studio album, Living Mirage , on May 17, The members met and the band was formed through a series of open mic nights at Seattle's Conor Byrne pub in Ballard, Seattle. They met keyboardist Kenny Hensley, who had also moved to Seattle to pursue musical score-writing, and Charity Rose Thielen, who had recently returned from a year studying abroad in Paris at Sciences Po. He was the last to be added to original lineup. Johnson explained how the name of the band was chosen: "Your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this [the band] is what you're supposed to do even if it's crazy.