Having just returned the day before from their first tour of Europe, Seattle band The Head and the Heart celebrated their album release on Record Store Day with two full 10-song sets free to fans at Sonic Boom and Easy Street Record. Fans lined up and filled both locations to capacity, eager to see our city’s fastest rising stars. It’s only been two years since Jonathan Russell, Josiah Johnson, Kenny Hensley, Charity Rose Thielen, Chris Zasche, and Tyler Williams formed the band after meeting up during local pub Conor Byrne’s open mic nights, and they’ve since been signed to Sub Pop and have appeared recently on Conan.
But the band’s recent success didn’t come easy — during that time, they performed frequently around town, brought early copies of their self-released CDs themselves to records stores, and built a large base of fans the old fashioned way, by putting on great live shows. This weekend, The Head and the Heart are playing two completely sold out shows. The first one, at Showbox at the Market sold out so fast (in less than 20 minutes), that a second show at the Moore Theater was added, which also sold out immediately.
Fortunately for you, though, KEXP had the opportunity to follow the band on Record Store Day and capture just a glimmer of what makes them shine so brightly. Check out the video here and look for more of their performances coming soon!