It’s been a hell of a ride for Seattle band The Head and the Heart. In the past two years, they’ve gone from playing Ballard open mic nights to big theaters and festivals around the world. In fact, just before their sold-out show at the Paramount Theatre earlier this month, they were schmoozing it up with Conan! We’ve been fortunate to be a part of the band’s astronomical growth and hang out with them in places like Austin and Sasquatch, but it felt so much like a homecoming when they returned to the KEXP studio to play live on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters. “It’s a nice full circle,” Josiah Johnson (guitar and vocals) observed during the interview, explaining how the band was about to “put a cap on the crazy couple of years that it’s been” and hole up in the studio at the start of next year, to which Jonathan Russell (guitar and vocals) added, “It seems like a band I’ve read about, it doesn’t seem like this band.” And true enough, the last time The Head and the Heart were in our studio, they had been together for only three months! They now possess a level of maturity and levelheadedness that many bands take decades to achieve. So now that they’re back home, and the band is about to begin a new cycle of songwriting and recording, the “heart” of The Head and The Heart — Jonathan, Josiah and Charity — decided to share three unrecorded songs (one as yet untitled) during this special acoustic session, plus a heart-rending version of “Honey Come Home” from their self-titled Sub Pop debut. Check out the videos here:
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