New Music

The Head are still happening

Atlanta trio The Head have released three EPs over the past few months. What Happened to Us? (Volumes 1-3) have recently dropped and are worthy of your time. The bandthe head vol. 1 has been around for a spell, releasing their excellent debut Puckered in 2009. Since then, they’ve recorded and released two more full-lengths, Hang On (2011) and Space (2017), along with a handful of EPs. Brothers Mike (vocals, bass) and Jack Shaw (drums) are joined by Jacob Morrell on guitar. The three have been friends for years and that chemistry is evident in the studio as well as on stage.

Vol. 1 launches with “Oceans,” a mid-tempo tune in a style the band has come to master. These guys have matured in the past decade as is reflected in their songwriting and musical skill. The second volume gets started with “Fionnbarr’s Theme,” a spacious instrumental with a dash of murmuring under the music, eerily reminiscent of R.E.M.’s “Belong” off 1991’s Out of Time. “Cait” is one of the most accessible new tunes, with echoes of some edgy U2ish guitar. “Haunt Me” is a fetching power pop single destined to be a remarkable live experience very soon, fans hope. “Baby don’t kill me / Baby don’t haunt me,” indeed.

The third installment leads off with the gratifying “Young n Hot,” hinting that familiar Ocean Blue guitar sound. The tune could likely become a hit (whatever that means) with a little radio airplay (whatever that is). In this new digital age, artists are almost wholly reliant on streaming services and electronic sales when not touring. And at this moment in history, no one is touring. 

Keep up with The Head on their website and Facebook page. Listen and buy The Head’s music on their Bandcamp page. If you missed the free first Friday offering on Bandcamp, you will be in luck on June 5 and July 3, giving artists the most bang for the buck when the company again waives its revenue share with artists. The May 1 offering saw fans pay artists $7.1 million in just 24 hours. You know what to do!

By the way, for you musicians out there, Jack has recently opened Goodmood, a boutique booking agency which “champions artists we believe in by supporting their booking needs, connecting them to bands and venues, and growing the community of fans around them.” While the world awaits the return of live music, be sure you are well represented!

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