When: Sun., June 29 2014
rock, 8:30 p.m.
The Band of Heathens grew out of a songwriter’s night at a popular Austin club, Momo’s. They evolved into a full-fledged band in 2006 led by three Momo’s regulars — Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist — who decided to join forces after releasing solo albums. The quintet’s timing couldn’t have been better. Their blend of folk, country, root-soul, and ’70s rock helped 2008’s eponymous studio debut top the Americana charts. Two more studio albums followed over the next three years, each performing well, though never quite crossing over more broadly. In November 2011, eight months after the release of their third studio disc, Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, Brooks announced his departure. The longtime rhythm section left a year later, and Jurdi and Quist used the opportunity to renovate the band. The roots-rock elements get downplayed on last year’s Sunday Morning Recital. While the album isn’t as slumbering as the title suggests, it does pursue a gentle, early ’70s Laurel Canyon pop-rock style that blends the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jim Croce, and Big Star. The record is powered by particularly strong melodies and a warm, lived-in vibe. However, the song “One More Trip” does hint at a certain exhaustion and dissolution beneath the pleasant surface. —Chris Parker SUNDAY