The Band of Heathens

One Foot in the Ether (BOH)

Texas Platters

The Band of Heathens

One Foot in the Ether (BOH)

Following fast on last year's eponymous studio debut, the Band of Heathens' sophomore effort asserts the local quintet as coherently evolved, the distinct songwriting styles of Gordy Quist, Colin Brooks, and Ed Jurdi melding into a singular sound. "L.A. County Blues" rolls open with an "illegal smile," a low-down ballad echoed in "What's This World." Electric guitars add calculated force, especially in the warped rodeo blues of "Golden Calf," the group's most expansive reach yet, while a Little Feet affinity slinks behind the organ of "Shine a Light," "You're Gonna Miss Me," and the scratched-out grit of "Somebody Tell the Truth." One Foot in the Ether proves the Band of Heathens more comfortable in its harmonies, subtle ("Hey Rider," "Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled") but usually complementarily rough, as with the cathartically soulful slant served Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio." Looseness prevails, but the Band of Heathens pushes its sound forward together.

***

READ MORE
More The Band of Heathens
Medicine Men
Medicine Men
The Band of Heathens' collective mojo

Doug Freeman, May 6, 2011

SXSW Records
The Band of Heathens
Top Hat & the Clapmaster's Son (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, March 18, 2011

More Music Reviews
SXSW Wednesday Record Reviews
Pegi Young & the Survivors
Raw (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, March 17, 2017

SXSW Wednesday Record Reviews
Sohn
Rennen (Record Review)

Kahron Spearman, March 17, 2017

More by Doug Freeman
SXSW Music Live: Garth Brooks
SXSW Music Live: Garth Brooks
Stage antics get winded but not his bestselling catalog

March 19, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Conqueroo Day Party
SXSW Music Live: Conqueroo Day Party
ATX hootenanny sends beloved PR maven out with a bang

March 19, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

The Band of Heathens

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)