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Austin, Texas, has so many musicians per square mile that a band could lose its bassist, drummer, and guitarist and still fortify its ranks in time to make an excellent album. At least that’s what singing guitarists Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist did for Sunday Morning Record, The Band of Heathens’ fourth (or seventh) album. There’s absolutely nothing missing from Sunday Morning Record, an album so strong that its closing tune, “Texas,” is as emotionally resonant as the 10 preceding it. Things start with the ruminative “Shotgun,” which recalls Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” with a laid-back feel in perfect alignment with the album’s title. Even when The Band of Heathens pick up the tempo for the country-honk of “Miss My Life,” they do so with an acoustic ease that could be happening in the den. Touches of early-‘70s country-rock flow through the electric piano–possessed “Records in Bed,” while “Since I’ve Been Home” uses the group’s strong harmonies for a beautiful counterpoint to the melody. A deep bench of talent solves all problems.

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The Band of Heathens has evolved its sound on each of its four studio albums, and Sunday Morning Record may be the most apparent departure from the band's debut - but there is still the classic BoH sound to be found on this album, as well as a more mature, worn sound, which is no doubt a result of a difficult few years for the band.

My favorites from the album are as follows: "Shotgun" sounds like it could have come from Gordy Quist's solo album, Here Comes the Flood, and incorporates beautiful harmonies between Quist and Ed Jurdi, as well as effective tempo changes. The chorus in "Caroline Williams" is sure to get stuck in your head after a single listen, and the song is a great slow-jam sound.

"Miss My Life" is a change of pace from the first two songs—a faster tempo, well-written lyrics, and kind of a gypsy rock sound, it reminds me of the Belleville Outfit somewhat. "Since I've Been Home" is a gorgeous acoustic ballad with introspective lyrics, another classic Gordy Quist song. "Shake the Foundation" could have come off of any Band of Heathens album—a rootsy rock song with a powerful, distorted chorus. "Had it All" is another beautiful ballad, with piano/keyboard taking the forefront musically and haunting harmonies in the chorus. Finally, "Texas" is a slow-building ballad that takes off around the 3:14 marker, quiets down again, before building up again to its finish. I could imagine this song appearing on One Foot in the Ether.

This album offers is a more mature, introspective, and polished assortment of songs. Gordy Quist is one of my favorite songwriters out there, and these songs fully deliver both musically and lyrically. Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster's Son has been my favorite BoH album, with its focus on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast; and the band's debut and One Foot in the Ether each offer a closer sound to the live shows that put BoH on the map. Sunday Morning Record is like sitting in on a private songwriting exhibition with the band, as they work through a changing cast of members and changing life circumstances. The album is aptly named, and I can imagine listening to this on a relaxing Sunday or on a peaceful drive through the countryside. It's a peaceful and artful addition to the BoH's discography. This is a talented group of songwriters, musicians, and singers, and Sunday Morning Record is an impressive effort that is worth multiple listens.

Love the New Sound

Only heard the song samples on iTunes and "Shake The Foundation" on radio, but this records sounds amazing… well done lads!

are they gone?

I miss their old sound


Formed: Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in Austin, Texas, the Band of Heathens became a band totally by accident. Songwriters Colin Brooks, Gordy Quist, and Ed Jurdi were all doing regular sets at Momo's in Austin when they began sitting in with each other, eventually making the whole thing one big show that they called the Good Time Supper Club, which was essentially three singer/songwriters in the round backed by a solid rhythm section of John Chipman on drums and Seth Whitney on bass. What started out as a spontaneous side project...
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