Folks around these parts are pretty excited about tomorrow's show at the Wilma featuring The Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper and Bryan John Appleby. For one, it's a great lineup. Second, it's sold out, meaning the atmosphere should be special. Lastly — and stop us if you've heard this before — tonight's show is presented by the Indy as part of the paper's 21st anniversary celebration, so pardon us if we have a little extra excitement.
To help spread that excitement to everyone attending, check out the recent feature story in Seattle Weekly about tomorrow night's headliner. "The Headliners and the Heart" details the folk sextet's newfound success through hard work and the help of its record label, Sub Pop. Here's how the story opens:
Halfway through the second song of The Head and the Heart's set at The Cedar in Minneapolis, Jonathan Russell smashed his Martin guitar to pieces and walked offstage into a crowd of blood-stained half-humans.
It was Zombie pub-crawl night, and Russell, the band's co-frontman, spent the rest of the evening being cussed at by people in zombie suits because he wasn't in uniform.
"I was convinced I was going to fly home," Russell says, "[thinking] 'I don't give a shit. This is no longer the idea that I thought this was going to be. I'm over it.' "
It was October 2011, more than a year into the promotion of the band's self-titled debut, and The Head and the Heart was working harder than Scott Perlewitz, Sub Pop Records' head of commercial radio, had ever seen a band work.