Sunday Morning Record

Sunday Morning Record

by The Band of Heathens
     
 

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Four albums in, the Band of Heathens faced an upheaval. Vocalist/guitarist Colin Brooks left the band in 2011 and, not long afterward, so did the rhythm section of bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman, giving co-leaders Ed Jurdi and…  See more details below

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Four albums in, the Band of Heathens faced an upheaval. Vocalist/guitarist Colin Brooks left the band in 2011 and, not long afterward, so did the rhythm section of bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman, giving co-leaders Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist the opportunity to redefine the band somewhat on their 2013 album, Sunday Morning Record, an opportunity that they seize. Often, the phrase "Sunday morning record" suggests something sweet and mellow, but there's an earthiness to this album that flies in the face of the notion of a quiet coffee and croissant. Which isn't to say Sunday Morning Record would sound offensive on the day of rest, because there's a soulfulness to this music that lends itself to contemplative listening, the kind of concentration that comes easier on a Sunday. What gives this album power is its simplicity. That directness can be deceptive -- witness the Beatlesque harmonies of "Since I've Been Home," a trickier melodic act than you might expect from these roots rockers -- but it's also resonant, sounding cozily familiar upon first listen and then gaining strength upon repeats. Occasionally, Jurdi and Quist are reminiscent of a gentler, sweeter, weary Black Crowes, one that doesn't rock so hard, but the Band of Heathens, like the brothers Robinson, place emphasis on both song and sound. As good as they sound -- and they have a skill for blending rock, folk, blues, and country in a way that sounds rustic and fresh -- it's the songs that give Sunday Morning Record its lasting power, and its strength in the wake of so much upheaval speaks to the gifts of Jurdi and Quist as songwriters and frontmen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
Label:
Boh Records
UPC:
0750532049427
catalogNumber:
106
Rank:
15654

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band of Heathens   Primary Artist
George Reiff   Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Joshua Zarbo   Bass
Ed Jurdi   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Gordy Quist   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Nick Jay   Bass
Richard Millsap   Percussion,Drums
Ricky Ray Jackson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Trevor Nealon   Percussion,Keyboards
Ryan Bowman   Electric Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

George Reiff   Producer,Engineer
Ed Jurdi   Composer
Steven Christensen   Producer,Engineer
Gordy Quist   Composer
Andrew Hernandez   Engineer
John Michael Landon   Engineer
Harley "Huck" Stumbaugh   Contributor
Tiffany McLendon   Art Direction

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