"Shotgun," the latest from Austin, Texas' Band of Heathens, reveals the veterans in a reflective and melodic mood, facing disappointment, finding new ways to move on, and discovering a memorable country-rock hook along the way.
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Bet against the Band of Heathens at your own risk. The Austin supergroup may have enough songwriting, singing and instrumental chops to fuel a dozen different bands, but cohesion and camaraderie remain its aces in the hole.
The crowd at Off Broadway on Halloween night was still sparse, sober and mildly responsive when the opener, the Band of Heathens, started its set. Three dueling lead guitars ripped and twisted through almost every one of the band's songs while the bass and drums set up solid soul grooves. They played it all relaxed, a good band to ease into the rest of the night with.
Deer Tick knew exactly what St. Louis expected when they showed up at Off Broadway on Halloween. Welcomed like local favorites, the band took the stage dressed as the Village People while "Y.M.C.A." played through the house. From there the band cranked up the amps, and rocked through their set as the costumed crowd danced and sang along. John McCauley, and the rest of the boys from Rhode Island, definitely closed out Roctober as only they could.
What do you get when you take three budding singer-songwriters from Austin, Texas and consolidate them into one band? The short answer is simple: Band of Heathens. More specifically though, you end up with an extremely versatile Americana outfit whose musicianship is just as impressive as their lyrics and delivery.