Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #530 - Heart & Soul Radio

In the mid-to-late 2000s, when SCHUYLER ANKELE (vocals/bass), JIMMY BLAIR (drums/vocals) and BRIAN JOHANNSEN (guitar/vocals) were tearing things up in their native Denver in their previous incarnation as part of a popular punk band, they had the privilege of touring with New Jersey pop/punkers BOUNCING SOULS. That group's lead singer gave their fellow indie rockers some simple but timeless advice: "Don't be so obsessed with the end game, enjoy the journey, not the goal." What started out as clever lyrics to pay tribute to Bouncing has transformed into the motto of the new alt rock power trio the three formed from the ashes of their old band in 2009. Truly embodying the DIY Spirit, HEART & SOUL RADIO does everything themselves - from producing and recording to building their own web page, doing their own photography with a timer, photoshopping and shooting and editing their videos. The dynamic clip they created for AINT NO LIFE LIKE THE LOW LIFE was shot with a single camera, a tripod and no cameraman - and then edited by the band. THIEVES is filled with single after single (12 tracks) of catchy, powerful, well thought out, vocal harmony laden rock tunes that blend inward looking serious themes (what JOHANNSEN calls "our own version of therapy") with clever lyrics and crafty titles. These include THE WALKING DEAD (NOT THE AWARD WINNING TV SERIES) - about those who live their life without passion - ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, FU GUYS, I LOVE YOU, STARVED BY STARLIGHT and I SLEPT WITH JUSTIN BIEBER AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID SONG - written defiantly after a radio station told them they needed more sonic effects to be commercially viable. The subtitle of the track the album title derives from, THIEVES OF THE NIGHT (TRUE SCARS) refers to all the negative things and struggles indie bands like theirs have to put up with as they work towards their goals.

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