With “tremendously gritty vocals and scything guitars” (Maverick Magazine), Austin’s own The Band of Heathens have created their own style of Americana music that is bringing them praise from across the nation. These purveyors of smart southern/country rock make their Austin City Limits debut tonight.
The band began to form in 2006, when the three principle songwriters, Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, were sharing the bill every Wednesday night at Austin’s Momo’s club. Originally, it started as each songwriter performing his own set. But in a short time they started sharing the stage equally and collaborating on each other’s songs. The Wednesday night series was originally billed as “The Good Time Supper Club” but a newspaper misprint credited them as “the heathens” and the name stuck. Largely improvised and unrehearsed, the shows quickly gained in popularity. “We thought of it as a side project for a long time,” Quist said. “Eventually, it got to a point where the chemistry was undeniable.”
The Band Of Heathens’ first CD and DVD releases were live recordings that captured the media’s attention. “Not many acts can pull off having three frontmen and three songwriters, but each band member’s talent and style meld together seamlessly,” wrote Lone Star Music Magazine.
In 2008, the band released their first studio recording. The self-titled CD is a “real treat to country rock and roots rock connoisseurs with its blend of rich vocals, ballad and upbeat sides, and rootsy rhythms propelled by good musicians” (Jupiter Index). Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote with equal parts southern rock, ‘50’s R&B, and Louisiana swamp-rock with a punkish swagger, they conjure a post-modern roots rock.”