With The Head and the Heart’s single ‘All We Ever Knew’ already topping the alternative charts and a tour that’s selling out dates before their upcoming album ‘Signs of Light’ is even out, it’s safe to say that the Seattle-based indie folk band is back in business. HollywoodLife.com spoke to keyboardist Kenny Hensley, who was happy to reveal what influenced the record both sonically and and design-wise, not to mention what the hell everyone got up to over the band’s 3-year break.
Kenny Hensley is eager to get back on tour after three years off, and luckily, his five fellow bandmates feel the same. “We’re all super excited to get going again,” he tells me. “It feels really good to get this response, especially before the record’s come out. We have a couple songs out, but we all feel super confident and the fact that shows are selling out feels great.”
Though Signs of Light isn’t due until Sept. 9, “All We Ever Knew”, and “Colors” and “Library Magic” have been released already. These lush, perfectly harmonized tracks are best digested poolside, or while driving through a mountainous town with the top down.
Take a listen to my favorite, below:
Over the break, the band mostly went their separate ways, and Kenny headed to China with a friend to learn Kung fu. What?
“That was one thing a friend and I in high school talked about — how fun it would be to go and have our a**es kicked,” he laughs. “We never had the time to do it. All of a sudden, I was given a chunk of time. We went out for a month and did that. It was pretty intense.”
That passion was translated into this sweet, upbeat album, which doesn’t contain even an ounce of anger. “Colors”, a happy-sad — but not sappy — ballad about a faded love, features Charity Rose Thielen‘s sultry, often-missed vocals, and “City of Angels” is a bona fide indie pop banger with a confident sentiment (“I know just where my heart should be”) — and yes, there is such a thing. In short, it’s the ideal end-of-summer soundtrack.
You can’t help but hear a bit of Simon and Garfunkel and what could even be The Shins on Signs of Light, but Kenny says it’s hard to credit any particular artist. “That’s one great thing about having six members. We all have similar influences, so it works, but we’re always looking at different things,” he says. “[Bassist Chris Zasche] got into The Eagles over the hiatus. That ended up playing a huge part in the design, if not the sound. Or artwork on the album, we wanted that ‘70s, Eagles, California vibe.”
You can preorder Signs of Light here, and be sure to check these guys out on tour!