Confession: The Head and the Heart (Literally) Gave Us Chills

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

The Head and the Heart
With Lost in the Trees
Fillmore Miami Beach
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Better Than: Worrying all night about whether we should've worn our Lil Bub tee.

The whole folkie Americana indie fad of the moment (e.g. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) has gotten a lot of shit from the cool-as-fuck cynics and music critics.

You know, 'cause pretty tunes made with guitars, drums, pianos, fiddles, tambourines, and maracas are just too unironically quaint to be relevant in any way to our Internet-driven, meme-addled, molly-popping, furniture-twerking, perpetually LOLing 21st-century existences.

Ostensibly, the Head and the Heart can be counted among those folkie Americana indie types. But screw our social media rankings ... A confession: The Seattle sextet (literally) gave us chills at the Fillmore Miami Beach last night.

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

The evening began quite sweetly (though unabsorbingly) with openers Lost in the Trees, who bashfully introduced themselves as "a band from North Carolina" doing "our very first night with the Head and the Heart on this stretch of the tour."

They played a half hour's worth of ethereal indie ballads, blissed-out rock jams, and cinematic emotional soundscapes. They were nice, friendly, and maybe a tad nervous.

So yeah, they seemed like "a band from North Carolina" doing their "very first night with the Head and the Heart on this stretch of the tour."

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

H&H, though, were the total opposite of underwhelming.

As an outfit that rocks so softly on record, it wouldn't have been surprising for the six-piece to twee its way through the 15-song setlist. (Especially since the Miami crowd was so modestly sized; approximately a third of the Fillmore's maximum capacity.)

But it turns out that the Head and the Heart just might be the hardest-rocking folkie Americana indie crew alive.

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Without sacrificing any of their songs' nuance or intimacy, singers Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and Charity Rose Thielen sang as loudly as their vocal chords would allow. There was also much swapping of instruments, trading of smiles, tambourine freakouts, whirling dances, and full-throated, off-mic drummer sing-alongs.

Basically, H&H exuded an extra-enthusiastic freewheeling vibe that might've induced giggles in the average OMFGICBTFHHAHA (Oh, my fucking god, I can't believe these fucking hippies, haha) sort of asshole. Like that bored bro who got dragged to last night's show by his girlfriend and mockingly cooed, "Oooh, oooh, oooooooooohhhh."

But you know what ... Fuck that dude.

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Location Info


The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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