The Head and the Heart Play Infectious Folk in Philly

The Head and the Heart concert review

Photo Credit: Erika Reinsel

If you have had your ear focused on music’s trends, you’ve surely felt the vibrations of The Head and the Heart by now. The folk outfit has been making waves lately, promising to be the next act to rise from the recently fruitful genre. While I haven’t been an avid listener of their music, I was excited to check them out and see what all the buzz was about. Join me, as they take the stage at Union Transfer.

The Head and the Heart at Union Transfer

I arrived at the venue shortly before the doors opened, and the crowd was wrapped around the building. The crowd was a mix of young and old, but I was surprised at the amount of teenagers, as I don’t normally associate the teenage crowd with folk listeners.

Once inside, the venue quickly became crammed tight, and all I could hear was excited chatter and wish-lists of songs fans wanted to hear. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a show with fans so eager to see a band play, especially for this genre of music.

The Head and the Heart

Photo Credit: Erika Reinsel

The Head and The Heart currently tour in support of their sophomore album, Let’s Be Still. The six-piece ensemble howled through the night with immaculate vocals, connecting perfectly with the fans that deliberately sang along to every word. Their set opened with their latest single “Shake.”

The energy of the band fully resonated into the sold-out crowd, and you couldn’t help but stomp your feet and clap along. Their set included a majority of songs off Let’s Be Still, including “10,000 Weight in Gold,” “Cruel,” and “Homecoming Heroes.” Front-men Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson not only had the girls swooning, but also perfectly delivered leading vocals and heavy guitar riffs. The chemistry between them was mesmerizing, looking like two best buds jamming out and having fun.

The Head and The Heart’s music is completely rhythm-driven, and it is flawlessly accompanied with percussion and piano. Violinist and backing vocalist, Charity Rose, is the kind of person you can’t help but like. She gently swayed along to the music and seemed genuinely happy to be playing; it was heart-felt and you couldn’t help but smile watching her.

Even though the band just released their latest record last month, they balanced old material throughout the set, playing such seasoned songs as “Ghosts” and “Honey Come Home.”

Friday night was full of beautiful harmonies and toe-tapping melodies from the indie-folk rockers. It’s no surprise The Head and The Heart were in the midst of playing two sold-out shows in Philadelphia; their music is purely addictive.

The Head and the Heart Union Transfer Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Erika Reinsel

Article by Erika Reinsel

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