The Head and The Heart at The Bouquet

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  • Dylan Priest

Sunday nights can sometimes surprise you.

After stopping by the ACLU’s screening of the documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edges of Free Speech at The Flicks, I followed a few pals blindly to a show at The Bouquet. Having never heard of the band that was playing—The Head and The Heart—and having not stepped foot in The Bouquet in months, my expectations were minimal.

Hot damn. They killed it. The Seattle-based sextet play ridiculously catchy folk pop with multi-layered harmonies, maracas, tambourines, violins and piano woven in. After a few songs, the entire crowd erupted into a boot-stomping dance party—arms flailing and beer sloshing across the dance floor.

At other times throughout the set, the band brought it down a few notches. In the song “Down in the Valley,” the lyrics took a mournful turn: “I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade / Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways.”

Though they were only the opening act—Salt Lake City’s The Devil Whale and Boise’s Matt Hopper also performed—the audience demanded an encore. All of the members of The Head and The Heart—possibly the most attractive band I’ve ever seen—stuck around for the rest of the show, chatting with the crowd and tearing up the dance floor.

After perusing the group’s Myspace page today, it’s obvious I’m not the only one enamored with the band. The Head and The Heart has two upcoming shows with indie royalty Vampire Weekend and embarks on a fall Westcoast tour with Fences on Friday, Sept. 24.

Check out a video from last night of the band performing “Sounds Like Hallelujah” off their new self-titled album.