It wasn’t that long ago that the members of Seattle’s The Head and the
Heart were getting acquainted with another at the local pub Conor Byrne,
strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet and singing in
harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of customers. That
unbridled energy informed their earliest original material, which was
honed in local performances before eventually being captured on the
band’s 2011 debut album for hometown label Sub Pop.
Then, something unexpected happened. That music began to reach audiences all over the United States and the rest of the world, and The Head and the Heart went from playing open mic nights to selling out headlining shows in prestigious venues. The album became one of Sub Pop’s best-selling debut releases in years. And slowly but surely, ideas began to form for the band’s second album, imbued with the experiences of traveling the world and cultivating a listenership with a deep connection to the music.