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by Chayim on March 25, 2012

Tour Report:

Yet again, had the pleasure of going on the road with The Head and The Heart for a run of shows last week. And yet again, we came home being blown away by what this band is doing. Some exciting new additions this tour, most notably, the debuts of five new songs (hopefully from the forthcoming second album, which is currently in the works). We’re also digging the new stage setup (Chinese lanterns, hanging lights, and potted trees) and the rearranged positioning – Josiah and Charity having swapped places on stage.

It’s amazing to watch the band play to larger and larger crowds (3,500 people in a sold-out Terminal5 in NYC was the band’s largest-ever headlining show to date), people singing along to every word of every song from the band’s first album, cheering boisterously every time Charity sings a note, and listening silently and respectfully during the quiet ones like Winter Song or Ever Since. At all three shows we attended this past week, the crowd response was overwhelming. Personally, I feel like what was once my great secret is no longer secret. THATH are here to stay, and the world of music fans knows it.

3/18/2012 Terminal 5, NYC

What a night. Happens to be, due to a minor crisis, we ended up listening to much of the show from outside the venue. But for what we did see, the crowd was eating it up. The band has slightly adapted their stage presence to suit the larger venues, while somehow still managing to retain that warm, inviting, down-to-earth feel that makes them so beloved. Loved to hear everyone singing along “don’t know where they are, don’t know where they are…” and barking/meowing with Jon and Charity in Cats & Dogs. Loved the raucous applause for Charity during Winter Song. Highlight was for sure Gone. The full-band version of this song has become a monster. A sure hit single for the second album. One night in NYC was not enough. I have a feeling they’ll be back sooner than we expect…

Setlist: Cats & Dogs, Couer d’Alene, Ghosts, These Friends of Mine (new), Honey Come Home, Heaven Go Easy, A Long Time Away (new), Josh McBride, Lost in My Mind, Winter Song, When I Fall Asleep, Sounds Like Hallelujah, Stay Out (new), Rivers & Roads.
Encore: Chasing a Ghost, Gone, Down in the Valley.


3/20/2012 Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore MD
We want to take a moment here to give an extra special shout-out to the Portland-based opening act Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives. If you haven’t checked ‘em out yet, you totally want to. We suggest starting here:

They bring serious stage energy with lush harmonies, meaningful lyrics and a wall-of-sound intensity. And they’re an awesome, down-to-earth bunch of people. Pretty clear why THATH invited them along.

After a great abbreviated opening set (due to some unforeseen car problems), THATH took the stage in front of another sold-out crowd. About half the size of the previous show’s venue, but packed to the gills. With some technical difficulties happening on stage, the band was forced to play through their first two songs with no sound coming out of Chris’s bass amp. But ever the consummate professionals, THATH played through it so smoothly that we can’t imagine very many people even noticed. Kudos to their sound engineers Alicia and Alejandro for some speedy and creative on-the-fly troubleshooting.

Here are our thoughts on the new songs. According to Josiah, all the songs are works-in-progress, being refined and developed as the tour goes along, and it’s a treat for the fans to watch the process unfolding. These Friends of Mine has a great strong outro. On A Long Time Away, the heavy Beatles influence on Kenny’s writing is evident in the chords and bluesy melody. Right after the song, Josiah toasted the rowdy Baltimore crowd with a big shot of whiskey (at least that’s what it looked like). Stay Out has, at its end, the first expended music break in a THATH song. Reminiscent of DCFC’s Transatlantacism, the space with no vocals is the perfect complement to the band’s usual lush vocal arrangements.

Highlights were Jon and Josiah sporting funky sunglasses and mugging around onstage during Winter Song and the epic crescendo of Gone in the encore. Check that one out here:

Also, who knew Charity loved Cal Ripken Jr?! We found out when she shared that with the crowd prior to the closer Down in the Valley, to which 1,800 strong sang along every word. First THATH Baltimore show ever = a rousing success.

Setlist: Cats & Dogs, Couer d’Alene, Ghosts, These Friends of Mine (new), Honey Come Home, Heaven Go Easy, A Long Time Away (new), Josh McBride, Lost in My Mind, Winter Song, When I Fall Asleep, Sounds Like Hallelujah, Stay Out (new), Rivers & Roads.
Encore: Chasing a Ghost, Gone, Down in the Valley.


3/21/2012 The National, Richmond VA
A homecoming of sorts for THATH. We were expecting a huge show, given that Tyler and Jon are from the Richmond area. And the band did not disappoint. The show was electric from the first moment to the last. Easily the best we’ve ever seen the band play. At one point mid-set, one could see Josiah mouthing to Kenny “wow, that was awesome!!” between songs. With a large entourage of family and friends in attendance, Jon and tyler really went all out, and the band followed suit. Every song was played with a little added enthusiasm, and each was followed by roaring applause and cheers from the crowd.

Highlights included: Charity wailin’ “I’ve got the money…” on the outro of These Friends of Mine and the crowd going wild. The strongest, craziest version of LIMM we’ve ever seen, with about 20 guests on stage from both opening acts as well as misc crew members and friends in a full-out dance party. Jon playing “Virginia” solo in the encore. Beautiful falsetto vocals and crisp guitar as he nailed every note perfectly in front of his hometown crowd, leaving them with the message “I didn’t know I loved Virginia until I moved away from it. It’s good to be back.” Tyler’s thunderous drumming on Rivers and Roads and Gone. If this is the last THATH show we ever see, it’d be note we’d want to end on. Just wow.

Setlist: Cats & Dogs, Couer d’Alene, Ghosts, These Friends of Mine (new), Honey Come Home, Heaven Go Easy, When I Fall Asleep, Josh McBride, Lost in My Mind, Winter Song, A Long Time Away (new), Sounds Like Hallelujah, Stay Out (new), Rivers & Roads.
Encore: Virginia, Gone, Down in the Valley.


Thanks again to the band and their management for inviting us along for the ride. And thank you to the fans and supporters of THATH and for being so amazing. A remarkable band is reflected in its remarkable fanbase. Love to all. See you on the next tour.


(Pictures below were taken with a Blackberry, apologies in advance for the quality.)

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JL March 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I was at the T5 show on 03/18 and The Head and The Heart blew my mind. Random but burning question that’s been killing me, though: what is the name of their pre-show song, the one that plays right before they take the stage? I’ve heard it everywhere but I can’t put a name to it. If anyone has a clue, I’d be forever grateful…


CN March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

Does anyone have or know of any recording of “Down in the Valley” from the Richmond show?


LC March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

I was also wondering what the pre show song was (@ least for STL). It has been driving me crazy!


Daniel March 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

Was this the song by chance?


CN March 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

@ Daniel- that was the intro song in Richmond


LC March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

That was what they played when they came on stage but I believe they played another song in its entirety before they came on…do you by chance remember what that one was?


JL March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Was it by any chance a song with little or no lyrics that almost had an MGMT-like feel? That’s the one that played right before they came on in NY, but I’m not sure if they switch that up each night…


LC March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

YES! Do you know what that was?


JL March 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Just figured it out! “Midnight City” by M83


JL March 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

And by “just figured it out” I mean The Head and the Heart answered it on their Facebook page.


Daniel March 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Awesome work!


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