Sasquatch! 2012: The Head and the Heart
"I get LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST"Posted by Nikki Benson
The Head and the Heart continue to grow, and they’re taking a gaggle of fans along with them. The Gorge Amphitheater was full of people who were anxious to get their sing-on with the old songs, and pay close attention to the new.
The group started off the set with “Down in the Valley”, a crowd favorite, and it was pretty amazing to hear no less than 10,000 people singing along.
Another highlight was the drum and vocal slow-jam remix to “Cats and Dogs”.
The Head and the Heart also played between 2-3 new songs, true to their soft intro, anthemic, epic sing-along finish form. Charity Thielen commented between songs that the band was determined to play new songs for their first hometown show in a long line of touring. The songs sounded great.
Jonathan Russell is stepping out as the frontman from an ambiguous front-duo (Jonathan and Josiah), although they’re still sharing the lead vocals in some songs (Josiah Johnson’s most popular lead heard in “Rivers and Roads”). Russell is putting his guitar down for a few songs, and showing what a captivating performer he can be stepping out from behind a fixed mic stand. Changes are afoot. Changes!
As expected, a gaggle of the band’s friends came out to sing and jam along for “Lost in My Mind”, including Seattle’s rising star Bryan John Appleby.
The Head and the Heart closed with “Rivers and Roads”, and Charity Thielen gave her “Rivers and roads / rivers and roads / rivers ’til I reach you” solo, a crescendo beating like she never has before; she’s getting more confident singing her heart out.
All and all, the band is growing at the pace they should be for a two-year-old band, but they have a fan base of a successful 10-year band. They put on a fantastic show.