I got a tip recently from my music friend Henry French, who told me about a new Americana band called The Dead Hearts that he'll be playing with in September at Birdy's. We mentioned them on NUVO.net a few days ago, and I recently tracked down the band's lead singer, Brandon Perry, to find out more.
NUVO: And you guys are all Hoosiers?
Perry: We're all from Indiana. I just moved to Chicago a month ago, but Indianapolis is home to the band.
NUVO: I love the warm sound you got on the EP. Talk about that.
Perry: We recorded at this really vibe-y, little place in Noblesville called scientia studios. It's small, but has everything we could have needed and more. It's owned and operated by a guy named Alex Kercheval. He's very smart, has a good ear, and helped us to get what we wanted out of the session. The whole thing happened in about a day and a half. We went in on a Saturday morning and stayed for around 15 hours. We came back one night the following week to finish vocals and percussion. The process was a whirlwind. We're happy with the result.
NUVO: Any shows yet besides Birdy's?
Perry: There should be a few more shows announced soon, but at Birdy's on September 10, we're playing with Henry French and the Shameless, Ernie Halter (from LA), and The Bright White (from Chicago).
NUVO: Things have started to fall in place; good EP, guys that get along. What's next?
Perry: We want to have a lot of fun. We've got some new songs that we'd like to record and maybe put together a full-length release, but we really just want to get out, meet people and play. I also really want to nail down the sound of the band. The EP fits together well, but some of the newer stuff sounds very different.
NUVO: What are you learning?
Perry: As fun and liberating as it is playing with this band, it's very tough. I'm definitely not comparing us to them, but bands like Henry French and the Shameless, Stereo Deluxe and The Elms have this talent for making it look easy, and I'm positive that it's not. I'm not complaining at all, it's just crazy how much we're learning, and so quickly.
NUVO: Any bumps in the road and roll road?
Perry: We had to cancel a show in Chicago, because the promoter finally disclosed that they were going to be very particular in what drums setup Marc was allowed to play. We rehearse at my old house in Indy most of the time and we've had the police show up once and two neighbors stop by telling us to "please turn that thing down."