The Head and the Heart
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday
Where: Santa Barbara Bowl
Tickets: $40-$70 (all prices increase by $5 on day of show)
Information: sbbowl.com or (805) 962-7411
The irony in the title of The Head and the Heart’s latest hit is that it couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Missed Connection” has reached the top of the charts, but fans continue to find ways to connect with the indie-folk band that formed in 2009 and released its fourth album this year.
The band’s name gets a lot of attention, as it reflects how many feel about their own lives.
“Your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this (the band) is what you’re supposed to do even if it’s crazy,” one-time lead singer Josiah Johnson once told “Mother Jones” in an interview.
The band released “Living Mirage” in May, with it rising to as high as No. 16 on the U.S. album charts. The success of the new album comes with a new direction for the band, as co-founder Johnson is no longer with them, choosing to part to tell his own story. Now, Jonathan Russell takes on lead vocals, with a sunnier disposition about him, with the music reflective of that positivity.
They will be featuring plenty of new direction when they visit the Santa Barbara Bowl on Tuesday, with Hippo Campus opening the show as part of a 38-stop North American tour.
While the band has only been around for a decade, it has seen plenty of success. They have reached No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Alternative Songs charts multiple times, first in 2011 with “Lost in My Mind,” the second time coming in 2016 with “All We Ever Knew” and the last time coming this year with “Missed Connection.” “All We Ever Knew” also went No. 1 on the U.S. Alternative charts.
A great catalyst for bands is to also land songs on TV shows, and THATH has had plenty, with their song “Rivers and Roads” featured on “How I Met Your Mother,” “New Girl,” “Beaver Falls,” “Battle Creek,” “The Good Doctor” and “Sons of Anarchy.”For those attending the Santa Barbara show, every ticket that is purchased also comes with either a CD or digital copy of the band’s new album, “Living Mirage.” According to sbbowl.com, ticket holders will receive information on redemption through email.