Music: The Band of Heathens

If Uncle Tupelo taught us anything, it was that incredibly talented and hyper-creative personalities will find it difficult to coexist within the same band structure. Of course, there are exceptions (look at Crosby Stills Nash & Young) but it can be prob

If Uncle Tupelo taught us anything, it was that incredibly talented and hyper-creative personalities will find it difficult to coexist within the same band structure. Of course, there are exceptions (look at Crosby Stills Nash & Young) but it can be problematic (look at Crosby Stills Nash & Young). Apparently, the principals of The Band of Heathens didn’t bother to learn these particular lessons, as their Austin quintet is that rarest of all musical entities — a band with three distinct frontmen. Since meeting at a mutual residency as solo acts on Austin’s fabled Sixth Street five years ago, Ed Jurdi, Colin Brooks and Gordy Quist (all singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists) have had no trouble conceding the spotlight to one another in the context of Band of Heathens’ classically inspired Americana hymns and anthems.

Austin quintet The Band of Heathens plays Southgate House Friday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.

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