Sunday Morning Record is a rootsy soundtrack for those slow-moving hours that round out the weekend. After three members left the group’s lineup in 2011, The Band of Heathens regrouped and retooled their sound, adding some softer textures to their gritty Americana. The result is an album that rolls as much as rocks, with harmonies, upright piano and acoustic guitar taking a bigger role.
“Musically speaking,” explains co-frontman Ed Jurdi, “it’s a bit quieter and understated, compared to some of the things we’ve done in the past. I think we were really looking to strip the sound down and give everything more air and space to breathe. Lyrically, it is a bit more introspective and personal than some of our previous outings; however, I think some of that inward looking actually allowed us to touch on some more universal topics. I think on a fundamental level, this album really explores the nature of relationships and how we change and move with them. We’ve always attempted to explore new territory and move in different directions with all of our records. I feel like we were able to keep that spirit alive on this album.”
Sunday Morning Record is out tomorrow.