on 28 June 2014
May 8, 2014 Santa Monica, CA: The Empty Hearts, a new band featuring members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, have signed to 429 Records which will release their eponymous debut album August 5th worldwide. The band, consisting of four iconic players and musical peers, features Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums , Wally Palmar on vocals and guitar and Andy Babiuk on bass. Co-produced by the band and Ed Stasium, The Empty Hearts is a raucous collection of tunes with each player’s rock ‘n’ roll stripes on display— a bracing sound shaped by influences which span decades and include ‘50’s American roots rock ‘n’ roll, 60’s British invasion and 70’s garage-punk. The album was recorded at Fab Gear Studios in Rochester, NY and also includes the Faces’ Hall of Fame keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer. Billboard.com announced the release with an exclusive stream of the song “I Don’t Want Your Love (If You Won’t See Me)”. Listen to the track here: [...]
The Empty Hearts will be released worldwide on 429 Records August 5th. The band will tour the U.S. this fall. Dates TBD.
The Empty Hearts (a name coined by Little Steven from his secret list of unused band names), is a band who sound like musical cohorts—all came of age in the 70’s and 80’s music scenes and play by a DIY punk rock code of ethics. A self-proclaimed band of “rock and roll lifers”, the chemistry clicked immediately--they are all connected having come together as a band of friends.
Says Clem Burke: ““Those common influences are what brought us together. We’re survivors and lifers of rock ‘n’ roll. We take from everything that’s come before musically. A lot of people have never heard or seen a band like this. There’s a freshness to it, at the same time as it’s a recollection of the past.”
The Empty Hearts Track Listing:
90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street
I Don’t Want Your Love (If You Don’t Want Me)
(I See) No Way Out
Fill An Empty Heart
Loud And Clear
I Found You Again
Just A Little Too Hard
Drop Me Off At Home
Meet Me ‘Round The Corner
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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
This is a decent enough effort and the cover leaves the listener in no doubt as to the self awareness being shown by the band - they are honest in their homage to the 60s and the British "Invasion". The band members' individual CVs are not in doubt so they surely didn't "have" to record this album, they are doing it for the craic and for sheer enjoyment. This comes across well in the album itself. Here we have a group of musicians playing music they obviously love and appreciate and they sound like they are having a whale of a time doing it. Best tracks for me are the Byrdsy "Fill an empty heart" and "Soul Deep" which only just manages to not become "Can't Explain" by the Who. My only caveat would be to ask yourself, do you "need" this album? I would say not. You will almost certainly enjoy the album but it is hardly an essential purchase. I rather suspect however that this lot live might well be worth checking out.
on 18 December 2014
Great ! If you like power pop, this one is for you ! They're power pop as the Moviees were garage ! British and US influences melt to give you high energy 60"s influenced rock'n'roll ! And Andy, for me, is the one who put the power in the pop !!!