PICS: The Head and the Heart at SOMA

Home is where the Head and the Heart are: The Seattle folk/alt-country/pop group brought some epic singalongs through SOMA on April 9, with Dreamers opening.

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The band got their start in the summer of 2009 in Seattle, Washington.
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The group consists of Josiah Johnson (guitar, vocals), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, guitar, vocals, pictured), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums).
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However, in March of 2016, the band announced co-guitarist/vocalist Johnson would be on hiatus from the group while he entered rehab for drug addiction.
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In his place, they’ve recruited Matt Gervais (who is also married to Thielen).
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They’ve released three albums over the last eight years, with their latest being last year’s “Signs of Light” via Warner Bros. Records.
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Their first two albums, 2011’s self-titled and 2013’s “Let’s Be Still,” were both released via Sub Pop.
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The group came together initially after they met during a series of open mic nights at Seattle’s Conor Byrne pub in Ballard.
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Johnson once explained the name of the band as: “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.”
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After selling out of their homemade copies of their self-titled album, tons of label/management interest poured in. They signed to Sub Pop in 2010.
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Their second album, “Let’s Be Still,” reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released.
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The band has had their share of songs used in film and television: “Rivers and Roads” has been used in “Chuck,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “New Girl.”
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Other shows that have used their music include “Beaver Falls,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Battle Creek,” “Hart of Dixie,” “The Night Shift,” “Heartbeat,” and “Roadies.”
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They’ve also made an appearance in the 2013 film, “Lucky Them,” performing their song “Shake.”
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Luckily for San Diegans, the band stopped in town before heading off to Indio for Coachella 2017.
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Needless to say, the Head and the Heart's live show was incredible.
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Earlier in the night, Dreamers opened.
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The indie-rock group consists of guitarist/vocalist Nick Wold, bassist Marc Nelson (pictured) and drummer Jacob Lee Wick.
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Wold started the band in New York City in 2014 with the drummer from his prior band Motive, Chris Bagamery, and the two eventually teamed up with Nelson.
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After the release of their self-titled EP in 2014, Alternative Press named Dreamers one of the 100 Bands You Need to Know.
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The band relocated to LA in 2015 and Bagamery was replaced by Wick (pictured).
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Their debut album, “This Album Does Not Exist,” was released on Aug. 26 of last year.
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