Ed Jurdi talks about the new Band Of Heathens line up, why they record their albums live, moving to Asheville, and being “bootleg friendly.” He also sets up and plays three tracks from the Band Of Heathens latest album, Sunday Morning Record.
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Band of Heathens Information
Ed Jurdi from Band of Heathens talks about being known as live band first and foremost. Ed says it wasn't a deliberate choice. Ed Jurdi says “[Band of Heathens] basically started out as a live entity basically it was just a loose jam session. We were doing a weekly gig just for a year or so and we recorded one of the weeks and just made a record of it because we just wanted to have a nice document of it. …. Quite honestly at the beginning nobody really had any expectations week to week or anything more than that... I think the thing is the band could play live. That's how we figured out how to do what we do.”
Ed Jurdi talks about the challenges the band faced getting Sunday Morning Record out the door. He talks about Gordy Quist starting a family and Ed moving to Asheville. They had some line up changes as well. “The reason it took a little longer it because we are rebuilding the band in a way. We had a good nucleus with me and Gordy and Trevor Nealon our long time keyboard player. But you getting a good rhythm section and having that be a tight solid thing is kind of the entirety of a rock and roll band. If you don't have a god rhythm section then you can't really be a rock and roll band. So we wanted to make sure we found some guys and had them in place and we could go out on the road for a few months and get a little bit of a lexicon built up. So when we got in the studio we knew how we were going to communicate with each other. Which was cool because it gave us extra time to write some more material. We had 30 songs when we went into the studio, which is a great problem to have.”
Ed Jurdi from Band Of Heathens sets up “Shotgun.” He says, “that's something that me and Gordy and been working on for a while, maybe for a couple of years. That kind of set the tone for the rest of the writing and kind of informed the whole thing.”
[Calvin plays “Shotgun” from Sunday Morning Record by Band of Heathen.]
Ed Jurdi talks about recording the album and how they keep a relaxed feel on the album. He says,”I don't know if it's a conscious thing, but we try to explore a different musical landscape on each record. I guess ultimately that's defined by the material we bring in. And maybe on this record maybe the mood was a little more contemplative or reflective. Some of these songs just didn't scream rock and roll and loud electric guitar. A lot of this stuff, a little more acoustic thing was the way this stuff was born.... We recorded at George's (the producer) house. He has a studio in his house so it was a cool laid back environment. We had a cup of coffee in morning, talk about the song, play them down in the morning, and cut the tracks in the afternoon. By dinner time we'd usually have a song done. We'd all set up in the room together and play the song down until we had a take and then if someone had to go back and fix a part they'd do that. By and large what you are hearing is a live performance and we've always gone for that in the studio. I think there's a certain vibe and magic that happens when you have people in a room playing and interacting with each other.”
Ed Jurdi sets up the Band of Heathens song “Miss My Life,” He says, “If 'Shotgun' was the first song we had for the record, 'Miss My Life' was last thing we had. We'd finished most of the record and said 'we need something that's a little more groove oriented track with a rock and roll feel, but that works with the whole vibe of the record. This is the one that came together.”
[Calvin plays “Miss My Life” from Sunday Morning Record by Band Of Heathens.]
Ed Jurdi from Band of Heathens talks about why they are so bootleg friendly. He says, “I mean really why not. Initially it started with people coming to shows and recording them. And they are free to do that and trade the shows. But that's really a small micro-culture that we figured out a way to record our own shows and make them available and sell them at the end of the night, which is something that has been embraced by our fans. We also give a lot of stuff away too. That grew out of the idea of the bands we are into like the Grateful Dead specifically who pioneered that. A bunch of people can come to the show and why not let them take a copy home with them. And people that weren't there, if they want to hear the show that's great too. We do so many shows and we're the kind of band that plays so many shows and we play different set lists night to night and we'll play songs differently over time and they will evolve. And that's another outlet for fans to follow the band and explore what we are doing so our attitude is to share it as much as we can.”
Ed Jurdi sets up “Records In Bed.” He says “This song came out of the idea of when music is the center of your world when you hear things and it makes you stop put your wars up and take notice and everything else washes away. You have a moment with music where it's the most important thing in your world and it's kind of ruling you in a fantastic way.”
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