Written by Eddie Ferranti
Aug 15, 2008 at 09:00 PM
ImageThe latest hot thing out of the badass music mecca of Austin, Texas, Band of Heathens, showed up on the island of Galveston recently.

These musicians evolved together by playing free gigs at Momo’s on Wednesday evenings back in 2006. The “three headed monster” songwriter/lead singer/lead guitar players consist of Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist.  They started out just playing each others tunes, but soon they added Seth Whitney on bass and the fever spread throughout A-Town.  Their name was actually culled as a misprint in the paper advertising their gig and it stuck. The band added drummer John Chipman in 2007 and “The Good Time Supper Club” (moniker given for Momo’s gigs) had fully changed to BOH!

I had become a fan of these guys after seeing two unbelieveable gigs basically back to back. First they blew the roof off of the Mucky Duck with their electric show which had my head spinning like Linda Blair in the Exorcist! Not since the likes of the Stone Coyotes had I seen such a raw explosion of music in this venue. Then they got the most thunderous standing ovation of the Stingaree Fest in Crystal Beach over a three day festival.  In a 12:30 pm time slot no less! Quite an accomplishment considering all the talent that was assembled that weekend in April 2008.

The simple fact that the first two recordings they released were LIVE albums is extraordinary indeed. Live stuff usually doesn’t play well over the airwaves, but these guys were an exception for sure. Even after receiving almost every award you could win at the South By Southwest Conference in 2007, the band still felt BOH to be a “side project”. Amazing.

All that being said, it leads me to the last two gigs, including this one, that I’ve seen a disturbing trend.  Disturbing in the fact that this band is now being annointed as IT. With being IT brings a lot of folks who do not care what so ever about the music or musicians at all. I was fortunate to be able to sit right on top of the shows at the Mucky Duck 6/28/08 and this evening in Galveston. You could see in the eyes of the band members how annoyed they were by the LOUD blabber going on all thru both gigs! Colin Brooks seemed really steamed at the OQAC gig when he sarcastically said: “If everybody could move 3″ to the right, we could get 15 more folks in here.”

Do not get me wrong here folks. I DIG these guys big time. Hell, I’d go out on a limb and throw tags like the “Modern Day Eagles” on them.  Their bluesy, country like Americana, roots rock harmonies are just plain solid.  And when they strap on their electric guitars straight across, they are just plain rockers!  Tunes like “Jackson Station”, “Maple Tears”, “Heart on My Sleeve” and “Second Line” were highlights for sure. A Texas heavyweight like Ray Wylie Hubbard was involved in their studio release this year. He knows a good thing when he sees one. “40 Days” and “This I Know” are 2 of my favorites, too.

But as I pointed out earlier, their tune “Cornbread” has become their “Free Bird” if you will. Chicks crying out for it 3 songs in! It will not be long before underwear starts flying on stage…”Bumblebee” is one of the coolest tunes around for me & my better half, Rosie. I cannot say enough about these guys, yet what price does success bring?  It is NOT the fault of the band. You WANT folks to come to your gigs, but at what price?  When it comes down to it, the music matters to me first and foremost.  I’m glad I caught them (electric)  twice before this “IT” bug bit them…Bigger venues will follow for these fellows no doubt. Catch them when ya can!  Later…