The Band of Heathens are a bit of an Austin supergroup, watched for and whispered about by many of the city’s musical cognoscenti. Last weekend at the Saxon Pub, the crowds showed up edgy and expecting and the boys did not disappoint.
The Heathens hit the Austin scene hard in 2007, named “Best New Band” at the Austin Music Awards. By 2008 they released they first studio album, The Band of Heathens, produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard and featuring guest performances by Patty Griffin, the late Stephen Bruton, and Gurf Morlix. By 2009 they were near the top of the heap, appearing on Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello. In the interim they have endured significant personnel changes and released several albums of original material, including their most recent release, 2016’s Green Grass EP.
Saturday night belonged to Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, the two lead singers and songwriters. Jurdi, in particular, was on fire with a spectacular voice that echoed Motown greats from the past. All in all, an incredible, high-energy night at one of our favorite watering holes.