Interview : 4 Questions with Dr. Robert : The Head and The Heart

Dr. Robert is back on call and holding court with The Head And The Heart’s Tyler Williams. Maybe if you see the good doctor, you can ask him where the 5th question went.

MOKB: Having first self-released your debut in 2009 to having it re-released by Sub Pop to now, how have the songs changed in the live format? Are you itching for new material to play on the road? Any plans for a new record?

Tyler Williams: The songs have changed just by playing them every day for the last 2 years. I find myself adding in the tiniest detailed changes that may mean something only to me at that moment, but when all 6 members are doing the same thing, it adds up after awhile. I think the songs are much bigger and more impactful now than when we recorded them. We are definitely excited to try new songs out on the road this year. We’ve been playing a couple already and the feedback you get just from seeing what works and why is important. In the next few months, the core of the writing should be finishing up and we’ll take to the studio, hopefully around the new year.

MOKB: Using Denver as an example your rise has been astounding. Not too long ago you were playing the hipster bowling alley Moe’s (known more for its bowling and BBQ than its live music) to this summer sharing the stage at red rocks, how has this ascent felt from the inside?

TW: It’s been a weird thing to view from the inside. It just feels like I’m in this bubble with 5 other people and the view is hazy and perpetually changing. We managed to stay busy enough to where we didn’t even care to know how things were going, but now playing such large venues, it’s a bit more in your face. It’s definitely nice to be able to play music on whatever level this is on, but I think we tend to keep our heads down and focus on the whats important.

MOKB: You have shared the stage with several amazing acts both big and small. Please share a good story from an act you have shared the stage with. You still have a mix of shows where you are opening for large acts (Dave Matthews, the Shins) and are now starting to get stellar opening acts (The Moondoggies), how has that transition been for the band?

TW: One of my favorite memories is being in the studio with My Morning Jacket, to help with their Christmas iTunes EP. I wasn’t even doing anything besides hanging around and trying not to get in anyone’s way. It was just amazing to watch Charity and Josiah, who have now become like family to me, sing with a band who define what it means to be gentlemen while still being ridiculously talented musicians.

MOKB: How do you prepare for your second album? There will obviously be some expectations, hype, excitement for its release and how do you temper that with the musical goals of the band?

TW: I think just recently, I came more to terms with the idea of a second record. Yea, I think we’ve grown enough to where no matter what we do, it’s inherently going to be different but it’s also still us. It’s the same people who made the last record. I think the only expectations we feel are from ourselves, right now. We had the fortune of making, releasing and supporting our first record on our own terms and I think we learned a lot in the process. We really aren’t beholden to anyone but ourselves and the people who enjoy what we make. We’ve been criticized before for being what we are, but we’ll never stop doing what we want to do as a group.

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