If you dig dead solid songwriting, earthy, on-point harmonies and rootsy rock, well, you’ll be readily smitten by Austin, TX’s The Band of Heathens, whose latest salvo throws out echoes of The Band, Lowell George and The Jayhawks, mingling three ace singer-songwriters and a locktight rock band with some greasy lubrication. Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son (released March 29 on BOH Records) is a bayou haunted song cycle that rages and moans by turns, the whole weaving together a lot of the strengths the band has shown in the past and then bettering them. A heavy touring schedule, an appearance on Austin City Limits and a growing national fan base all speak to band’s easy likability and contagious good ‘n’ gritty rock.
With the word ‘heathen’ in their name, we thought we’d toss our naughty survey their way. Singer-guitarist-songwriter Ed Jurdi chimes in.
- Favorite dirty word or expression?
- Motherfucker. This is not realistic to only choose one. Prick.
- One of the grossest things I’ve encountered while touring is…
- no response
- Besides sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, what does a mind and body need?
- More sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll
- A filthy song I love is…
- ”You’ve Never Been This Far Before” by Conway Twitty
- Groupie love – good, bad, scary or what?
- E: All Of The Above
- Which would make you feel most unclean?
- Having your music used in a montage in a Kate Hudson/Sandra Bullock-style date movie
- Having it show up in the background of a celebrity sex tape
- Having it used to market erectile dysfunction medications
- I just showered after reading the question, so now I feel totally clean to answer it in an unbiased way. I think if it showed up in the background of a celebrity sex tape starring the aforementioned subjects, performing an act in front of a TV running an erectile dysfunction medication ad that would make me feel dirty.
- One of my favorite dirty ass rock ‘n’ roll bands is…
- Humble Pie