Band: The Empty Hearts
Album: The Empty Hearts
By: Dude Diablo
There is a lot to be said for going it alone but lets face it James Dean: no man, woman or beast is a bloody island. Sure, you can build a house of cards but you can never call it home. The ﬁrst time the coppers rip past your card palace, in hot pursuit of “female felon in stolen red Ferrari”, your solution to the housing crisis will be blown away and instantly turned into the aftermath of 52 Pickup. And you can forget crazy glue my friend, their ain’t any bringin’ that Humpty Humpty train wreck back, ya just gotta get over yourself, move to higher ground & collaborate. Why do you think the Empire State building is still NYC’s anchor? Collaboration!!!
Now, if you like rockin’ to tunes that hit you in the face, with a paint brush, that’s been cured for decades in fully loaded, drivin’ rock ‘n roll, which is equipped with the crystal clear purity of garage band gritty edge guitar plus the harmonies that propelled the British Invasion, then you are going to go love The Empty Hearts:
Wally Palmar – lead vocals, rhythm guitar & harp (The Romantics) Andy Babiuk – bass/vocals (The Chesterﬁeld Kings) Elliot Easton – lead guitar/vocals (The Cars) Clem Burke – drums/vocals (Blondie)
Hearing their ﬁfth song sounds just like these 4 lads heard a secret collaboration between The Who, The Rolling Stones & The Dave Clark Five in the 60’s, then got together over 50 years later to record ‘Soul Deep’. This band is as close to time travel, as you’re ever going to get, in this century. Now, some may ask, why The Dave Clark Five and not The Beatles. To answer simply, The Dave Clark Five didn’t have a John Lennon, in fact, no one did because Lennon was a one-off artist, a musical genius like Mozart and with a whimsical side like Spicoli ie Sean Penn in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. The music that The Empty Hearts create is original and from their collaborating perspective, of that era. It is their musical reincarnation of the music from a much more liberal time, both creatively and artistically, than now, and a window with a view of their youth.
Certainly, the band is inﬂuenced by the music of a much less uptight time, a time when skinny suits and tight Wrangler jeans were replaced by tie dyed t-shirts & raggedy ass jeans, that had been personalized by their owners with paint, bleach and holes, The Dave Clark Five aside. The time I’m thinking of runs right through the latter part of the 60’s and ends abruptly in the early 70’s. Their work is truthfully honest, in that, they make absolutely no bones about what side of the tracks they are coming from. Also, there is no mention anywhere of who did what and when or where, because the why is clearly understood: They All Love The Rockin’ Music Of The Late 60’s & Early 70’s. It runs through their veins like rivers rushing through stone canyons, screaming out thunder & spitting up white water stray. That message is delivered ‘Loud and Clear’ by that song’s rippin’ guitar solo, driving beat, commanding vocals, decided rhythm and bass, yeah that bass. No man is an island in this band, if one mate leaves that’ll be it, so you better catch them while you can. Personally, I’m hoping for the Empire State Building type of longevity, for these guys. Did anyone else hear Creedance, Skynard & Dylan whisper on this CD, or is that just me?