The up and coming band, Hearts and Daggers, have created a foothold for themselves in the wildly popular, and fairly recent revival of theÂ Americana/Alt-Country Genre.
An interesting combination of punk and country, Hearts and DaggersÂ have single-handedlyÂ built a niche sound to offer to the rapidly changing country music scene. The four piece, comprised of Kevin Wolfe (lead vocals), Bernie Fox (bass), Marshall Miller (drums), and Todd Gunsher (guitar), have taken alternative country music to a new level with their punk twist on your typical, whiskey drinking, hell raising country sound.
Wolfe’s vocals are warm, deep, and gravelly, reminiscent of Bob Dylan, but more discernible. With perfectly imperfect recordings, some, such as, “Convict Blues,”Â including hollers from the crowd, Hearts and Daggers appears to be one of the last technically country bands that haven’t been seized and glossed over to be more radio friendly. Their sound is real, and there is something raw about them that makes the men of Hearts and Daggers just genuinely likeable as a band.
Their songs have an undeniablyÂ anthem-esque quality, with lyrics that are simple, butÂ relatable. However, by “relatable,” we’re not saying these guys areÂ singing the typical country tunes about trucks. Hearts and Daggers are providing a fresh perspective on small town America, and the trials and tribulations life holds.Â They take pride in the fact that their sound can’t be put in any single box, and rightfully so. It isn’t very often that a group gets together and creates something unique.
The band has so far released an EP, A Home For My Lonely Tears (2005), and two albums, And Then There Was Dust (2010), and A Coronation or a HangingÂ (2014). On each release, every song is a little different, which makes them an interesting listen from start to finish. With everyÂ song having an individual personality, it’s impossible to write any one of their songs off, or to claim a distinct frontrunner to advocate here. For the most part, their songs are quick-witted lyrically to match the quick musical pacing. From A Coronation or a Hanging, “How Do You Do, Old Friend?” “Lost and Lonesome,” and “Let Me Know I’m Alive,” are perfect examples of the upbeat, anthem quality that Hearts and Daggers captures flawlessly.
“That’s The Way (Love Goes),” off their album, A Coronation or a Hanging, Wolfe rasps over a peppy guitar and steady rhythm, “I’ll play this shit guitar till my fingers bleed, till my voice craps out and my eyes refuse to see,” and more appreciated words were never rasped.