Blac Rabbit

Blac Rabbit

The Head, Doctors

Tue, May 7, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

The Head
The Head are nothing short of a storm.

The Atlanta-based trio churn out addictive hooks backed by shrill guitars, a galloping rhythm section and a gut-punching voice that'd leave any post-punk fan happier than a pig in shit.

"The bands we listen to always push us to experiment with our sound," explains drummer Jack. "Bands like Echo & the Bunnymen, The Velvet Underground and The Shangri-Las."

Praised by Blurt Magazine as "Atlanta's youngest rock & roll veterans," The Head have been making music together since 2007 when all three members—guitarist Jacob Morrell and twin-brother rhythm section Jack and Mike Shaw—were just 15 years old. They've already logged two LPs, two EPs and a 7 inch, earning praise from SPIN Magazine and college radio.

The band has shared bills along the way with everyone from Shovels & Rope and Those Darlins to Cracker and Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, while also working with producers Mitch Easter (REM, Pavement) and Jody Stephens (Big Star).

In the fall of 2014, The Head abandoned their old way of recording in professional studios to self-produce their next project in Jacob's basement. They cut each song almost entirely live surrounded by pillows and blankets to soundproof the room. Vocals were recorded in the basement's stairwell.

"The process was a lot more relaxing," says lead vocalist and bassist Mike. "We allowed mistakes to happen, which kept the tracks as natural and raw as possible."

The Head plan to release their self-produced songs as a series of five singles (with accompanying music videos) in the spring of 2015. The first four of the series will be released online, while the last will be released and compiled with the other four on a vinyl EP.

The collection of songs is laced with switchblade-sounding guitars and a bullet-thumping backbeat that drive Mike's deep howl to the forefront.

"It sounds darker and nastier than anything we've done before," explains Jacob. "I use really saturated guitar tones and Mike sings in a much deeper vocal range."

"It Ain't Easy," the first of the singles to drop on May 5, was mixed by Tanner Hendon and Wyatt Oates at Madison Studios and mastered by Alex Lowe at Red Tuxedo Mastering—both studios in Atlanta, GA.

The song not only showcases The Head's darker approach sonically, but lyrically, as well. The lyrics paint a portrait of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza and his relationship with his father.

"The lyrics were inspired by a New Yorker article written by Andrew Solomon," says Jack. "Solomon interviewed the shooter's father, and it was just really sad and heartbreaking to read."

While the Head's new singles no doubt stray away from the shimmery love songs of previous releases like "Girls of the Yukon" (2013) and "Hang On" (2011), they still possess an energy that can only be produced by youth.

Upon the release of the singles, The Head will embark on their first tour of 2015 toward the end of June with cronies Jonas Sees In Color from Greensboro, NC. "The first leg is up and down the East Coast," explains Mike. "From here on out, it'll be nothing but extensive touring for us."
They hate school. They hate work. They’ve got social anxiety and depression.

But they really fuck with music.

Joe Culpepper, drums, Jonathan Joubert, vocals, songwriting, keys and bass, Jacob Lewis, bass and guitar, and Mike Taylor, guitar, are the musicians behind DOCTORS, a band that’s here to challenge your preconceived notions of what pop music can be.

Staying true to themselves in their lyrics while still remaining accessible through their sound, DOCTORS takes the template of pop music and makes music that’s relatable and truly authentic. In their top track, Slip, Taylor’s dreamy lyrics and Joubert’s syrupy voice take the edge off of Culpepper’s wild drum playing and Lewis’ extensive guitar riffs. Inspired by the brazenness of proto-punk to the sweet, synthesized sounds of EDM, the band is here to shatter the stereotype that pop has to be happy, feel good music. DOCTORS, see ‘pop’ as just a format, a starting point that they can build off of and improve by channeling their inner struggles into that template, reimagining the genre with complete sincerity.

DOCTORS doesn’t have a crazy origin story, but the band seem to have the universe on its side. Having all met one way or another in high school, Culpepper, Joubert, Lewis and Taylor fell out of touch. For Joubert and Culpepper, the trauma following their teenage screamo band proved to be too much, and they fell out making music together for a while. Rumor has it a video of that trying time still exists, but it’s hard for the guys to stomach. “I can only bare to watch thirty seconds of it at a time,” said Joe, who’s still shaking off the PTSD. As for Culpepper and Lewis, they knew each other from middle school drumline, at the same school as Mike. Come graduation time, they all went their separate ways.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that they would be reunited through pure coincidence. Joubert and Lewis ended up tossing pizzas at the same Italian restaurant chain. Missing their teenage jam sessions, the two hit up Culpepper. The guys still hadn’t seen Taylor since high school, but a freak occurrence would change that. Driving around, Taylor would just happen to roll past two drivers exchanging information over a busted headlight, only to see Lewis standing beside the damaged Chrysler. Rolling past, he acknowledged his old friend with a head nod and peace sign. Two weeks later Mike showed up at one of the aforementioned jam sessions, and through pure chance DOCTORS was born.

Back together, it didn’t take long for DOCTORS to find their sound, releasing their first EP, And I Slip Away, less than a year later in September of 2018. The group likes to joke that they’re now inseparable, and that a blood pact or branding might have been involved. Though neither of those is true, probably, DOCTORS is here to bless the indie rock world with their addictive tracks.

Culpepper has aspirations of one day becoming a fulltime cowboy and Taylor can’t wait until the day when he’s at that age where he’s just too old to let anything bother him. In the meantime, as Culpepper works on buying some land and a few dozen cattle and Taylor waits for his future retirement, DOCTORS will be making music.

In Joubert’s words, it’ll be “forever and always ‘til one of us dies.”

-Catie Sanders
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115