Recapturing the 60’s and 70’s sound with rockin’ riffs and that ‘garage band’ feel, The Empty Hearts (a name coined by Little Steven from his secret list of unused band names), have just released a disc filled with groovy licks reminiscent of the Troggs, The Searchers, The Beatles, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Shadows of Knight, and The Grass Roots. Waves of words such as “British Invasion” and “Psychedelic” spring forward when describing the 12 tunes The Empty Hearts have crafted for their self-titled LP. They all met up sometime in early spring 2013 and got right down to business. Recording at Fab Gear Studios in Rochester, NY, the band also brought in the Faces’ Hall of Fame keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer.
The band features Elliot Easton on lead guitar (The Cars), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums (Blondie), Wally Palmar on vocals, harmonica and guitar (The Romantics) and Andy Babiuk on bass (The Chesterfield Kings). With pedigrees like that, how could you not expect something really groovy and special? These guys didn’t just meet or come together for the sake of making money; they’ve all known each other a long time and while making money is always a good thing, they’ve all individually “been there done that”. This collection was born out of love for the craft and music that influenced all of them to follow the paths they did.
Listening seamlessly from one track to the other, the sound shaped by the influences spans decades including ‘50’s rock ‘n’ roll, 60’s British invasion and 70’s garage-punk. Fill An Empty Heart, (not to be confused with the band name) is definitely one of those 60’s inspired tunes while I Found You Again, brings to mind watery images of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and believe it or not, a little Marshall Tucker.
The many platinum and gold records massed among them (in their other incarnations) over the years leads to a specific type of rock n’ roll The Empty Hearts were raised on, and hope to pass on to another generation for safekeeping. In a time where rock n’ roll has become so complacent comes a grouping of deeply rooted talent netting nothing less than stellar rock n’ roll.