When trying to come up with one word that describes the indie-pop rock Nashville trio, Heypenny, the one that keeps coming to mind is PERSISTANT. The bandÊ¼s new full length, A Jillion Kicks, is an album 3 years in the making. It has seen a handful of producers attached and was originally recorded at the legendary House of David studio in Nashville, TN as well as a studio in Londonâ€¦ but something was just not right. The essence of Heypenny just did not come across in the recordings. Ultimately the band went with their gut and scrapped it all.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, where the bandÊ¼s fans actually funded the new record, Heypenny re-tracked everything with close friend/musician/producer Charles Allison (who tracked HeypennyÊ¼s first full length Use These Spoons) at his studio in Chattanooga, TN. It was a barnstormer session, redoing what had taken 2 years to track in a matter of 5 days. The band then enlisted the talented mixing engineer Craig Alvin (Colourmusic, The Features, Hanson) to put the finishing touches on the record.
13 blistering indie-pop tunes later A Jillion Kicks was born. The album also features guest performances from 15 other Nashville based musicians including Byron House (Nickel Creek, Robert Plant), Kevin Teal (Cerys Matthews), Natalie Prass, Mikky Ekko and many more. The band is slated to release A Jillion Kicks on February 22nd, 2011 with subsequent tours to follow. “Purple Street” is the first track on the album, which you can find at Some Kind of Awesome Blog – http://www.somekindofawesome.com/journal/2011/1/24/skoa-presents-premiere-heypenny-purple-street.html
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb. 16th @ The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) *
Feb. 17th @ The Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN) *
Feb. 18th @ Cosmic Charlies (Lexington, KY) *
Feb. 19th @ The Duck Inn (Evansville, IN) *#
Feb. 20th @ Off Broadway (St. Louis, MO)
Feb. 25th @ JJ’s Bohemia (Chattanooga, TN)
Feb. 26th @ Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN)
Mar. 16-19 @ SXSW (Austin, TX)
Mar. 26th @ Caledonia Lounge (Athens, GA)
* = w/ Andy D
# = w/ The Features
(more dates to be announced soon)