July 17, 2008

Denver’s Hearts of Palm

Yup, that’s a lot of people in one band. Call them Denver’s own Polyphonic Spree (minus the cult-tastic fashion robes), the warm and sparkly effervescence of Hearts of Palm is a bright spot in our city’s musical landscape. Previously named Nathan & Stephen, the 8-piece band decided to change their name earlier this year to more accurately reflect their gigantic size (not a two-piece!) and as a salute to their favorite vegetable (I might have made that up).

They’ve recently self-released a lovely free 4-song EP, originally available only at the delicious Mexican restaurant Illegal Pete’s in a creative arrangement that funded the production. It has been on heavy rotation here lately in anticipation of their two upcoming high-profile appearances at summer festivals.

On August 1st & 2nd they’ll play two shows as part of the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase. DPUMS is in its eighth year, and in a mere two weeks will invade South Broadway for a completely non-hostile takeover. And then on September 14th, Hearts of Palm will bring their “characteristic and customary joy, enthusiasm, and abandon” to the red rocks of the Monolith Festival.

So check these two tracks (my favorites from the EP), watch their recent interview with the fabulous R. Baca to get the firsthand story on the controversial name change, and then go download the rest of the songs. Because you can always use more free music, and this is good stuff.

No Water – Hearts of Palm
Give Em Hell – Hearts of Palm

6 Comments »

  • Wow. Thanks for the clue-in on this one. Excellent stuff!

    Brett — July 17, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  • Band sounds great….another wonderful find. I wonder if the band is named after the excellent Buffalo Tom song of the same name!

    Peter

    Peter N — July 17, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  • I read that it might be a nod to the Idaho album of that name.

    heather — July 17, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  • word. love the HoP. love the UMS. love the FF and the HB.
    can you imagine these guys rocking out in hypercolor?

    ricardo baca — July 17, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  • wow, that would be simply fantastic. i hear it’s coming back in style, a mini-fad started in Denver.

    heather — July 17, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  • thanks for the new band. i loved them even before listening because that album cover is gorgeous

    feistyMNgirl — July 17, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

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