Heaps n Heaps will release their new album, Live at the Village, on October 9th , but a look at the long run up to that milestone is instructional – and fascinating in it how reveals the ways worldwide talent comes together in LA.
The four musicians who make up Heaps and Heaps - Alisa Fedele, Zach Moon, John Pruitt , Dan Dowsett - have been creating raw, magnetic indie-rock since 2012 when Australia native, Alisa Fedele, met Salt Lake City, Utah native, Zach Moon in Los Angeles through a mutual friend. During a typical Southern California day of blue skies and sunshine, an acoustic jam session fueled by red wine and home cooking laid enough of a foundation. That duo played a couple of acoustic shows in the first week of knowing each other.
But they knew there was more in their chemistry and the combination of their voices. Zach invited his longtime childhood friend, John Pruitt, to play bass. Pruitt and Moon met when they were 14, and began writing music in the violent suburbs of Salt Lake City. Following Pruitt and Moon's college graduations, they both moved to L.A. and began working on the first EP with Fedele. The band headlined a packed EP release show at the Troubadour and most of 2013 talking to local press and playing secret shows to gain new fans.
But, things happen with bands. In December of 2014, after Heaps n Heaps had toured three times played top Los Angeles music venues and made consecutive appearances at SXSW and released their second self-produced EP to great critical acclaim, they were headed for a sold out show at The Satellite before showcasing at Sundance Film Festival. Then their drummer quit. Scrambling, Pruitt and Moon called another their long time childhood friend and band mate, Dan Dowsett, who said if they hadn't found anybody by the time the shows came around, he'd definitely play them, but no decision on joining permanently..
Dowsett did in fact play the shows and his boundless rhythmic palate, his jazz, funk, and rock influences, along with his unwavering pocket presence gave Heaps n Heaps a new confidence and danceability. Dowsett moved to Los Angeles and the rest is history.
That history is now a band that can play soft and sweet and stirring rock songs. Heaps n Heaps had finally found their true lineup nearly three years after the original foundation was laid down and were ready to put down a recording that represented their direction.
In May of this year, Heaps n Heaps set up a one take, live performance which was recorded and filmed at the Village Studios in Los Angeles, California. 85 people packed into Studio D, a room designed and used periodically by Fleetwood Mac, to watch Heaps n Heaps perform 11 new and old songs that would make up their first ever live album. It was risky and nerve racking, something that could have very easily gone south, but it worked, beautifully. We get to talk about the result and what comes next this Friday.