Artist of the Week: Harts Of Oak
Each Wednesday (almost), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gorgeous Houston Press Music Awards are stomping towards us, so from here until eternity (or until our editor tells us to stop), only musicians who have received nominations will be eligible for the Artist of the Week column. Exclusivity is so in, bro.
Photo by Tim Thumb
First up is Harts of Oak, nominated for Best Folk and brains behind The Old States, one of the summer's best soundtracks. Lots in the interview, including stag talk, digs at Arcade Fire and the potentially awesome thing they will say during their acceptance speech if they win.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Harts of Oak in exactly six words.
Harts of Oak: Atticus Finch and Boo Radley forever.
RO: Why not Hearts of Oak?
A hart is actually another term for a stag, or a male deer. It has become our adopted logo. We also became very interested in the work of a friend of ours, Ren Sauer (check out her art, its awesome), which explored the connection between humans and their connection with wild animals and nature.
She has done a lot of artwork for us portraying the stag in different forms and we feel that the hart is a nice representation of our combined personalities as a group. And in any case, who doesn't love Bambi and puns?
Harts of Oak, "Satellite Heart"
RO: How long after you received your HPMA nomination was it before you started sending out emails and texts to the people who didn't make it, saying things like, "You guys totally got jobbed," but laughing behind the scenes?
HOO: Well, we called Arcade Fire immediately and told them about our nomination. They were jealous, to say the least. They can keep their Grammy. We have an HPMA nom. In all seriousness, we were honestly surprised and grateful for the nomination.
With so much incredible local music in Houston, we feel privileged to have been recognized by Houston Press and have so much support from our fans. We are still a fairly new band and are happy to see that our work is appreciated and that people are able to find something they can connect to in our music. Always support local music!
RO: Is it incorrect to assume that you wrote "Tuesday Morning" specifically for the purpose of me playing it for the wife as a way to get her to forgive me for saying something inconsiderate?
HOO: Absolutely. We are actually working on the next EP, Apology Songs for [Rocks Off]. There's gonna be some good ones in there. They will get you out of absolutely anything.