Cars, Chesterfields, Romantics, and Blondie Sound like The Empty Hearts

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A lot of what was punk back in 1977—The Clash even—was just good old rock and roll, full of the joy of drums, guitar, and vocals alive in the moment. And some of New Wave and the in-between groups were just that as well, fresh rock and roll, and part of that long tradition, delivered in an era that had strayed from rock roots into whole sides of LPs about princesses and unicorns.  Blondie, The Romantics, The Cars, and The Chesterfield Kings are the kinds of bands that rejoiced in good old rock and roll in three-minute blurts, glorious YAWPS! 

It was great to hear back then and it’s great to hear now, fresh and new in 2014. Featuring Wally Palmar of the Romantics on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Elliot Easton of the Cars on lead guitar, Clem Burke of Blondie on drums, and Andy Babiuk of the Chesterfield Kings on bass, The Empty Hearts are a new band with heritage.

North Star

There are some hits here for those of us who knew the progenitor groups back in the 70s and 80s; hopefully they can surface in this fragmented time in music. I can remember holding those bands’ albums in my hands in a time when cassettes were the alternative medium to vinyl.  Vinyl is now a sort of badge of authenticity and an aspect of music heritage, in the same way wax cylinders once were to those who felt Bakelite was too futuristic to embrace. The constant? Great music, no matter what the medium.

New Hemisphere

This is very much a fusion of talents and it’s just fine as MP3, vinyl, or whatever you like to listen to.  I like the fact there’s no static, bumps, or skips when I listen to “Soul Deep,” “Loud and Clear,” “Jealousy,” and—the obvious hit—“I Don't Want Your Love (If You Don't Want Me).”  It’s too bad music stores are primarily virtual now as there are fewer old guys in reading glasses to hand a plastic-wrapped album over the counter to you to get your interest.

This is a great album, regardless of era or medium—or he who recommends it.  If you want to hear a new Romantics song in 2014, the closest you may get is “(I See) No Way Out.” It’s a great collaboration by some great artists who should have been putting out tunes like this  for some time. It takes a little time, though, to fill an empty heart.


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