Atlanta rock band The Head come to Manchester’s The Castle next week in support of their new album Space.
The American band finds itself inspired largely by the 90’s UK shoegaze and baggy scenes. Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like The National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M.
Over the years The Head have opened for/shared the stage with Primal Scream, Lucy Dacus, Those Darlins, Steve Wynn (of the Dream Syndicate), Shovels and Rope, among many others. They’ve also just wrapped up recording sessions at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA.
Speaking ahead of the tour, the band commented about what they have in store for UK fans, “People can expect us to be playing songs mostly from our new record Space. We have a few brand new songs that we’ll be debuting as well. This will be our first time ever touring the U.K., so to say we’re looking forward to it is an understatement. Most of the bands that have impacted us hail from the the U.K.—bands like The Stone Roses, Echo & the Bunnymen, Spiritualized, Milburn, The Action, to name a few. The U.K. has always had a rich history of groundbreaking bands, so we’re excited to be playing in the land where it all began for us. In a way, we feel like we’ll be coming home.”
Where and when do The Head play in Manchester?
The Head play at Manchester’s The Castle on 12 November 2017. The Manchester gig is one of 14 UK dates the band are performing in support of Space which is released on 10 November.