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Ciara Cohen :: Neal Spencer :: Justin Kearney :: Thomas Servidone :: Jesse Stanford
Hartford was a once a small river port town. Tucked between the arbors of the Appalachians and the ancient Atlantic ocean, it served as a conduit for all things coming and going. Bottles and flasks of bourbon and rum, suits of tweed, gowns of gabardine. In the hulls of great ships were wooden toys for children, maps and gunpowder for men at war. Tea kettles and soap, silver chains and bronze medallions. Today, beneath it’s arching highways and business veneer, the pieces of Hartford’s past still linger. It’s the place where the lights of the buildings mingle with the ghosts of the city. It’s the place where Heirlooms was born.
Jesse Stanford initially began Heirlooms as a solo project. Setting up in a family summer house outside the city, Stanford spent much of 2009 on an ambitious regiment of writing and rewriting handfuls of unfinished songs. Long time friend and former band mate Neal Spencer would often drop by to listen, provide insight, and add his unique and thoughtful percussion. Thomas Servidone and Justin Kearney, whose friendship and collaborative roots date back to grade school, soon joined in on the sessions. When violinist Ciara Cohen and bassist Brendan Cox joined that winter, a project much greater than Stanford had anticipated began to take shape. Together, Heirlooms spent the next 7 months working on the songs that would become the Heirlooms EP.
Part confessional, part musical folk tale, the Heirlooms EP is a strong and stirring debut album. Written, recorded, and produced entirely by the band themselves, Heirlooms is a practice in dichotomy. Subtle acoustic textures and soaring electric feedback, driving rhythm and exploratory percussion, ethereal strings and raw emotion, isolation and friendships found.
Heirlooms has had the immense pleasure of sharing stages with:
Bert Jansch (London), Pegi Young and the Survivors (Nashville), Deer Tick (Providence), Amanda Shires (Nashville), Typhoon (Portland), Linfinity (NYC), Yarn (NYC), The Shivers (NYC), The High Dials (Montreal), You Scream I Scream (NYC), We Are the Willows (Minneapolis), Denison Witmer (Philadelphia), Moon Taxi (Nashville), & Echo and Drake (Hartford).
Heirlooms has also had the great honor of playing the B.O.M.B. Festival and the Daffodil Festival.