The Head and the Heart Spending the Heat Wave Recording a Holiday Single

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All dressed up for summer.

Seattle's biggest indie-folk sextet The Head and the Heart have been spending this week's heat wave -- coincidentally some of the few days they've been in town since they launched their perpetual tour in 2010 -- churning out a holiday single. And they're doing their best to not let the heat get in the way of their holiday cheer.

"(Bassist Chris Zasche) actually brought in a Christmas sweater in the spirit," vocalist Jonathan Russell said over drinks in a sweaty Fremont bar yesterday, "and that lasted about an hour."

The song -- the name and intended project will be announced in the fall -- is a jazz standard that's giving the band a chance to do some experimenting in the studio.

"I'm like, crooning a little bit," Russell says, "it's kind of fun."

"I was worried it was going to be an insufficient attempt to do a jazz standard," vocalist/guitarist Josiah Johnson says. "And I think that we screwed around with it enough that it's really rewarding."

The band launches what is likely to be their last headlining tour in support its self-titled, 2010 debut at the Paramount on September 15, and will stay on the road through the fall -- though maybe not long enough to warrant busting out a holiday single.

"I kind of, like, half wish that we would (play it)," Johnson says. "Maybe at the right moment."

 
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