CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 14

The Band of Heathens: Americana rock born at Austin's beloved Momo's

The Band of Heathens: Americana rock born at Austin's beloved Momo's

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The Band of Heathens. Courtesy of SXSW.com

Name: The Band of Heathens

Featured track: "Should Have Known" featured on CultureMap's Texas Showcase Sampler

Country/City of origin: Austin, Texas

Genre: Rock

In one sentence: "Both [albums] overflow with the sextet's sharply composed Americana, a sound borrowing liberally from Little Feat and the Grateful Dead with a side order of loose-limbed Texas funk." - The Austin Chronicle

Why we chose them: Formed from a weekly songwriter circle at Austin's beloved (now closed) Momo's, The Band of Heathens has been a force on the local Americana scene since 2008. In that time, members have come and gone, but the roots rock sound has lived on, fueled by a passion for live performance. Heathens goes the way of the jam band from time to time, but that's okay — they jam live, loud and real, a true testament to Texas rock.

SXSW official showcase: Tuesday, March 10 at The Parish (Show is free and open to the public, brought to you by the City of Austin)