Ian and Wesley are best friends going all the way back to Boy Scouts and have always shared a passion for roots music. When Ian began writing folk-y, alt-country songs and hitting the open mics during his stint in film school, it made perfect sense to team up with his old scouting buddy. They added Steve Andrea on lead guitar and a few more guys, then recorded a six song e.p. at Kill Room Studios in 2013.
The CD was well received by fans and critics and is currently represented through the Play Network, helping put Blackheart Honeymoon into the ear holes of shoppers at the Gap, Nordstrom's and Starbucks around the country.
Then, half the band quit to do other stuff.
So, Ian, Wes & Steve tracked down Dusty and Adrienne, and for the past two years, the quintet has been rapidly entrenching itself in Seattle's roots-rock/americana/indie-rock community. Their second performance together was for CW11’s local hit television show, Band in Seattle (aired March 2014). Now, the group regularly gigs around town, sharing the stages of the Crocodile, Tractor, High Dive, and the Sunset with other up & coming hopefuls like Star Anna, Prom Queen, Vaudeville Etiquette, and the Swearengens.
Their current sound, while culling influence from classic American artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and the Byrds, ends up sounding more like Neutral Milk Hotel teamed up with Fleetwood Mac and made a record with Fleet Foxes producing. They often draw comparisons to Wilco, Ryan Adams and the New Pornographers, as well.
BHH returned to Kill Room Studios last February to record twelve new tracks for their debut full-length, “Mountains Speak” (street date: 8/7/15), with producer, Ben Jenkins (Hobosexual, Walking Papers, Young Evils). Followed by a session at Bear Creek to make a single for Lost Hymn Recordings with Jerry Streeter (Lumineers, Brandi Carlile). Their studio chops are getting as tight as their live show, a sweeter spectacle you will seldom witness!
Ian Prebo - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Wesley Amundsen - Upright Bass
Steven Andrea - Electric Guitar
Adrienne Marie Pollock - Keys/Vocals
Dusty Hayes - Drums/Vocals
August 5th, 2015
Big thanks to everyone who voted in the Seattle Weekly's Best of 2015 reader polls. We received the honor of "Runner Up" in Best Folk/Roots Band category, losing the top spot to one of our favorite, well-deserving artists, Damien Jurado.
May 21st, 2015
Proud to announce the first bit of press for the new record... an exclusive peek at the first single "Bodies" in Elmore Magazine. Please check it out and tell your friends!
February 5th, 2015
Just posted a new YouTube vid... a little teaser for the upcoming album with some rough mixes and a few clips of studio footage - give it a looksee!
January 24th, 2015
We had such an amazing experience recording a single for Lost Hymn at Bear Creek - working with Jerry Streeter was incredible and everything sounds so good! Can't wait to share the song with you soon... hoping to make our next album at Bear Creek with Jerry.
January 11th, 2015
The new site has launched! Also, we are stoked to be hitting the stage at Conor Byrne in Ballard this coming Saturday after a couple months off from gigging around Seattle - looking forward to serenading you all with some old favorites and a couple new ones from the forthcoming record!
Blackheart Honeymoon performs "Mountains Speak" from their Band in Seattle TV (CW11) appearance - December 2013
Blackheart Honeymoon deliver an easy-to-love collection of melodious alt-country, distinguished by the sterling harmonies of Prebo and Pollack.
July 28th, 2015
Seattle-based Blackheart Honeymoon crafts expansive and moving alt-country songs, bringing in elements of indie and post-rock in order to leave quite the impression.
July 24th, 2015
“Bodies,” a track from the upcoming album, premiering exclusively for Elmore, proves that reinventing can be a great thing. The addition of vocalist Adrienne provides a dynamic range, especially when paired against the raspy low tones of lead vocalist Ian Prebo. The contrast evokes a bass line of classic Americana influence, from The Byrds to Fleetwood Mac, yet the bittersweet wistfulness of the lyrics grooves against an upbeat, hand-clapping melody, lending the track a dash of modern alt-twee, reminiscent of the New Pornographers.
May 21st, 2015
“I’m a Liar" is an all out hit that falls somewhere in the smoky pool hall/western blues genre. However, the undisputed highlight is the ballad, “We All Fall Down”. The repetitive, crushing chorus is incredibly powerful and memorable.
June 14th, 2013
Despite the familiar sound that Blackheart Honeymoon provides... the band still manages to experiment in ways that push the boundaries of what you’d expect from an alt-country/folk band. “Scars Remain” sounds like a blend between Menos el Oso-era Minus the Bear and Modest Mouse, while the appropriately titled album closer, “Last Song,” is an experimental foray that makes Wilco’s "Poor Places" seem bland... The emotionally charged result is an unorthodox but touching love song that manages to stand out from the crowd without trying to do so.
December 30th, 2013