Ian and Wesley are best friends going all the way back to Boy Scouts and have always shared a passion for American folk music. When Ian began writing rootsy, 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 EP at Kill Room Studios in 2013.
The CD was well received by fans and critics. Then, suddenly, half the band quit.
So, Ian, Wes & Steve tracked down Dusty Hayes (drums) and Adrienne Marie Pollock (keys & vocals), and for the past two years, the quintet has been rapidly entrenching itself in Seattle's roots-rock/Americana community, regularly gigging at favorite clubs such as The Crocodile, Tractor and The Sunset with other up & coming local hopefuls.
Blackheart Honeymoon returned to Kill Room Studios last February to record twelve new tracks for their debut full-length, “Mountains Speak” (released 8/7/15), with producer, Ben Jenkins (Hobosexual, Walking Papers, Young Evils). The record has been charting on radio stations across the country and the title track was included in CMJ's July Mixtape. Flattering reviews from such notable press as Magnet, The Big Takeover and Elmore magazine continue to filter in as the band prepares for a Fall/Winter West coast tour.
The group is keeping busy in the mean time, they shot two music videos over the Summer to accompany their album. Currently in post production, the videos should go live any time now. And, the band recently made a trip to Bear Creek Studios to record a single with Jerry Streeter (Lumineers, Brandi Carlile), the resulting track, "Rest in Bone" turned out incredible and will be released later this Fall on Lost Hymn Recordings.
Blackheart Honeymoon are already writing new material for their sophomore album which promises to include more of their heart-felt song crafting, but with even more expansive production techniques. With so many new stories and experiences under their belt, there can be no doubt that their next record will turn even more heads, prick more ears and melt more hearts.
Ian Prebo - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Wesley Amundsen - Upright Bass
Steven Andrea - Electric Guitar
Adrienne Marie Pollock - Keys/Vocals
Dusty Hayes - Drums/Vocals
November 11th, 2015
Finally! The premiere of our first music video - check out "Bodies", which tells the mysterious story of two fateful lovers searching for each other among a backdrop of nearly every tourist-y Seattle landmark you can imagine.
October 22nd, 2015
Another great review of the album - this one out of jolly old England (Liverpool, to be precise)! Thank you Americana UK, for the kind words, hopefully we'll be playing your neck of the woods soon!
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!
That moment when you've officially started pre-production on your 2nd album.
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