Heartour is the creative outlet/alter ego of popular Los Angeles based band The Ruse’s drummer Jason Young. Having been a member of touring bands since he was a teenager, Young began recording solo material as Heartour in 2002. Ever since the first release in 2003 (Three), Young has been extra prolific, in addition to producing and performing with The Ruse he has dropped a full solo album every couple years.
Influenced heavily by big sounding bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin as well as contemporary acts My Morning Jacket, LCD Soundsystem and Metric , Heartour’s progressive Electronic sound has grown by leaps and bounds with each project. However it was not until 2009’s Ate that he began to believe that he had something more than a pet project. The positive fan and critical feedback made it clear that the music he was making had a space in the marketplace. With renewed energy and new ideas Young released his best work to date in early 2011 in the form of Submarine Sounds.
With the freedom and ability to produce, write and perform all instruments, Heartour decided to make a completely digital album. Taking full advantage of the litany of music technology on the market, he purposefully negated live instruments giving the album a heavily synthesized 1980’s sounding vibe. The sound resonates so much so that it also influenced the albums title. “It sort of has this underwater feel to it with all the reverbs and squishy tones” says Heartour. He plans to release at least two videos supporting the project in the coming months.
Heartour has successfully harnessed a fun, eclectic and outside the box sound that everyone should hear.