On it, the Indy-based foursome combine soaring vocals, stinging guitars and driving rhythms and channel them into 11 indelible, hook-filled songs that help define the blur between ’70s classic rock, the angst of the Alternative Nation and modern indie-rock. The band consists of brothers Evan Haughey (vocals/guitar) & Matthew Haughey (drums/vocals), along with bassist Dave DuBrava and the most recent addition to the band, guitarist Ken Rose (Marianne Faithfull). Backup Plan was produced and engineered by Paul Mahern (T-Bone Burnett, The Fray, Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Afghan Whigs, etc.) and Ken Rose, and was recorded at both Livingston Studios in London and Mahern’s White Arc Studio in Bloomington, IN.
Some have favorably referred to Hero Jr.’s music as having a radio friendly edge to it, which is certainly true. These aren’t tunes tweely plinked-out on a toy piano with a banana by today’s cool kids, but rather thoughtful, intelligent and expertly performed songs that hit extremely hard – affecting the head, heart and, yes, ass in equal measure.
Hero Jr.’s Backup Plan is out now through Desa Records in CD and Digital formats.
Oct. 25 The Hideaway Saloon, Louisville, KY w/ The Delta Routine
Oct. 26 Hamilton St. Pub, Saginaw, MI
Nov. 02 Fearless Radio Unplugged Studio Session, Chicago, IL
Nov. 02 The Bird’s Nest, Chicago, IL w/ The Delta Routine, The Hawkeyes, Glendenning
Nov. 03 Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN – HERO. JR.’s “Backup Plan” CD Release Show! w/ The Delta Routine, The Hawkeyes
Nov. 04 Scarlet & Grey, Columbus, OH w/ The Delta Routine
Nov. 05 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA w/ The Delta Routine, The Hawkeyes
Nov. 06 HeadHouse Restaurant, Philadelphia PA w/ The Delta Routine, Boy Wonder
Nov. 08 Fontana’s, New York, NY w/ The Delta Routine
Nov 09 The Monkey Wrench, Louisville, KY w/ The Delta Routine
Nov. 10 Lemmons, St. Louis, MO w/ The Delta Routine
Nov 11 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI w/ The Lucas Cates Band
Nov 16 Czar’s 505, St. Joseph, MI w/ The Delta Routine
Nov. 29 Old Haunts, Akron, OH w/ The Hawkeyes
Nov. 30 Legendary Hobbs, Philadelphia, PA w/ The Hawkeyes, Late Ancients
Dec. 01 The Place, Indianapolis, IN w/ The Hawkeyes
Dec. 07 The Crack Fox, St. Louis, MO w/ The Lions of Gatwood
Dec. 15 Rock House, Indianapolis, IN w /Phoenix On The Fault Line, Veseria, Bullet Called Life
Jan. 05 Uncle Slayton’s, Louisville, KY w/ Po’ Brothers
(more dates to be announced soon)