the Ashtray Hearts

the Ashtray Hearts

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Taking elements of Americana, folk, alt-country and other influences, the Ashtray Hearts add eclectic instrumentation (horns, organs, accordions) to create their lonely, broken-hearted sound.

Biography

The Ashtray Hearts are a six-piece ensemble from Minneapolis that plays what is best described as ‘apartment music.’ Taking elements of Americana, folk, alt-country and other influences, the Ashtray Hearts add eclectic instrumentation (horns, organs, accordions) to create their lonely, broken-hearted sound.

Perfect Halves is the second long-player from the Ashtray Hearts. The album was recorded at Sacred Heart Studios, a landmark nineteenth century cathedral overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. Recording at the old church during a typical cold and snowy Duluth winter proved to be ideal for the creation of this subtle assembly of wounded songs.

On Perfect Halves, the band continues to refine the lush textures first explored on their debut. Recorded on vintage analog equipment, these recordings capture the Ashtray Hearts as they sound live, with the added warmth and natural reverb offered by the high ceilings of Sacred Heart. The songs, written and refined over the last three years, once again explore the timeless themes of love and loss.

Other information on the Ashtray Hearts and Perfect Halves:
· The Ashtray Hearts toured England, Scotland, and the U.S. in support of their debut Old Numbers (elect003).
· The band recorded a session for legendary BBC DJ Bob Harris during their UK tour.
· The band was featured on a BBC Radio compilation, “Bob Harris Presents vol. 4” which also included tracks from Rosie Thomas, Laura Cantrell, Thad Cockrell and others.
· Perfect Halves was mixed and mastered at Third Ear in Minneapolis with Tom Herbers, who has worked with Low, the Jayhawks, and countless others.
· The Ashtray Hearts have played with The New Pornographers, Richard Buckner, Kelly Willis, Jesse Sykes, Laura Veirs, Jason Ringenberg and others.
· The Ashtray Hearts have been featured in No Depression, The Guardian (UK), City Pages (mpls), Minnesota Monthly, Pioneer Press (St. Paul), Pulse of the Twin Cities, LA Weekly, The Stranger (Seattle), and Willamette Week (Portland).

Discography

Sound files available on theashtrayhearts.com

THE ASHTRAY HEARTS
Perfect Halves(elect004)
“Perfect Halves is the second long-player from the Ashtray Hearts. The album was recorded at Sacred Heart Studios, a landmark nineteenth century cathedral overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. Recording at the old church during a typical cold and snowy Duluth winter proved to be ideal for the creation of this subtle assembly of wounded songs.”

THE ASHTRAY HEARTS
Old Numbers(elect003)
"On their debut Old Numbers, the Ashtray Hearts have created a somber, inviting album that reflects those lonely, hopeless wintry days in a city full of broken hearts, dead dreams and bittersweet memories."
- No Depression (Sep.-Oct. 2002)

Set List

All originals.