Continuing Saga of the Heise Bros.
Zeigeist- 12/06 I've only recently become acquainted with music of The Heise Brothers but one of the advantages of turning up late to the party is not having to wait so long for the next one. And so it is that mere months after first encountering 'Listen And Learn With The Heise Brothers', the follow up has arrived. Pity the fools who had to wait a full year. The brothers are claiming a Stones meets Jefferson Airplane meets Cracker influence and I certainly get the Cracker vibe. But I'm hearing Mink DeVille and Little Steven in there as well. The boys are at their best when they get all serious which is why 'Seven Long Years' and 'Island Wake' are the highlights, with the latter being their Jefferson Airplane make a spaghetti western moment. They're less impressive when they attempt levity which is why the skip button leaps into action on 'Throw Them Kisses, Woody Allen', despite the cracking guitar part. Another splendid outing for The Heise Brothers but curses to the time I'll spend waiting for the next one. Indie Music Stop- 12/06 Style: Rock/Alt Rock Rating: 8.0 out of 10 By Staff Reviewer Dias Nelson Heise former member and founder of the band Monkey Juice (a Minneapolis Punk Band) and his brother Robert Heise former bass player of Monkey Juice joined forces to form The Heise Bros and have delivered two full length albums since there 11 year stint in Monkey Juice ended. The Continuing Saga of The Heise Bros is their sophomore project coming after there debut album Listen and Learn. I ran through this album the first time with really no pre conceived expectation of style or genre. What I found was a well produced and very witty collection of songs. The music had a real laid back feel that reminded me of Tom Petty and Ween as well as some bands listed as their influences, The Kinks and The Velvet Underground. The production seemed to have a great twist or turn every time you thought that maybe you were settling in for the ride. In visual terms it was like a cruise down a forgotten highway where the scenery changes with every corner that you take. A great use of guitar, keyboard and vocal sounds can be found on this album, my only complaint would be that the drums seemed to lag a bit behind the rest of the music but over all a great effort. Nelson Heise who besides writing and playing songs on the record shows a great talent and ear for music with his production. The writing on this album complements the production well, the two really go hand in hand. Songs like (Buttons for Lisa) and (Revenge of the Self Imposed Hero) seem to work right into your head really giving the audience content and something to listen and groove to. If I had one complaint about this album it would be that the music seems to move along with the same feel not a huge amount of difference between each song and by the end of the album the music seemed to run a bit together making it hard to keep my attention. For the most part what gave this album it's edge is the witty production and catchy songwriting I look forward to seeing what comes next for these brothers from New Concord Ohio. Born a Leo in New Concord, Ohio in 1977; Nelson Heise began his musicial career by avoiding piano and French horn lessons as an adolescent, only to find a love for rock 'n' roll and the guitar in his teenage years. In 1995 he formed the group Munkey Juice and MJ's Career spanned 11 years. Nelson also played in the bands Jackass, The Gidddyup Jesus and The Altergnats. Influenced heavily by The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Pixies and Camper Van Beethoven he has been writing origanl material since the early days of MJ. In 1980, another Heise was born in the sign of the Taurus. Robert Heise is the co-founding member of Munkey Juice, and Nelson's younger brother. Not intially inclined to music as much as his brother, Robert devoted much of his youth to athletics (which would come in handy given his stage performance with the Juice). In need of a bass player, Nelson recruited Robert to become the bass man for MJ, and thus the musicial union was born. Much like Dave Davies, Ray Davies younger brother of the Kinks, Robert's songwriting can be overshadowed by his older brother's, but don't take Robert's contributions lightly; he also has the gift of song.