For most of the past decade and a half, the Head and the Heart have been one of indie-folk’s most reliable bands. A lot of that has to do with their intricate songwriting and tight-knit group interplay. But just like many others settling into veteran status, they also understand the importance of maintaining their mental health. As singer Jonathan Russell says, managing anxiety with the use of unhealthy habits doesn’t help.
“There’s a blanket of anxiety that rises and falls constantly,” Russell told SPIN editorial director Daniel Kohn backstage at BeachLife Festival. “When you’re first starting out, just like any other 20-something-year-old kid, you just mask [anxiety] with whatever you have access to, which is typically a beer or a shot. But once you start playing for two hours a night, it is not feasible or good for you.”
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