Austin post-punk trio Urban Heat has unveiled a brilliant new track that sounds like The English Beat performed a long-lost collaboration with ska era No Doubt, blending new wave sounds with catchy dark pop hooks. “Have You Ever?” features a duet with Los Angeles-based synth/alt-pop producer/songwriter Party Nails.
The song questions everything you’ve been taught,” proclaims vocalist Jonathan Horstmann, “…Those times that truth seems more like a thick fog than a stone tablet.”
Have You Ever? lives in the questions, bringing listeners a relatable anthem. Featuring penetrating basslines, striking synths and attention grabbing melodies, it is a relatable anthem about living in the questions of life. Hortsmann’s throaty baritone provides hints of melancholy in his signature spellbinding journey. Their lyrics delve into timely, socially conscious messages, resulting in a cathartic and nostalgic listening experience as Horstmann muses upon existence and romanticism against a penetrating industrial gothic pulse.
“The track is about finding inspiration in processing life-changing current events, navigating mental health crises as well as exploring the different ways our minds cope with a slow-moving apocalypse,” he says.
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Urban Heat formed in 2019 when multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jonathan Horstmann enlisted Kevin Naquin and Paxel Foley to form a live show based on his analogue sound design. The three Austin music scene vets decided to form a supergroup of diverse rock artists.
“There’s not a ton of other Black musicians in Austin who play rock, and having that representation was important to me. I didn’t wanna be the only Black artist in an otherwise all-white band,” confides Horstmann.
Urban Heat have received acclaim from the likes of KUTX of NPR and are set to perform at Austin City Limits.
The band’s 2022 six-song EP Wellness is a raw and authentic narrative on coping with mental health issues. From the things that trigger us, to the ways we cope, Wellness explores “disenfranchisement, nostalgia, self-doubt, and depression,” confides Jonathan Horstmann. The collection of introspective songs also provides a level of comfort, reminding listeners that they are not alone and we’re all going to get through this together.
Urban Heat is currently on tour. The dates are listed below.
- 10/27/2022 Atlanta, GA Boggs Social & Supply
- 10/28/2022 Lafayette, LA Freetown Boom Boom Room
- 10/29/2022 Buda, TX Buck’s Backyard
- 11/2/2022 Austin, TX The Pink Warehouse
- 11/3/2022 El Paso, TX B-17 Bombers Oyster
- 11/4/2022 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock
- 11/5/2022 Yuma Red Moon Ale House
- 11/6/2022 Long Beach, CA Alex’s Bar
- 11/8/2022 San Francisco, CA Above DNA Lounge
- 11/9/2022 Arcata, CA Arcata Theatre Lounge
- 11/10/2022 Portland, OR The Coffin Club
- 11/11/2022 Seattle, WA Funhouse
- 11/12/2022 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown
- 11/13/2022 Eugene, OR The Big Dirty
- 11/14/2022 Sacramento, CA Cafe Colonial
- 11/16/2022 Las Vegas, NV Artifice
- 12/16/2022 Dallas, TX Ruins
- 12/17/2022 Tulsa, OK The Whittier Bar
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