Even though The Empty Hearts band features members of Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings and The Romantics—as well as being christened by Little Steven Van Zandt from his super-secret list of unused band names—this is no cynically constructed super group.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke, two-time Grammy nominee and MTV Video of the Year Award winning guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist Andy Babiuk and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Wally Palmar have parlayed a combined lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll into new kind of garage rock, a sterling collection of influences that include ‘50s American roots rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s British Invasion and ‘70s garage-punk that is anything but retro, rather a refreshing return to core musical values.
The band’s newly released, The Second Album is loaded with great rock ‘n’ roll, and features 13 tracks of skillfully-crafted pop/rock music. Ringo Starr guests on drums on one track, and that’s a heck of an endorsement.
I’ve been playing tracks form this record on Radio Free Charleston for a few weeks now, and it’s a breath of fresh air in a year really needed one.
You can order this album on vinyl, or CD from their website, or you can find it on most streaming services.
It’s the perfect gift for fans of good old rock ‘n’ roll. Just give it a listen…