Kingston alt-rockers the Headstones has had yet another hit song climb Billlboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
“Horses“, from their latest album PEOPLESKILLS, first entered the chart May 18 at #10, then rose up to hold the chart’s #3 position for the weeks of June 29 and July 9 – sitting just below the iconic Rolling Stones – before settling in and maintaining its current #5 position near the end of July.
July also marked the one year anniversary of PEOPLESKILLS’ release and three years since the Headstones’ landed their first Billboard #1 hit, “Devils on Fire“.
— headstones (@theheadstones) July 13, 2020
PEOPLESKILLS additionally produced the top 5 Billboard hit “Leave It All Behind” and on vinyl features the excellent tribute cover to Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – with accompanying music videos filmed locally at the Kingston Penitentiary and at nearby Tragically Hip Bathouse Recording Studio in Bath, respectively.
Coupled with these successful singles, PEOPLESKILLS was also nominated for a 2020 JUNO Rock Album of the Year award – the band’s third nomination, following Best Group and Best Rock Album nods in 1996 for Teeth and Tissues.
This year’s JUNO ultimately went to fellow Kingston band The Glorious Sons, although some consolation may be found in recent remarks by Sons’ singer-songwriter Brett Emmons regarding the Headstones and his own early interest in music.
In an interview-style chat between Emmons and Luke Bentham, singer and guitarist for JUNO award-winning The Dirty Nil – likewise nominated for this year’s Rock Album of the Year – Emmons said he liked the Headstones when he was younger and recalled especially enjoying the single “Three Angels” off the Headstones’ 1993 debut LP, Picture of Health. “I wore that one out pretty good as a kid,” Emmons said of the album.
He also recounted that one of first songs he learned on guitar was the Headstones’ cover version of “Tweeter and the Monkey Man“, which Bentham remarked had “reconfigured all the cords” from the Traveling Wilburys’ original.
Unfortunately, the band hasn’t been able to capitalize in recent months on their JUNO nomination or the success of PEOPLESKILLS due to the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt to their tour schedule – something all bands are experiencing – but have addressed the pandemic through the sale of their own Headstones mask with a portion of sales going to COVID-19 relief.
— headstones (@theheadstones) July 20, 2020
Image: Horses video screencap