Hanging Hearts is a free-spirited, Chicago-based trio described by European audiences as "hammering the walls between genres." Bridging the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music, the band offers listeners what is ultimately their own tribal music--a combination of their varying musical backgrounds ranging from jazz and classical, to funk, alternative soul, and full on metal. Each a bandleader and composer in their own right, Hanging Hearts features Chris Weller on tenor and bass saxophones, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums.
In June 2016, Hanging Hearts went back into the studio at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI with drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus as producer to make their second album, Into a Myth. A strong step forward from their last, the record features eight cut-to-the-chase originals referencing various themes from creation myths to cosmic rights of passage. Into a Myth releases on June 9, 2017 on the Minneapolis-based label Shifting Paradigm Records with supporting U.S. tours.
Released June 9, 2017
Chris Weller - saxophone
Cole DeGenova - keyboards
Devin Drobka - drums
Dave King - tambourine (track 2)
Produced by Dave King
Recorded at Howl Street Recordings
Mastered by Huntley Miller, HM Mastering.
Hanging Hearts debut album released October 24, 2014.
Devin Drobka (drums & percussion) and Chris Weller (tenor/bass saxophone & effects) are two long-time musical friends from Chicago and Milwaukee (USA) that bring a rock edge to their improvised music. Starting as college roommates, the two have collaborated for a decade in various groups, including the Chicago-based trio Hanging Hearts, and Devin's own Bell Dance Songs.
In October 2015, Devin and Chris recorded their first album as a duo, Blues Town, at Shane Hochstetler’s studio Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, WI. The album features a few melodies that have resonated with the two for years, including the title track “Blues Town” and “Scarecrow” from Devin’s first record as a leader, and the comedically-named song “Doo-Wop” from the self-titled Hanging Hearts album. “Appy Happle,” the improvised piece that is Track 2 on Blues Town, gives a tip of the hat to the Minneapolis-based band Happy Apple, one of the duo’s musical inspirations. Any way you cut it, Blues Town is a moment captured in time that gives the listener insight into the deep musical connection had by Devin Drobka and Chris Weller. Blues Town will be released on April 21st, 2017 on Shifting Paradigm Records (Minneapolis) with a supporting European Tour.