Sulek - Devil's Grin

 In April, I teamed up with photographer Danielle Burren to produce a music video for Sulek's "Devils Grin" from their album "Unbound at Last". The video was recorded live at Mad Planet in Milwaukee, WI.

The Owl Magazine Review

Hear This: Justin Heron
by Chandler Elena
Photography by: Danielle Burren
 The sincerity of Justin Heron‘s music doesn’t need any reinforcement from the chapel it was recorded in. From the withdrawn “Maybe It’s Best” to the more outgoing opener “Lay Me Down,” Heron implements the instrumentation of contemporary folk with an added element of traditional rock on his new EP. While the Milwaukee musician has been likened to the hushed tones of Sam Beam, the closing half of final track “Lullaby” showcases the somber tones of In Rainbows, leaving no evidence for an argument attempting to establish a narrow range of influences. Having already played a series of local shows and taken time to begin writing a full-length debut, it seems there will be more to keep an eye out for from this burgeoning singer/songwriter.

Original Article

Midweek Mixtape: Justin Heron

Mod City Magazine
By Stephanie Noel — March 20, 2013
Original Article

Photography by: Elizabeth Hooser

Justin Heron is a singer,songwriter and audio engineer out of Milwaukee. Heron has been on both sides of the recording studio, having produced two albums for Milwaukee based artist Sulek, as well as recently releasing his own debut album “The Justin Heron EP.” Heron thrives on creating and producing work that is above the mainstream. His personal musical style is one that is somewhat mysterious, with chilling vocal tracks and industrial guitar sounds. Heron aims to deliver work that is unlike anything else out there. When not in the studio producing or recording, Heron can be found playing shows in and around Milwaukee and the Chicagoland area.

With Heron’s well versed background in music we here at Mod City found it only fitting to have him be one of our guest DJ’s for our Midweek Mixtape column! Heron spent a lot of time creating a playlist that was more than just a playlist for our readers, but rather a musical experience. ”Some of my favorites right now are “I wish,” “Count Me In” and “That’s What Good Friends Do.” I built the playlist around those, having started with 45 songs and narrowing them down. The idea was for the listener to be shot out of a cannon from reality into introspection,” said Heron.

Make sure to “like” Heron on Facebook and follow him Twitter.

Now, sit back and get ready to go on a musical ride!

Leicester Bangs Review

Justin Heron’s debut release is a five track EP that showcases his folk-rock style, whilst leaving plenty of space for the myriad influences that have shaped his musical upbringing. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native plays regularly in and around his hometown, either solo or as part of a trio (with drummer, Nez and bassist Sam Matteson), and it’s this line-up who play on the EP, with assistance from Patrick Joseph Hoctor on cello and Kristina Priceman on violin.

Produced by Heron and recorded in the chapel of the Milwaukee Newman Center, there’s no shortage of dark atmosphere present throughout the five tracks, and on occasion the effect is quite haunting and ethereal, without succumbing to anything approaching the staged trappings of contemporary Goth.

The EP begins with the crashing intro of “Lay Me Down” though the track soon settles into something more arranged and almost anthemic. Indeed the dynamic acoustic guitars and big chorus bring to mind The Levellers. Middle track “Rag Doll” isn’t as easy to pin down. The soaring vocal, sweeping arrangement, strings and sentiments make it the standout three and a half minutes, from an EP that’s never less than impressive.

Phil S.
Leicester Bangs

Rag Doll on YouTube

 "Rag Doll" has reached 400 plays on YouTube! The video features the artwork of David Leiberg. David does all the sand painting for Fill These Hearts and teaches classes at UWM Milwaukee. He was kind enough to donate a piece for Rag Doll. Please do us a HUGE favor and "like" our video on! Help us get to 800 views! Thank you for your support <3

For more information on David Leiberg visit his website.

Stephanie Noel of Mod City Magazine Talks About "The Justin Heron EP"

"Heron delivers a sensational first effort with his debut album,The Justin Heron EP. Heron masters a gritty, back to basics sound, eliminating any unnecessary production and keeping the record simple. Songs such as "Rag Doll" (the single off the record) contain lyrics that bring symbolism to life in an artistic way. Heron's soft and chilling vocals also add a sense of mystery to each track. Anyone who considers themselves an indie music fan should familiarize themselves with Justin Heron as he is one of the up and coming talents out of the Milwaukee's music scene."

-Stephanie Noel
Music Columnist for ModCityMag.Com

Milwaukee Magazine Review

If you follow Milwaukee music and the name Justin Heron doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t feel too bad. After all, save for lending stage support to At Latl and Sulek shows or playing the occasional Linneman’s or Circle-A supporting solo slot, the Milwaukee-by-way-of-Memphis songwriter has kept fairly quiet, electing instead to ply his expertise behind the glass as a producer on such noted local releases as Sulek’s encouraging 2011 album Unbound At Last.

That’s not to suggest Heron puts his own music on the back burner. Last June, he told us he shortened and delayed his debut release because he wasn’t satisfied with six of the 11 songs he’d recorded. The remnants of that – the days old The Justin Heron EP – bear the fruits of the namesake’s meticulous attention to detail with five carefully crafted and expertly arranged songs.

An uncharacteristically loud opening barrage of percussion and electric guitar of “Lay Me Down” sets The Justin Heron EP bounding out the gates, only for the song to ease into subdued folk realm that the EP occupies for much the next four songs. As the opener continues, Heron’s building bellows of “Lay me down, lay me down to sleep” and clean acoustic strumming are backed by drums and subtle accompaniment of string instruments.

The strings – specifically Kristina Priceman’s violin and cello work from Sulek’s Patrick Hoctor – up the ante in should-be single “Rag Doll,” as they cushion the sharp corners of Heron’s earnest lyrics and cutting melodies. Recorded in the chapel of The Newman Center at UW-Milwaukee, the EP totes an aura of clean simplicity – no doubt thanks to Heron’s production values. Sometimes, though, those same values (read: the use of strings and inventive harmonies) prove to be all that holds songs like “Maybe It’s Best” and “Until You Learn” back from being too safe and restrained for consumption.

The waning minute of closer “Lullaby” finds the 17-minute EP tiptoeing away from its folk wheelhouse. As cymbals crash, the guitar amp is turned back on and Heron’s distorted “Ohhhh!” weaves waywardly around it all. It hints at an artist who wants to show something more. In all, The Justin Heron EP is a shy-yet-sturdy introduction that ensures the talented musician and skilled producer’s name will only become more familiar to local music fans in no time.

by Tyler Mass
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The Justin Heron EP Release

The new ep is available digitally at your favourite music vendor! There is currently plans to release physical copies in the future, but there isn't a release date set as of recently. Thank you so much for listening, please enjoy <3