The Empty Hearts
Wally Palmar Vocals/rhythm guitar/harp [The Romantics]
Elliot Easton guitar [The Cars]
Andy Babiuk bass [The Chesterfield Kings]
Clem Burke drums [Blondie]
“You can make it if you try/Take a little time/I can help you find a way to/Fill an empty heart.”
Even though THE EMPTY HEARTS feature 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 their self-titled 429 Records debut, 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.
There’s the clarion power chords of The Who’s “I Can’t Explain” in “Soul Deep”, the Stones-by-way of Chuck Berry twang of “Drop Me off at Home,” the Yardbirds’ bluesy R&B of “Meet Me Around the Corner,” the Led Zeppelin epic sweep of “Loud and Clear,” the “Wild Horses”/ “Dead Flowers” country-rock of “I Found You Again” and the Faces’ “Stay with Me” party vibe in “I Don’t Want Your Love.”