The Honest Heart Collective is a soulful, folk-rock 4-piece band with a punk mentality. They hail all the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario and on August 21st at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, they will compete to become the Edge Next Big Thing.
The band was created by brothers Ryan and Nick MacDonald who have come a long way since their days of being in separate bands. “My brother and I used to be in different hard-core bands and once we split, all we really did was play music together,” said lead singer Ryan MacDonald. “We weren’t sure of any of genre to play at the time, so that’s when I started to write folk music.”
They consider Gaslight Anthem and the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, as inspiration for their music. In fact, attending a Springsteen concert a few years ago is what got the brothers motivated to make their own music.
“After that Springsteen concert and seeing the different musicians up on stage, that’s what really inspired us to play the music we play now. Reassuring the idea that music, and writing impactful music, would inspire us and our fans as we grow as a band,” says MacDonald.
Since then, Ryan focused on folk songs that featured a punk-rock attitude. “Once we started playing, everything became more of an electric rock sound with a folk feeling to it.”
With almost 40 shows and multiple tours under their belt, they released their first full-length record Liars Club back in April which includes the hit single “Haymaker”. “You can tell by our hard-core, punk feel, that our music is telling a story. A journey of ups and downs. To me that’s where our inspiration comes from and we incorporated that into our album,” said MacDonald.
Lead singer Ryan MacDonald also said that he and his bandmates are extremely grateful to make it to the final six of the Next Big Thing. “The support we’ve had on this adventure has been unreal. Our fans, friends, and family have been encouraging and supportive that we take that on stage with us. For us, being so far away, we had to work so much harder to get to where are now. A lot of hard was put into this and we know we have a lot more work to do regardless of the outcome,”
A strong work ethic and motivation are significant reasons why the band believes they have what it takes to win the Next Big Thing.
For more information and to listen to the full-length record, go to: https://thehonestheartcollective.bandcamp.com/
Ryan MacDonald (vocals/guitar)
Nick MacDonald (bass/vocals)
Jay Savage (drums)
Kevin Heerema (guitar)