Photo by Michael Winters

BUNCH is the new rock outfit led by Alabama native songwriter Heath Underwood (formerly of El Cantador - This Is American Music/Friends Fight Records). This new collection of songs, featured on the 2016 debut release Forever My Sparring Partner, speak to the restless and dissolute, the misunderstood and the forsaken, the lonesome and introspective - it comes from the best we can give and when folks are at their worst. The tone and the sound owe a major debt to artists and recordings of the 70's, and it has the gall to steal a wink at personal guitar/songwriting hero types like Stephen Malkmus, Nick Drake, J Mascis, and Nels Cline.

FMSP was recorded, mixed, and co-produced with Paul Kimsal between October-November 2015 in Nashville, TN, but don't let any preconceived geographical stereotype dictate what that means. Pedal steel guitar and violin strings may weave their way in and out on several of the album's tracks, but this is not a country record; especially, by definition of today's demoralizing polished standards.  Tastes and genre aside, a good song is only great if you let it.