Heron is a post-rock instrumental collective hailing from northwestern Pennsylvania. Their transcendent sound blends resonant, melodic elements with darker and more ambient tones. The group members are as follows: Ben Blick and Boyd Lewis (guitars), Eric Morelli (bass), and Nate Blick (drums and percussion). The band has its creative roots in Ben and Nate’s literal backyard in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, where they started making music together as teenage boys in their parents’ shed, playing old-school hardcore.
Heron’s music is an emotionally evocative and vividly dynamic musical narrative with underpinnings that call to mind This Will Destroy You, Sigur Ros, The Appleseed Cast, and Pink Floyd. Recorded live and locally, it is more of a composite sound experience than a series of songs, and its spacious vibes blur the lines of generic appeal, engaging listeners of diverse ages and musical tastes.
You Are Here Now is the title of their debut album, and while that declaration may seem to address the listener, it is also symbolic for the band members themselves; it is like a snapshot earmarking a significant stop during a long journey. Coming as so many modern post-rockers have from a youth spent in post-hardcore, brothers Ben and Nate Blick have spent the better part of a decade and a half playing music together, leading up to this exact point. Joined by bandmates Boyd Lewis and Eric Morelli, You Are Here Now is drawn from the archives of a year spent jamming once a week, recording every practice until they were able to crystallize all of their shared ideas into seven songs that best represent exactly who they are at this moment.