Los Angeles, CA-Jason Young, drummer of Los Angeles rock band The Ruse, has honed his recording skills producing the first two of his band's albums. Like many drummers, Young has boundless energy, something he has channeled into solo recordings under the name Heartour, and he released the project's third album, Ate, on January 11, which is currently available on iTunes and other digital retail outlets. Young writes, produces, and performs all of the instruments on this and all Heartour recordings. But unlike 2006's Five and 2003's Three, Ate features less instrumental tracks and more vocals. 'While I enjoy all of my records I am especially excited about this new one because I feel like it's the first time that I have really found my voice," says Young. "Also my writing is more focused and less experimental than the past two records." Young draws influences as a solo artist from a variety of roots and alt-rock acts such as Nada Surf, Wilco and My Morning Jacket. He also likes the idea of having complete control over a project from start to finish and has very simple goals. "As a music fan I can only hope that my music touches people the same way that so many other peoples music has touched me," he says. As for the name of the project, Young wanted to come up with a moniker that is bigger than him as a person, and something that could have multiple meanings. Or, as Young puts it, "Heartour is 8 words in one and just like the music I want the listener to arrive at their own conclusion as to what the name means to them."
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