The main title theme “Love in War” and select tracks from episode one of the upcoming Starz wrestling drama Heels—from writer and creator Michael Waldron (Loki, Rick and Morty) and showrunner Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse)—are available for pre-save today, ahead of Sunday’s August 15th series premiere. Weekly episodic playlists featuring a combination of score and source music will be released on Spotify and Apple Music, in conjunction with the episode air dates.
For “Love in War,” series composer Jeff Cardoni (Silicon Valley, The Kominsky Method) collaborated with Ben Bridwell, frontman of the Grammy-nominated American rock group Band of Horses. The main musical theme wasn’t originally in the Cardoni’s line of duties, until music supervisor Jonathan Leahy suggested that he and Bridwell pair up. The artists wrote the song together and Ben lent his vocals, resulting in a soaring main title theme that is emotional, uplifting, and poignant.
Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.