Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Heavy— Classic Soul— Modern Twists

In Noid, a tiny hamlet situated to the south west of Bath, some of the most dangerous and ill sounding beats and riffs are being created by four wolf like personalities. The Heavy started out ripping and chopping beats from the likes of Bo Diddley, Little Walter and The Parliaments and fusing them with their now patented brand of high grade dirt. Guitar riffs that intoxicate, bass lines that reverberate around your head like a King Jammy dream and vocals that will challenge any of the genres they decide to take on. The Heavy continually cross genres as they as a unit are proud to be completely musically schizophrenic. From country to rhythm and blues, garage punk to rock and roll, Studio one to the slums of shaolin, you'll inevitably discover that The Heavy are indeed like a pack of artistic chemists with the way that genres get cooked up, blended, stirred and then mixed, to create their own unique style of rock and roll.

The album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire released on Counter Records in late 2007 generated a great deal of interest with songs like That kind of man, Girl, Set me free, Coleen and Dignity, firmly laying foundations for the house of type of raw, gritty dirt that they are building at present. There is no other band that sound as raw as The Sonics while holding soul in a headlock and frequently wrestling rock to the ground with the weight of Mr 808 as tag team partner. Listen, then try and tell Louis different.

You will not experience another band like this... So dirty. So much weight. So much energy and laced with a soul that you just don't hear anymore...The Heavy have indeed created a monster. The music is enthralling as it takes you on a journey on which you will never be certain... about the destination. The basis of The Heavy sound is a combination of the pronounced backbeat of hip-hop with late-60s soul.Tracks like "How You Like Me Now" and "Love Like That" sound a lot like a few instrumentals on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. You will enbrace The Heavy's inherent understanding of what it takes to endure this world... and all of the "supernatural" worlds as well.

The band was asked to record a cover of the song "And When I Die" for the fourth season finale of True Blood. The soundtrack for the third season of HBO vampire drama True Blood was eventually nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Award. In our opinion, this was the BEST track on the CD. Unlike Blood Sweat and Tears' version of the song, The Heavy takes it to the core of what it means to die.The track also appeared on the third True Blood soundtrack. "Who Needs The Sunshine?" and was featured in the penultimate episode of the fourth series of Being Human, "Making History". We are predicting great things for this band.

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