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Album Review

Bands that look to the '60s and '70s for inspiration are nothing new in the realm of rock music — it seems every year, a new group appears that sounds like they thoroughly studied and regurgitated their parents' album collection. But when you find a band that manages to recall vintage sounds of the past and also put its own unique spin on the proceedings, then you've found something special. And that's exactly what the Heavy accomplish on their sophomore full-length, 2009's House That Dirt Built. Borrowing equally from garage rock and soul sounds from yesteryear (as well as merging in hip-hop beats, to boot), House That Dirt Built is one mightily impressive musical magic carpet ride. Singer Kelvin Swaby has the whole Rob Tyner/soul thang down pat (as evidenced by such ditties as "Love Like That"), and his bandmates keep pace throughout, with explosive rockers ("Oh No! Not You Again!"), Jack White-meets-James Brown grooves ("How You Like Me Now"), and a lush sonic sign-off ("Stuck"). Vintage rock revival done right.

Customer Reviews

Looks like Rock has a new prodigy

Every so often a band comes around that brings something new to the table but stays true to the sounds that have obviously inspired it. The Heavy may just be the next big thing (at least I hope so). Absolutely fantastic. For those of you who are fond of the old sounds from the 60s and 70s this is for you. Those who love modern artist like Jack White who put a twist on the old, this is also for you. Every song in the album is meant to be there, no filler, just soul.

Great Album

The Soulful beats, sick vintage 60's garage band riffs and great lyrics make this album a must buy! In a cookie cutter pop world The Heavy shows inginuity and style while maintaining a refreshing and dynamic sound throughout the album, form definately follows function and the function of this album is stand up and groove!


I like the vocals. But most of your beats and such sound like old songs with new vocals. Short change hero by far is best song.


Formed: 2007 in Bath, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bath, England's the Heavy draw influence from funk, soul, hip-hop, and the gritty garage rock of the Sonics. Guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby became friends in the 1990s, bonding over a shared appreciation for vintage R&B and Jim Jarmusch films. Joined by bassist Spencer Page, drummer Chris Ellul, and keyboardist Hannah Collins, the two launched their own act -- the Heavy -- and began combining Taylor's distorted guitars with lo-fi samples, horn riffs, stomping percussion, and soulful...
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