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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

The Best Sounding Album of 2009

After hearing 1 track I bought this album and bought a copy for a friend of mine for Christmas. Its very funky and very rocking at times and is akin to the Black Keys or Cold War Kids but with more of a James Brown vibe.

Seriously recommend this album.

Why did it take so long......

.....for me to hear about The Heavy! It's like all my favourite bands & old soul greats got together for a massive jam session with all my favourite turntablists mashing the beats! Absolutely amazing stuff. I just wish I'd discovered them earlier! So funky so soulful & so heavy! Booooom!!!!

"There's nothing wrong with you..."

"...Nice of you to say. But you of all people should know.. There's plenty wrong with me!"

I've only bought the 1 track so far; 'Short Change Hero' after hearing it on the Batman Arkham City: Gameplay Trailer. But the song is really good. Nice vocals and lyrics, a good rolling beat and guitar hook.


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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