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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Heavy is a quartet of well-mannered lads from Noid, England. They're all deeply enamored with the musical mythos of the American South, from the primal racket of Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf to the horn-dappled soul of the Stax label and the Muscle Shoals studio. The Heavy's debut was an accomplished enough affair, but it was the band's second album, The House That Dirt Built, that really caught fire. That album was propelled into international attention by the success of “How You Like Me Now?," a bit of strutting retro-funk built around a meaty sample of Dyke & the Blazers’ “Let a Woman Be a Woman.” The Glorious Dead follows hot on the heels of this success and sees The Heavy broadening its sound to capitalize on this newfound popularity. The lead single, “What Makes a Good Man,” rides in on a wave of fuzztone braggadocio before building to a delirious climax, complete with massed vocals and swooning strings. It’s all a little over the top, but that, of course, is the point. The rest of Glorious Dead is equally ambitious and uncompromising, including everything from the gutbucket Tom Waits pastiche of “Lonesome Road” to the gentle psychedelic pop of “Be Mine."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Heavy is a quartet of well-mannered lads from Noid, England. They're all deeply enamored with the musical mythos of the American South, from the primal racket of Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf to the horn-dappled soul of the Stax label and the Muscle Shoals studio. The Heavy's debut was an accomplished enough affair, but it was the band's second album, The House That Dirt Built, that really caught fire. That album was propelled into international attention by the success of “How You Like Me Now?," a bit of strutting retro-funk built around a meaty sample of Dyke & the Blazers’ “Let a Woman Be a Woman.” The Glorious Dead follows hot on the heels of this success and sees The Heavy broadening its sound to capitalize on this newfound popularity. The lead single, “What Makes a Good Man,” rides in on a wave of fuzztone braggadocio before building to a delirious climax, complete with massed vocals and swooning strings. It’s all a little over the top, but that, of course, is the point. The rest of Glorious Dead is equally ambitious and uncompromising, including everything from the gutbucket Tom Waits pastiche of “Lonesome Road” to the gentle psychedelic pop of “Be Mine."

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About The Heavy

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 Prince-styled vocals. The photogenic band made its studio debut in 2007, releasing several singles on Counter -- a sublabel of London-based Ninja Tune -- before issuing the full-length Great Vengeance & Furious Fire that fall.

An American release followed in early 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records. The Heavy returned minus Collins with their second album, The House That Dirt Built, in 2009. Its most significant inclusion was easily the Dyke & the Blazers-sampling "How You Like Me Now?," which featured the Dap-Kings Horns, was licensed for films and television ads, and subsequently achieved certified gold status from the RIAA. Three years later, they delivered the self-produced The Glorious Dead. Recorded in Columbus, Georgia, it deepened their connection to Southern soul. The band continued to tour extensively and benefited from media licensing of several other songs. In 2016, the Heavy returned with their fourth studio album, Hurt & the Merciless. A self-produced effort recorded in their hometown of Bath, the album found the band attempting to capture the raw energy of its live shows and earliest demos. Included on the album was the lead single "Since You Been Gone." ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Bath, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2007

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