Tuesday, December 1, 2009

About Music - The Heavy

The Heavy are an English indie rock band from Noid, England. Combining crunchy guitar, funky horns, and Prince-like vocals, The Heavy play a mix of guitar heavy, hip-hop soul. The core of the group, guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby, who became friends over a decade again, when they bonded over vintage R&B. Swaby’s parents were one of the first West Indian families to move to Bath. One of eleven siblings, he grew up surrounded by reggae, Prince and Two Tone as well as the hip hop. The rest of the band is made up by the "kings of rhythm", drummer Chris Ellul, and bassist Spencer Page.

After releasing two singles in the fall of 2007, The Heavy released their first LP Great Vengeance and Furious Fire on 17 September, 2007 in the United Kingdom and 8 April, 2008 in the United States. 'That Kind of Man' their first single from the album was recorded by at Alpha's studio and released on Alpha's record label Don't Touch Recordings before Ninja Tune heard it and promptly signed them.

On 26 March, 2008, The Heavy were the Artist of the Day in Spin Magazine. The band were also tipped in Rolling Stone's Hot List in May 2008. They played in the 2008 South By Southwest music festival on the 89.3 The Current stage and collected one of the Best Discovery awards in Spin Magazine's Best and Worst of SXSW '08. They appeared on Johnny Cash Remixed LP (2009) with the remixed version of "Do My Time".

The Heavy’s second album, ‘The House That Dirt Built’ is out on Counter Records on 5th October 2009. With a background in the joys of sampling and a foreground in scuzzy guitar, bass and beaten up drums, with schizo music tastes and a West Country pace, they’ve been building brick by dirty brick. Now they’d like to welcome you into their beautiful home for a little nose around, a kind of party if you like. And if a little blood gets spilled then that’s just how it is. Nobody said it was going to be a spread from Hello magazine. It will, though, be the best party you’ve ever been to. Findout more about them at: http://www.theheavy.co.uk/

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