just reading that review, I would have no idea what this band sounds like
two tracks I almost love, and none I can say I don't like, although a few borderline
my highest rated new listen in awhile
the clip is not one of those 2 best, but I like it
1.9 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic
from the album - What Makes A Good Man
released August 21st, 2012
Bio - from allmusic
A co-ed quintet from the outskirts of Bath, England, the Heavy draw influence from funk, soul, blaxploitation film
soundtracks, 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, horns riffs, stomping percussion, and soulful Prince-styled
vocals. The photogenic band made its studio debut in 2007, releasing several singles on the London-based Ninja Tunes
label before issuing the full-length Great Vengeance and Furious Fire that fall. An American release followed in
early 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records. the Heavy returned with its sophomore album, The House That Dirt Built in
2009. In 2012, the band delivered the self-produced The Glorious Dead.
Album Review - from allmusic
The Heavy's third studio album, 2012's The Glorious Dead is a bombastic acid rock, funk, and blues-soaked album that
sounds like the illegitimate offspring of the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley. In that sense, it builds nicely upon
The Heavy's previous work and should please fans of the band's quirky take on rootsy soul-influenced music.
Showcasing singer Kelvin Swaby's trademark rough, nasally yawp, The Heavy seem to love building songs around riffs
of low-end electric guitar twang, booming basslines, and wickedly boneheaded, backwoods drumbeats. They also
punctuate these sweaty, red-eyed arrangements with bursts of trombones, trumpets, strings, and backing vocals. The
band kicks things off with the horror movie-inspired zombie-gospel number "Can't Play Dead," featuring Swaby doing
his best swamp blues-style shout over a fuzzed-out electric guitar riff and plodding blues-rock beat backed by what
sounds like a choir of female divas. It's a grand moment of over the top rock that perfectly sets the tone for such
similarly exuberant and soulfully campy moments as the marching band funk of "Big Bad Wolf" and the driving, James
Bond theme-sounding "Don't Say Nothing." Elsewhere, The Heavy delve into various punk, dance, and blues-influenced
sounds including the manic garage rock meets mariachi band anthem "Just My Luck" and "What Makes a Good Man?," which
splits the difference between the retro hip-hop soul of Kanye West's "Gold Digger" and "Discothèque"-era U2.
1. Can't Play Dead
2. Curse Me Good
3. What Makes A Good Man?
4. Big Bad Wolf
5. Be Mine
6. Same Ol'
7. Just My Luck
8. The Lonesome Road
9. Don't Say Nothing
10. Blood Dirt Love Stop