The Heavy are gonna
funk you up.
By Aaron Kayce
The Heavy began with old friends Kelvin Swaby (vocals) and
Daniel Taylor (guitars) “smoking loads of great green” and tripping out to
music, explains Swaby. Burning with inspiration they would sample old soul
records and beat away on an acoustic guitar. It wasn’t long ‘til they added
bass, drums, keys, backup vocals and a ton of wattage to create a filthy blend
of blues-based soul-funk titled Great
Vengeance & Furious Fire (+1)
and laced with Wu-Tang and cooked in England under high heat.
“That Kind of Man” is a wall of blaxploitation drums and
horns with bleeding guitars and Swaby’s bittersweet falsetto flaming like
Curtis Mayfield. The retro pimp-groove of “Coleen” features sexy Hannah Collins
on support vocals. “Doing Fine,” what Swaby calls “the nucleus” of the album,
is a slow-rolling, haunting lament redolent of early-1970s Memphis.
HOWL AT THE MOON
While they enjoy making records, on stage is where The Heavy tap the
animal inside. “Live is just mental, I love seeing the horror on people’s
faces,” laughs Swaby. “Get ready to howl at the moon when you come see us.”
BETWEEN THE SHEETS
A short album with silky beats, smoldering male-female vocals and plenty
of thrust, it’s no surprise that “lots of people” have told Swaby “they love
having sex to our album.”
WHAT’S IN A
Since they’re all fans of early 70s
horror movies, The Heavy wanted their designation to have a baleful tone.
“The Fog, The Shining, The Brood, it was always kind
of sinister,” says Swaby, “and our lyrical content is quite emotionally heavy,
the beats are heavy, the riffs are heavy, it was quite apt—The Heavy: we’re
coming to get you.”
[Photo Credit: Will Cooper]