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The Heavy

April 2nd, 2016

Formed:
Bath, England

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






The Heavy

Biography

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

Top Albums


1. Hurt & t..

2. The House Th..

3. The Glorious..

4. Great Vengea..

5. How You Like..

6. Play for Rea..

7. Can't Play D..

8. No Time - EP

9. Curse Me Goo..

10. What Makes A..

11. Coleen Remix..

12. In the Morni..

13. That Kind of..

14. How You Like..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
How You Like Me NowHouse That Dirt Built3:37$0.99
2.
Short Change HeroHouse That Dirt Built5:22$0.99
3.
Turn UpHurt & the Merciless3:27$1.29
4.
Since You Been GoneHurt & the Merciless3:09$1.29
5.
What Happened to the Love?Hurt & the Merciless3:15$1.29
6.
Mean Ol' ManHurt & the Merciless3:56$1.29
7.
ApologyHurt & the Merciless3:16$1.29
8.
What Makes A Good Man? (Original Ver..What Makes A Good Man? - Si..3:46$0.69
9.
Short Change HeroStrike Back (Original Telev..5:20$1.29
10.
Same Ol'Glorious Dead (Bonus Video ..3:59$0.99
11.
Not the OneHurt & the Merciless3:52$1.29
12.
Goodbye BabyHurt & the Merciless3:34$1.29
13.
Slave to Your LoveHurt & the Merciless2:59$1.29
14.
Last ConfessionHurt & the Merciless4:37$1.29
15.
Miss CaliforniaHurt & the Merciless4:35$1.29
16.
Nobody's HeroHurt & the Merciless3:57$1.29
17.
How You Like Me Now? (Raffertie Remi..How You Like Me Now? - Sing..3:50$1.29
18.
Can't Play DeadGlorious Dead (Bonus Video ..4:20$0.99
19.
How You Like Me NowHow You Like Me Now - EP3:37$0.99
20.
Set Me FreeGreat Vengeance and Furious..3:35$0.99
21.
Coleen (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns)Great Vengeance and Furious..2:59$0.99
22.
Ghost You Can't ForgetHurt & the Merciless3:22$1.29
23.
How You Like Me NowNext Goal Wins (Original So..3:34$1.29
24.
And When I DieTrue Blood, Vol. 3 (Music f..4:43
25.
And When I DieTrue Blood (Music from the ..4:43

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