This British rock & soul -combo kicks ass in a royal manner, but balancing that its music has also a lot of touching tenderness. Regardless of his age Kelvyn Swaby is an old school soul singer and the band’s sound has way more gears than one. The funky rhythms get a cool counterpoint from the heart-rending ballads, while the style mirrors horror movie soundtracks and hiphop as well as psychedelic garage rock.
Swaby and guitar wrangler Dan Taylor became friends in 1998, when they discovered their common passion for old R&B and Jim Jarmusch movies. Pretty soon they were forming The Heavy, although the debut single and album, Great Vengeance & Furious Fire, hit the market only in 2007. The next year the band was mentioned as a hot newcomer in the magazines, like Spin and Rolling Stone. The second album, The House That Dirt Built, came out in 2009. Several films and ads used The Heavy’s songs. The third album required more hatching, but as a result The Glorious Dead is a real killer and was seen on many “best of 2012”-lists. The songs are superb; the energy is devastating and the sound unusually rich in a unique way.