Hey there, you fine purveyors of fine music, The Heavy are howling through town to lay their soul rock vengeance upon us all here in Montreal on Sunday May 11th @ La Sala Rossa.
After absolutely manhandling SXSW, with appearances at the Counter Records Showcase, the +1 House Party, and a still-buzzed-about Playboy Rock the Rabbit party, Noid outfit THE HEAVY are coming back to the States and Canada to plunder our major cities. This time, they come armed with an official North American release (Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, out April 8th, on Ninja Tune rock imprint COUNTER RECORDS in collaboration with PLUS ONE RECORDS) and their signature wolf howl, but in a perfect North American accent.
‘They’ve delivered a bold, uncompromising, barnstorming debut without regard for current trends, fashions, or indie cred. You can dismiss lazy comparisons to Amy Winehouse and “dirty soul”. The coolest thing about Great Vengeance and Furious Fire is it’s too busy kicking your ass to think about just how cool it is.’ - PopMatters
Playboy is on board once again to help The Heavy and the U.S. make nice, with Rock the Rabbit events planned in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. There is a Bunny / Big Bad Wolf gag in here somewhere, but let’s just get to the tour dates:
North American Tour Dates
May 3: San Francisco,CA @ Playboy ‘Rock the Rabbit’ Event at Mezzanine
May 5: San Diego, CA @ Cinco De Mayo Party at The Casbah
May 6: Los Angeles, CA @ Dim Mak Tuesdays at Cinespace
May 7: Los Angeles, CA @ Playboy ‘Rock the Rabbit’ Event at Bordello
May 9: Chicago, IL @ Life During Wartime @ Darkroom, a Playboy 'Rock the Rabbit' Event
May 10: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
May 11: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
May 12: New York, NY @ Playboy ‘Rock the Rabbit’ Event at Le Royale
May 13: New York, NY @ Rehab
May 14: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
FOR A TASTE OF THE REAL LIVE HEAT:
The Heavy 'That Kind of Man' - Live at Transmusicales - Fall 2007
The Heavy 'Coleen' - Live at Transmusicales - Fall 2007
North American Television Performances
Last Call w/ Carson Daly
May 6 at 1:35AM (12:35AM CST) ON NBC
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Head over to Spin.com, where The Heavy have been chosen as Artist of the Day, for a free download of 'Coleen'.
Click on the photo to see a video of The Heavy showing a cantaloupe, some water bottles, and a blow-up doll exactly what happens when they lay their Vengeance upon thee.
And here’s what folks were saying about the band’s short stint in Austin, TX…
'A funk-tastically grimy set… truly heavy on the soul and the sweat.' -Spin.com
'The Heavy creates a one-of-a-kind, retro-soul sound that's heavy, dirty, and funky' -NPR
'Music done right can often flirt with dark forces, and tonight the Heavy summoned that demonic swagger and lived up to their name. There's nothing left to say but that they absolutely brought the house down.' -Austin Chronicle
'A little bit R&B, a little bit rock 'n' roll… Imagine if the White Stripes lived in Detroit when Motown first started its rule and you're halfway there They've got American rock soul for days.' -Wired
'The band plays with real energy and fire. They’re a lovely bunch, too, and I think we’re all pretty damn pleased with ourselves - we went to SXSW and picked a winner.' -WNYC's Soundcheck (New York, NY)
'WXPN put the Ting Tings and N.E.R.D. as two of the top three at SXSW so far, the third being the Heavy, the Brit R&B band who are the beneficiaries of a growing buzz.' –The Philadelphia Inquirer
'One of the big buzz bands of the whole festival and now we all know why' -KCMP (Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN)
'A hyper-sexual Troggs or early-Kinks on steroids… The passionate live show culminates into soulful rock with a dirty mind' -Heeb Magazine
'deep, grimy, visceral soul, of the kind you might get if Screamin' Jay Hawkins played a gig with the Devil sitting in on bass.' -Hartford Courant
The Heavy's limited edition Rock the Rabbit Tshirt is now available for purchase at Playboy.com or by visiting Bloomingdale's stores in the US.
You can catch David Duchovny test drive the Porsche sales rep while listening to The Heavy's 'That Kind of Man' in episode 9 of Showtime's Californication.
'That Kind of Man' on YouTube
Playboy Rock the Rabbit