The Heavy make the kind of dirty, guitar-scorched hip-hop soul which leads you into temptation. And then you’re going to burn. The dark side of four boys from Bath, the beast of Bodmin Moor, half man/half wolf, The Heavy specialize in making everything wrong sound right. So successful are they, so good does it feel, so natural, that voodoo filth will be pouring through you before you know what’s going on.
The core of The Heavy are Swaby and Taylor, who have known each other for a decade. Swaby’s parents were one of the first West Indian families to move to Bath. One of eleven siblings, he grew up surrounded by reggae, Prince and Two Tone as well as the hip-hop he embraced so fervently. When he met Taylor they bonded over vintage rhythm and blues and the movies of Jim Jarmusch.
Despite starting with an Atari and a four track, the pair soon recruited Ellul(drums) and Page (bass) and began gigging as a four piece. Perhaps their unique sound is in part the result of coming from a town they describe as ‘the graveyard of all ambition.’ Either that or they’re just lunatics. At the end of the day, who cares as long as it sounds this good?
Performed by The Heavy
Courtesy of Counter Records
By arrangement with Ninja Tune Records
Written by K. Swaby, D. Taylor, S. Page
Published by Just Isn’t Music
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