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Cut Loose with the Heavy Tomorrow Night at Webster Hall

June 11th, 2013

It began in the ’90s, when singer Kelvin Swaby and guitarist Dan Taylor bonded over common interests in classic R&B and Jim Jarmusch flicks in South West England. From there, the two joined drummer Chris Ellul and bassist Spencer Page to form the Heavy, making a guitar-heavy rock-soul hybrid, highlighted by Swaby’s vocals, which earned him heady comparisons to Prince and Curtis Mayfield. The quartet first released several singles before their debut LP, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire, came out in 2007. Their next album, The House That Dirt Built, followed two years later, and, thanks to smash single “How You Like Me Now,” it earned the Heavy (above, doing “What Makes a Good Man” on Last Call with Carson Daly) appearances on TV and in soundtracks. But the quartet headed to Columbus, Ga., to record last year’s The Glorious Dead (stream it below). With its blues, funk and acid-rock influences, Allmusic praised the album as “the illegitimate offspring of the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley.” Do yourself a favor and go see them play Webster Hall tomorrow night.