The Heavy At Bossanova Ballroom With The Peach Kings

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$20 adv. $25 day of show
doors at 730***show at 8

Whilst making their fourth album, The Heavy went through some dark times. There was divorce, near break-ups and the hurdles of everyday life. It all feeds into the Bath quartet’s most exhilarating record yet. “We attack all of these things,” says frontman Kelvin Swaby, “and the only way we know how to do that is by writing incredible music.” Hurt & The Merciless is the sound of a thrilling rock’n’roll band fighting back.

Swaby, guitarist Dan Taylor, bassist Spencer Page and drummer Chris Ellul wanted the album to capture the powerful blasts of their live show. That life-affirming spark of rock’n’roll when anything feels possible is the feeling that sums up The Heavy’s new record. “You realise it’s worth trying to capture that human energy in the room rather than trying to generate it after-the-fact on a computer,” says Taylor. Their big breakthrough track How You Like Me Now? is a prime example of The Heavy’s ethos to date: a swaggering groove built around a sample from a song they cherish. But after a decade spent on the road watching tracks become muscular versions of their recorded counterparts, they were determined to harness their live power in the studio. “It was about trying to capture it at the source,” says Taylor.

If Hurt & The Merciless marks a musical culmination for the quartet, a mesmeric blend of their trademark rock’n’roll classicism and funk and soul grooves with added sonic experimentation, it’s also a personal marker in the band. Swaby, especially, poured himself into the songs.
“The Heavy is a fragile beast but it’s a fragile beast that the four of us understand,” says Swaby. “The band has always been about taking the best part of our influences and making it work. We’ve become really good alchemists to figure out exactly what we need.” Everything they’ve done over the past decade feels like it has been leading to this point. They’ve mixed the lightning bolts of their live show with a batch of their strongest songs yet. It’s the best they’ve ever sounded.

Hurt & The Merciless is released April 1st on Counter Records.
The first single from the album will be Since You Been Gone
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