Have you ever been to a school dance or company Christmas party that had a live party band? My senior prom featured a live party band from Atlanta of what my memory says was 30+ middle-aged black musicians absolutely getting down in the funkiest way I had ever witnessed in my young life. I danced my heart out while trying to cop a feel through the multiple layers of crinoline lining my girlfriend’s dress. I was a failure on both fronts, but I had fun trying.
The Heavy is that band to the nth degree. And please don’t get me wrong; I mean that as the highest compliment. First and foremost, The Heavy is a fun band. They are funky as all get out and they will rock your freaking socks off.
The amount of funk that The Heavy brings on Hurt & The Merciless is remarkable. The piano, horns, and wah-wah pedal mixed with low-end guitars and tabernacle choir style back-up vocals give it a rocking funk sound. This is a hand-clapping, get up and dance type of album. Seriously, it is hard to sit still while listening to this record.
Hurt & The Merciless slows down in a couple of spots, but those songs still move you. This is a crowd-pleasing album that will have your friends asking you “Who is this band? Where did you hear about them?”
My favorite track: The Apology