The Heavy (band)
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The Heavy playing at Bowery Ballroom in New York City in 2010
|Origin||Bath, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Neo soul, indie rock, funk, blues|
|Labels||Counter / Ninja Tune|
The Heavy are Kelvin Swaby (Vocals), Dan Taylor (Guitar), Spencer Page (Bass) and Chris Ellul (Drums). Taylor and Swaby became friends in 1998 when they bonded over vintage R&B music and Jim Jarmusch films and soon formed the band.
The Heavy released two singles in the last half of 2007. "That Kind of Man," the first single, was released on Don't Touch Recordings and mixed by Corin Dingley before Ninja Tune discovered it and promptly signed the band, Kelvin, Dan and Corin. The Heavy released their first album Great Vengeance and Furious Fire on September 17, 2007 in the United Kingdom and 8 April 2008 in the United States.
On 26 March 2008, The Heavy were the Artist of the Day in Spin. The band was also mentioned in the Rolling Stone Hot List in May 2008. They played at the 2008 South By Southwest music festival on the 89.3 The Current Stage and collected one of the Best Discovery awards in Spin Magazine's Best and Worst of SXSW 2008.
Musical style 
The Heavy play a mix of guitar-heavy neo soul and rock using crunchy guitar, funky horns, and Curtis Mayfield-like vocals. Their songs incorporate many different styles; for example, "Sixteen" samples the horn line from Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You". "How You Like Me Now?" samples the song "Let a Woman Be a Woman" by Dyke & the Blazers. "Oh No! Not You Again" emulates garage rock; and "Girl" is a combination of spoken word and rap sampled from Terry Reid's "Superlungs".
In media 
"How You Like Me Now?" is featured in several television series episodes: the sixth season finale of Entourage; the fourth episode of Community; the third episode of Rookie Blue; and the second season summer finale of White Collar. The song is featured throughout the 2010 feature film The Fighter. It is also featured on the soundtrack of the baseball video game MLB 10: The Show. It was featured in the 2011 film Horrible Bosses as well as the trailer for The Change-Up. It was also featured in the alternate ending for the film Limitless. The song is also played on the soundtrack of the film This Means War. The song was also used in a Kia Sorento television commercial, which was broadcast during Super Bowl XLIV, appears in the soundtrack for Driver: San Francisco along with songs "Big Bad Wolf" and "The Sleeping Ignoramus" and it was used throughout The Fighter featuring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. The song was used in pro skateboarder Torey Pudwill's Big Bang video in the summer of 2011. The song was also used in a commercial for Strongbow cider in the UK. It was recently featured on the Ted movie trailer. The song is also the theme song to MLB Network's television show, Intentional Talk and for MSNBC's afternoon broadcast of Martin Bashir. The song is also featured in the closing credits of Borderlands 2.
"How You Like Me Now?" could be heard at blaring over the speakers at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL, the election night location for United States President Barack Obama, just after the projected results for Ohio were announced. The Electoral College votes from Ohio clinched the 2012 Presidential re-election for the president.
The band played the song on the Late Show with David Letterman on 18 January 2010; this was the first time that Letterman had ever asked a musical artist to perform an encore on his show. On 9 June 2010 "How You Like Me Now?" was featured in the opening montage of Hockey Night in Canada's broadcast of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. "That Kind of Man" from the band's first album was featured in "Filthy Lucre", an episode of the series Californication. The song "Colleen" from the band's first album was featured in "Play the Man", an episode of the USA network television show Suits. The show also used "What Makes a Good Man" for the Season 2 promo, "Can't Play Dead" in episode "Zane vs. Zane" and "Short Change Hero" in episode "War".
"Short Change Hero", from The Heavy's second album, has been used in the 2010 film Faster, the intro for NHL 13 by EA Canada, and has been used in a trailer for Batman: Arkham City, which has been named accordingly. It was also used in the opening cutscene of Borderlands 2, along with "How You Like Me Now?" used in the game's ending credits. An instrumental jazz version of "Short Change hero" later appeared in Poker Night 2, which featured characters from Borderlands. "Short Change Hero" was used as the theme for the first, second and third seasons of Strike Back. It has also been used in season three of The Vampire Diaries and also in the last episode of season 2 of Suits. The band was asked to record a cover of the song "And When I Die" for the fourth season finale of True Blood. It also appeared on the third True Blood soundtrack. "Who Needs The Sunshine?" was featured in the penultimate episode of the fourth series of Being Human, "Making History". The song was also featured in a promo for the new Cinemax series Hunted. Short Change Hero is also being used to promote the new season of Longmire on A&E Memorial Day.
The band's third album The Glorious Dead was released on 21 August 2012 via Counter Records/Ninja Tune. The band undertook an extensive tour of the United States throughout August/September 2012 with sponsorship from the American beer company Miller Lite. The band also announced a string of European dates to support the The Glorious Dead, which are scheduled for October/November 2012. A single from the album entitled "Don't Say Nothing" was included in the FIFA 13 soundtrack.
"Big Bad Wolf" was used in the episode 'Brotherfae of the Wolves' of the Canadian TV show Lost Girl.
Studio albums 
Studio albums 
|2007||Great Vengeance and Furious Fire||—||—|
|2009||The House That Dirt Built
|2012||The Glorious Dead
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
- "That Kind of Man" (2007)
- "Set Me Free" (2008)
- "Oh No! Not You Again!" (2009)
- "Sixteen" (2009)
- "How You Like Me Now?" (2009)
- "No Time" (2009)
- "Short Change Hero" (2009)
- "What Makes a Good Man?" (2012)
- "Can't Play Dead" (2012)
- Verve Remixed Christmas (2008)
- Johnny Cash Remixed (2009)
- Contraband - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2012)
- "MTV: Iggy Q&A with The Heavy". Mtviggy.com. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- The Heavy at Spin Magazine Online
- "MPR: The Current Music Blog: The Current's SXSW line-up". Minnesota.publicradio.org. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- SXSW '08: SPIN's Best and Worst at Spin Magazine Online
- "Who Sampled Who, The Heavy How You Like Me Now". Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- "Kia Motors". Kia. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- Myspace. "Dig This Song: "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy | MLive.com". Blog.mlive.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "KCRW Exclusive: The Heavy Cover Blood Sweat & Tears for True Blood Finale | KCRW Music Blog". Blogs.kcrw.com. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "The Glorious Dead / The Heavy / Releases / Ninja Tune". Ninjatune.net. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "European Tour Announced / The Heavy / Headlines / Ninja Tune". Ninjatune.net. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
- "North American Album Charts Search for Sublime" allmusic. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.