The Heavy Company – The Heavy (Please Tune In…)

Blues and psych – that is how this Lafayette, Indiana based trio called The Heavy Company could be characterized. Having a giant mushroom on the art cover comes as a plus, as it always turns that the album proves to be good. By that criteria, The Heavy Company justifies the previously statement.

Six songs, totalling almost 24 minutes bring to mind a blend of The Allman Brothers BandJimi HendrixFu Manchu and Clutch. Southern rock wriggles in from time to time, as well as space rock bits, though bluesy psychedelia is the foundation of this EP. Although you might expect it to be heavy due to the term’s double appearance in both the band’s name and the title of the EP, they are most of times pretty laid back and mellow, the heaviness dissolved by the bluesy guitars and organs. The guitars become fuzzy in the parts when blues is not enough to cross the bridge to the other, more psychedelic side. Classic rock is present as well, mostly appearing in Black Tuesday, but other than that you get a lot of interlacing between psychedelia and blues.

Out of these six songs the band provides the best game on one of three instrumentals called Wormweed, with bass and guitars picking the best cards. Caged Bird brings the southern feel in the mixture, while The Heavy displays early Floyd spacey psychedelia.

All in all, this EP is a more than satisfactory debut release and with the guard kept up The Company is ready for a great full-length. Looking forward hearing more from you guys! Until that happens, Please Tune In…

Tracklist:

01. Please Tune In…
02. The Heavy
03. Black Tuesday
04. Wormweed
05. Monsignor Charlie Bird
06. Caged Bird

Line-up:

* Ian Gerber – guitars, vocals
* Jeff Kaleth – drums
* Ryan Strawsma – bass

Links:

http://theheavycompany.bandcamp.com/

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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