Written by: Volt Thrower
As a kid the countless hours spent driving under starlit prairie highways in the 90’s, on the way to various campgrounds and theme parks, laid the foundation for desert rock being able to bring a wash of fuzz driven comfort later in life. There’s something incredibly soothing about being able to lose yourself in a locked in groove, essentially time traveling through the hundreds of km’s of nothingness. Heavy rockers Heavy Hands from Boston, take a stab at a classic style with some modern flair with their latest self-released offering “Through the Night.”
A rolling drum groove, with some fuzz drenched bass open things up on “Devil Nets”, sure to make Brant Bjork blush. Kicking things off with a nostalgic blast is a great hook, but they build upon that opening, with a really unique sound that the band feels out across the dozen fleeting minutes. The soulful delivery of the vocals on “Villain” really compliment the underlying bass and drum groove, but the guitar is the real scene setter for most of the album. Ranging from bluesy psychedelic washes, to straightforward riffage, to a near black metal tremolo picking style, giving it another layer with a sense of urgency and despair. Lyrical themes starting with, of course a desert highway cruise with your girl, to a poetic exploration of the plight of the never good-enough, ending in a mental “Breakdown.” Clean production wraps it all up into a nice, tight little package.
There was an interesting debate on twitter the other day, shocker, I know, about what constitutes an EP vs. an LP. At 3 tracks and a breezy 12 minutes and 13 seconds, Through the Night is undeniably an EP. But that would be an extreme undersell of a remarkably cohesive piece of music. Combining it with their 2019 debut EP Lies and Half Truths which is a bit of a moodier, doomier piece, paints an interesting contrast across their two releases. When a band can tell a story that efficiently, hooking you in and leaving you craving more, that's something special and I'm eagerly awaiting a future full length.
Heavy Hands - Through The Night was released on May 5th
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