We have heard plenty from funk rock band The Heavy over the years, as they have contributed to countless pop culture phenomena over the past 15 years. Their music has appeared in films like Dallas Buyers Club, The Hateful Eight, and The Fighter, shows like The Vampire Diaries and Community, Super Bowl ads, and video games. Most memorably, their song “How You Like Me Now” served as the election song for Barack Obama when he won the presidency in 2012. At the end of their US tour in 2019, they began work on their next album, keeping things more on the downlow. It may have been a long time coming, but after using these last four years to make “their best work to date,” The Heavy is finally back and ready to take over the pop culture soundscape once again.
Kicking off this next chapter, The Heavy have released “Hurricane Coming,” the first single from their upcoming album. Containing funky riffs, jazz nuances, and the smooth vocal stylings of frontman Kelvin Swaby, it gives us a hint at where the band is sonically for this new album. Lyrically, the song is inspired by Kelvin’s experience with Hurricane Irma in 2017, which happened to hit just after he moved to the US. He shares,
“The power of that…it’s just the way that relationships are as well. It was like ‘just be careful of taking something beautiful for granted.’ Don’t take people for fools. There’s always something waiting, lurking…”
Along with “Hurricane Coming,” The Heavy have revealed that their new album, AMEN, will be released April 21. Including “Hurricane Coming,” it will contain ten tracks that showcase the band’s persistent energy and ability to create dramatic, exciting music. You can pre-order it here.
And if all this news isn’t enough, The Heavy have also announced tour dates for 2023. In September, they will embark on a full tour across EU and the UK. But if fans want to see them sooner, the band will be playing two intimate shows in the UK on March 21 and 22. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10 AM and can be purchased here.