Thursday, June 17, 2010

Night 2: The Heavy At Bowery Ballroom

The Heavy: June 16 @ Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

The Heavy played their second night at The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night. The show was sold out and NYC let it all hang out. I hadn't really intended on writing about this show. I wasn't wearing my blog mistress hat, I was wearing my, "this chick came to party hard" hat. I went in only armed with my pocket camera which was quickly abandoned after a handful of questionable shots!

The evening kicked off with Mount Carmel from Ohio. I'd never heard of them but they played some seriously tight blues rock ... think Cream and original Fleetwood Mac. They were good, real good and got an excellent reception from the audience. The guy next to me commented that he thought they had blown away The Heavy before they even hit the stage. I told him, if Monday's show was anything to go by, not a chance!

It seemed to take a while for The Heavy to come out after Mount Carmel left the stage. The incense were once again lit ... with the amount of smoke they caused it looked like every incense in NYC was being burned! As the band, Kelvin Swaby (vocals), Dan Taylor (guitar), Spencer Page (bass), Chris Ellul (drums) made their way on stage along with Myoshi and Kimberly (background vocals), Ian, Justin and Chris (horns ... think I got their names right) the audience started screaming.

The first song in, it was apparent that this show was going to be a party. Monday's crowd was loud but Wednesday night the audience roar was deafening. The set was the same as Monday minus "Girl." The band seemed to be in really high spirits too. As the second song rolled around, the phrase "go hard or go home" sprang to mind. The Heavy went hard, damn did they go hard.

The guy beside me amended his comment and decided that Mount Carmel, while good, didn't blow the The Heavy away. At some point, probably around the time they played "Sixteen," (maybe even before then) I lost my damn mind and was flailing around like a mad woman and continued to do so for the rest of the evening. Between the flailing and off-key singing, I feel pity for those who were around me! I was such a hot sweaty mess by the end of the show.

The show ended with Swaby leaping from the stage to approximately the third row to hug and kiss a young lady, a friend perhaps? I could have gone for a few more songs. While the show was brilliant, it would have been nice to switch it up a bit more than one song for those of us who came out for both shows. The Heavy are a band you need to see live, seriously, you need to. And, what have I been telling you? I've been telling you they're bad-ass, hot stanky fun! Bad enough and stanky enough to make a girl lose her damn mind up in there. Yeah, they're that damn good! Can you kill a place twice? The Heavy certainly did. They tore it up in there y'all.

Mount Carmel

Set List:
  • Short Change Hero
  • What You Want Me To Do
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Sixteen
  • Cause For Alarm
  • Coleen
  • Love Like That
  • In The Morning
  • That Kind Of Man
  • No Time
  • Brukpockets Lament
  • How You Like Me Now?
  • She Got To Go
  • Oh No! Not You Again!