Cleveland-based psychedelic blues rockers Heavy Glow will celebrate the end of their current U.S. tour with a gig this Saturday, August 24th at Happy Dog.
The trio—led by drummer-turned-guitarist Jared Mullins—crafted its first EP three years ago at Velvet Revolver’s private facilities under the supervision of Stevie Salas (Colorcode). Its first full-length, The Filth & The Fury, arrived a year later. 2011’s Midnight Moan saw the band concoct a sonic stew whose ingredients drew from ‘60s flower-powered fuzz-tones, ‘70s bellbottom groove-rock, and early ‘80s punk and garage band aesthetics.
Arriving in advance of Heavy Glow’s next LP, Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine, the new 45rpm single for “Headhunter” / “Mine All Mine” is an engaging 8-minute march through thirty-plus years of rock’s musical subgenres—although Mullins would probably insist they’re just doing what they do, and that any apparent nod to a particular style is merely happenstance.
Hey, when it sounds this good, we’ll just listen without asking questions.
Shades of Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, and The Guess Who abound, particularly in Mullins’ trebly, echo-and-wah drenched leads. But we also hear a bit of retro-rock, a la Matthew Sweet, and modern guitar histrionics and unpredictable rhythmic stop-starts not unlike Smashing Pumpkins or Queens of the Stone Age (witness that dreamy, Josh Hommes-like falsetto). Joe Brooks’ bass undulates on “Mine All Mine,” pulsing beneath Mullins’ gritty chords, twangy solo, and breathy, Ed Roland (Collective Soul)-esque vocal.
“Headhunter” plays like the soundtrack to some nasty crime thriller on the late show, with Mullins’ “Now we come to storm the walls / burn the city and the halls” verses and warbled guitars sizzling on a hotbed of high-hat and ride cymbals. Both songs boasts bridges that fascinate (or freak out) as much as their refrains and instrumental hooks—a rarity for any pop song.
The 7” (decorated by Mad Alchemy cover art) is limited to 300 autographed copies, available at shows or through the band’s website (below). Copies of the band's first EP and album are still available online for $5 and $8, respectively. Or just come out to the show and stock up on some of the homeboys' vinyl.
The new Heavy Glow cuts were recorded at Studio 9 in Los Angeles with producers Michael Patterson (Trent Reznor, Beck, Duran Duran) and Nic Jodoin (Black Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Paul Logus. “Headhunter” was featured on the Stephen King-derived CBS television series Under the Dome (Season 1, Episode 2). They guys aren't new to show business, however; earlier Heavy Glow music popped up on Fox’s The Good Guys.
Heavy Glow with The Buffalo Killers. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at The Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH). $5.00 cover. 8:00pm doors.
View Heavy Glow’s “Midnight Moan” promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEn1corzkzY&feature=player_embedded
View The Buffalo Killers’ “Let It Ride:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ziOu16T7CMc