From time to time, a show gets booked in town that causes us to first drop a "WTF?" bomb aloud, and then hit the webernet to make sure this is really, truly, actually happening - for real. That's essentially the reaction that surged through our office when the Silver Moon's talent buyer, Cassie Moore, dropped us an e-mail announcing the UK soul rockers The Heavy would be playing a Wednesday night show at the venue. The Heavy made a big splash at 2008's South by Southwest festival and have since gained a following in the states that will likely grow in the coming weeks and months given that the band just released its second full-length record, The House that Dirt Built, which dropped just last week on Counter Records. The band combines a dance-o-licious soulful energy with a gritty rock and roll foundation. It's like the Black Keys go back in time to the heyday of Motown and bring Beck along in the DeLorean for inspiration.
Singer Kelvin Swaby leads the crew with a smooth yet delightfully ballsy vocal styling that melts nicely into the layers of horn and guitar licks heard on the new album, especially the single, "How You Like Me Now?" The band, as it appears on stage for this tour, is a four-piece that goes from punk to funk within their sweaty set, which they're taking to some storied rock clubs along the West Coast like Seattle's Crocodile Café and Portland's Doug Fir. So let's consider ourselves lucky on this one... perhaps a Halloween miracle?
The Heavy, Mosley Wotta
9pm Wednesday, October 28. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $10. 21 and up.