New Music Friday: The Heavy Heavy are weighing in
Dom Chung, Soho House’s Head of Music, reveals the bands, tracks and artists you should be listening to right now
Friday 2 September By Soho House
When we first started thinking about creating a new weekly music column, only one person sprung to mind: our very own Head of Music, Dom Chung. This is the man, after all, who hand selects the brightest of the bright new artists to perform at our Houses globally.
Chung is here every Friday to reveal his pick of that talent. Consider him your guide on your weekly journey into melodic enlightenment.
Today, UK-based band The Heavy Heavy
Who and what are you listening to this week, Dom?
‘The Brighton, UK-based retro rock band The Heavy Heavy.’
How did they come to your attention?
‘There’s been a lot of quiet industry hype growing around this act in recent months and after being tipped by both a top music agent and label head in the space of a few days, I thought I’d check out what all the fuss was about.’
What is it you love about them?
‘With just a debut EP release under their belt this year [Life And Life Only], they've already had a ton of success: last month, they travelled to the US for their debut TV performance on CBS Saturday Morning, toured with Black Pumas, were named The Guardian‘s ‘One To Watch’ and received support from BBC Radio 6, among others.’
Where would you position them in the musical canon? How would you describe what they do?
‘The band began with a shared ambition of “making records that sound like our favourite records ever”, and after the recent breakout success of acts such as Wet Leg, it feels like bands are set to have a moment in the sun again. I love the way The Heavy Heavy incorporate classic rock and roll, psych, folk and blues of the 1960s. It’s timeless stuff.’
Which are the best tracks/album/live performance to listen to?
‘I’ve yet to catch them live (although I’m hoping that may change in the autumn – hint hint), so I’ve been listening to Life And Life Only.’
If you had to pick one of their tracks to listen to on repeat?
‘“All My Dreams”’