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Heavy AmericA

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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""Motor Honey (Peace)" This is Rock, pure & simple."

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock radio charts, is an ingenious construction of overdriven guitar riffs over a solid smashing drum line, bursting into a hard-hitting chorus where the guitars deftly snatch the focus from the rhythm section.

Those who have scoured the band’s catalog, know that Heavy AmericA’s melodies are gripping, the vocals are well-executed without sounding cheesy, and the song structures, are often brilliant. Keeping the wheels turning, “Motor Honey (Peace)”comes on with a bass line by Budd Lapham (bass, vocals) that works in combination with the guitar of Michael T. Seguin (guitars, lead vocals, keys), and the drums of Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vocals), to project a sense of fast forward motion.

As the track reaches the chorus, the decibels rise and the guitars become chunkier. The song is catchy and will have the listener singing along quickly after hearing it for the first time. “Motor Honey (Peace)” is a must have track for the rocker in all of us. It is a feel good song with a fine sense of balance in its music. Even in its simplicity, rock has always been entertaining. With their latest single, Heavy AmericA stands to affirm this.

The new song has enough hints of aggression in its music but always feels much more comforting instead. Good production ensures that everything on the track is heard just fine. The high point of “Motor Honey (Peace)” is that classic ‘feel good rock n’ roll vibe’ that it offers. This is a great move by the band and will leave a strong impression on its listeners.

For those of you listening to Heavy AmericA for the first time you’ll find this the perfect track to get your teeth into and wrap your ears around. The vocals are strong and give you that “in your face” resolve to do your own thing. Guitars flickering and shooting out of the speakers are the first thing you hear, pushing to a slippery chug of riffs behind the grounded vocals.

Still holding the same appeal that’s seen them lord it over the underground alternative rock scene since 2013, Boston’s Heavy AmericA have fortunately also remained one of the few bands who have legitimate songwriting talent and the musicianship to back it up. “Motor Honey (Peace)” far exceeded my expectations, and I have been listening to Heavy AmericA since 2015.

When you listen to Heavy AmericA you are washed over with their emotionally charged lyrics, the creative, fresh work with excellent progressions and transitions that make the music genuinely interesting. This is not your typical, cookie-cutter, predictably harmonized and overly engineered modern rock track. This is rock, not wanna be rock, or rock for the sake of pandering. It’s rock. Pure and simple. - Jacob Aiden


"Heavy AmericA "Motor Honey (Peace)""

Based in the beating heart of Boston, Massachusetts, Heavy AmericA have built their sound from a diverse range in influences and rock idioms. Leaning on the expertly performed progressive rock circles to the edgy and incisive sounds of alternate rock rebellion, their sound covers a wealth of classic and experimental rock styles that fight to transcend the generic, rock-by-numbers sound. Proudly defying classical categories and labels, the band present an arsenal of sounds and moods that are infused with a spark of natural ability to dedicated hard work.
Their latest release in a series of fiery, uncompromising sounds is ‘Motor Honey (Peace)’, a visceral rock single that easily dominates the mainstream rock scene. Built on a full-throttle attitude and a series of screaming guitar chords, damning bass lines, and a hard-hitting percussion that relentlessly pushes forward.
Calling out to an age of classic rock where heavy, fractured guitars and snarling vocals rallied like war-torn battle cries, ‘Motor Honey (Peace)’ speaks to the more primal side of rock, capturing the energy and sounds of bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses, AC/DC, or and Queens of the Stone Age. Offering glimmers at heartier heavy metal that are swept aside by a more pronounced, melodic edge, Heavy AmericA’s new track is a bellowing, rumbling, pedal to the metal anthem.
Defiantly bringing the danger and soul back into rock ‘n’ roll, ‘Motor Honey (Peace)’ is a deft slice of timeless rock that fans of both old and new can enjoy. It’s rough, ready, and not afraid to carry a few hard knocks, making both the song and the band, something to behold. - Broken 8 Records


""Easy Killer" - Heavy AmericA"

Heavy AmericA have a way of getting to the root of what rock and metal is all about. As I pointed out before when Proud Shame was under the reviewers pen, they are the masters of the declutter, the straight line and the honest approach, they do away with the fad and the fashion, the additional and wholly unnecessary textures and layering and get straight to the heart of the issue. But that isn’t to say that their music is simple, basic, or that they don’t groove with the best of them. It’s just that they know what is important and what is not.
Here they lay down a scuzzy blues-metal groove, intensify it with bass and beat and use it to sonically punch the listener around the head with something that is both perfect and simple, and thus simply perfect. Biker bar blues meets Southern Rocks boogie. The problem with many rock and metal bands today is they think that to create an impact you have to throw in a lot of notes, be as technical or heavy or dramatic as they can. Easy Killer is a reminder that if you get the basics right you don’t need to worry about all that clutter. - Dave Franklin


"Heavy AmericA 'Now'"

Founded in 2014, Boston bruisers Heavy America cement their message from the wayward intro of their debut record’s first cut “Proud Shame” with American Gothic throat singing coming off like a Native American ritual. Beyond that mesa, the music delves into plaintive psychedelia anchored by Mike Seguin’s countrified guitar plucking, Dan Fried’s Jekyll n’ Hyde drumming (from punishing crunch to graceful fills to standard blues’ laments) and Budd Lapham’s deeply cut bass prowl. Then just when you think you’ve figured things out, they got for the throat with a pickaxe swipe of burly classic rock. Every melody hits the mark and every hook rings out like a gunshot proclamation at the Alamo. This is the opening track of …Now and it sets the tone for things to come.

“Bleed Mary” expands on the more vulnerable qualities of “Proud Shame” by stretching further the melodic verse qualities. Seguin’s lead vocals ripple like water, the contemplative guitar melodies utilize sparse notations, Fried softly ghosts the cymbals and Lapham’s bass endlessly roams in quiet thought. The chorus is shell shocked by louder vocals and harder guitar muscle but the rumble quickly reverts to restraint. Each verse also adds almost unnoticeable additions to the song composition that need to be listened to closely to even catch; for example, the snare joins the cymbals in the second run. It’s the mark of a band dedicated to fully exploring each song to the fullest. Dirty, palm-muted riffage and more aggressive singing cultivates the gentle rain of rock n’ roll into a full blown tempest culminating with a solo psychedelic bass line giving way to guitar licks and blown out riffs fully scorched by the desert heat…you could swear these guys have ties to the Palm Springs’ stoner rock movement spearheaded by Kyuss and Fatso Jetson. “Pray for Me” traverses the absolute opposite route of that sonic movement with attitudinal stoner riffs culling equally from 70s rock and grunge luminaries like Skin Yard and Soundgarden, valuing pure volume over subtleties.

There’s no limits or boundaries on the styles utilized, lending each song a unique identity; galloping blues goes indie on “Sweet Kisses,” “Casting Stones” is the big centerpiece epic where grandiose late 60s/early 70s hard rock takes its sweet ol’ time building up to the show-stopper Hammer of Thor riffs, “Goliath” tips the Texaco hat to the days when rock n’ roll filled up arenas, “I Can Take It” allows the cosmonauts a good musical incentive to light up that last joint, “Heavy Eyes” is the huge melodic number and only closer “Achilles Fail” seems to falter lacking a signature movement in a somewhat standard heavy groove send-off. “Achilles Fail” isn’t necessarily a bad tune, a little more filler than the rest; it just feels somewhat out of place in the track order. “Casting Stones” or “Heavy Eyes” would have fit much better as a curtain call.
Overall, Heavy America is a rock solid band that shows even greater hope for the future. This is a fine set of tunes with the only nitpicks being some flow problems in the track list and one tune that’s more average than great but …Now is a debut not to be sneezed at and with classic rock influenced bands experiencing a spirited revival, these guys are on their way to becoming leaders of the pack. - Burned Out Borders, Shannon Cowden


"Heavy AmericA 'Proud Shame'"

Proud Shame is an intriguing title, the juxtaposition of the concepts of pride and shame offers an appealing contrast, and the opening few moments of music don’t fail to feed this intrigue further and affectionately keep hold of your attention.

Heavy AmericA put forth heartfelt and reflective songwriting, as opposed to the sheer intensity and distortion you might initially expect from the name. Their music does soon erupt into a much heavier, classic rock sort of ambiance, but’s it’s never outside of the arena of creativity and feeling. This particular song has passion, it’s been crafted with thought and real emotion. This is something you can tell from paying close attention to the lyrics, each and every line, and also the entire way in which the song unfolds and evolves.

There’s a notable amount of space within the instrumentation, something not all that common in rock music. The effect of this is that you can really notice and appreciate each element that makes up the song – the leading vocal, the passion, the poetry, the imagery, the riffs, the drum line, the structure. The track is comprised of numerous different sections, not necessarily conforming to the standard, expected, radio-worthy building blocks of mainstream music, and not needing to. Each part leads well into its follower, and all in all the arrangement makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and meaningful few minutes of music.

The opening instrumentation is beautiful, the shaker sound, the guitar riff, the vocal melody and message. As the intensity builds it’s always with care and consideration, and it always adheres to the idea behind each particular moment in the song. The lyrics are undeniably fresh and it’s a pleasure to listen to these lines and thoughts expressed among a powerful soundscape. - Rebecca Cullen


"Heavy AmericA rock hard on new single/video 'Pray For Me'"

Hard rockers Heavy AmericA have unleashed their neck breaking, in-your-face, wall of sound Pray For Me. You can watch the video on YouTube.
Blending a fine tasting, potent mix of alternative, progressive and stoner rock elements, Pray For Me hits you right in the chest, rumbles through your gut, and stimulates your ear canals just enough to force you into an uncontrollable headbang while jamming your socks off on air guitar.
Strap on your seat belts, roll down the windows, turn the stereo up to 15 and prepare for a hard rockin’ ride! - Joshua Smotherman


Discography


Heavy AmericA (Debut EP) released April 2015

Heavy AmericA "Up For Air" (Single) released July 2015

Heavy AmericA "Full Load Amps" (Single) released Dec. 2015

Heavy AmericA "Pray For Me" (Single) released Dec. 2016

Heavy AmericA "NOW" (Album) released April 2017

Heavy AmericA "Easy Killer" (Single) released Dec. 2018

Heavy AmericA "Motor Honey (Peace)" (Single) released Aug. 2019


recorded @ Room 19 Studio, Billerica, MA.
produced & engineered by Michael T. Seguin

all songs written by Michael T. Seguin

all songs performed & arranged by Seguin, Fried, Lapham
published & distributed by Cdbaby

publicity & radio promotion by Tinderbox Music
copyright 2019, all rights reserved, ASCAP/SoundExchange


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 The core Heavy AmericA sound finds its influence in a diverse blend of rock idioms, from the expertly performed progressive rock circles to the edgy and incisive sounds of alternate rock rebellion. Blend in a pinch of stoner rock, and the listener has transcended the run of the mill, stagnant musical forms that occupy a good deal of the digital music we hear today. Yet, Heavy AmericA manages to defy the conveniences of category, presenting an arsenal of sounds and moods while unlocking a natural ability to employ a fiery insurgency across the seemingly endless styles the band works within.

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