Heavy AmericA

Heavy AmericA

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Heavy AmericA "Easy Killer" – Jer

Been nearly two years to the day since we last had Boston-based Rock-band Heavy AmericA on our pages, back when we reviewed their single “Pray For Me” in 2016. Who knows what the boys have been up to since then…they’re back with a strange one here with their new single “Easy Killer” – I’m kinda perplexed really. But as confused as I might be, I’m not entirely sure they’re not onto something here…
Perhaps it’s just surprising is all. Obviously with the passing of time, you always hope as a listener that a band you’ve heard in the past will continue to evolve…and ultimately…I suppose I’d argue that’s what’s happened here. “Easy Killer” would likely be a track where I’d feel like I’d remember Heavy AmericA later on – whereas a track like “Pray For Me” was a solid Hard-Rock cut, but one that had a lot less identity. Good cut for sure, but fairly standard too in other ways. “Easy Killer” goes the opposite route instead, nearly heading into almost progressive dance-funk style at times as this idea twists & transitions along the way…and there’s no doubt about it – it’s Rock with real spirited energy & personality that pulls you in. I mean fuck, that intro riff alone is freakin WILD man – the hooks in the music make themselves known immediately…like that fuzzy tone to the guitars & bass is as real as real can be – and LISTEN to the lefts & rights and how many subtle additions are made to the atmosphere surrounding them…there are things happening that are seriously off the charts cool here. And in general…it certainly ain’t like I’m disputing this crazy vibe – it’s fun, just unexpectedly like…on the lighter-side attitude-wise than I was expecting from Heavy AmericA I suppose! Certainly ain’t nothing wrong with it…it’s insanely vibrant, colorful, and highly imaginative – almost like what you’d imagine a cross between Black Sabbath and Eddy Grant would somehow yield…maybe throw in a bit of Franz Ferdinand/Men Without Hats/Collective Soul-meets-a cement mixer as well…you get the idea – it’s either lighthearted Dance-Rock, or it’s some of that good’n’dirty Pop – you decide. My biggest question is whether or not people could stick with it on a structural-level; it’s almost one of those things…the flashy hooks of “Easy Killer” are going to draw in a whole crowd of people that are gonna assume this tune might be a lot more straightforward than it really is. In my heart of hearts, I like to think it’s songs like this that help further the scene and even evolve listening ears out there…it’s got that crossover madness goin’ on that could really appeal to a large audience out there.
Whatever that one like…what the heck is that…it’s like an orchestral sound that’s placed into the melody line on top in the music…it’s absolutely brilliant. I think I’ve pinned it down though…here’s what makes this track an oddity…and it IS something to do with the structure after all. I’m thinking if I had to put this cut into a sequence of what made the most impact to the least, it’d probably be something that looked like: verse, musicianship, vocals, tone, and then the chorus…probably much further down the list than I think many would expect after the highlights this cut starts out on. Those first four elements are more than amazing…that’s half the issue right there and part of the problem in the way for the chorus to stand out…I’m not entirely sure that it does; it’s the kind of chorus that works, I’m just not sure it necessarily furthers this tune or raises the stakes from where this song begins. Might be an opportunity for Heavy AmericA in that next phase of their evolution, it’s hard to say…they might be missing out a bit on the potential that the song starts with here…it’s hard to say because the hooks in the musicianship literally never stop. That verse is SO SLICK and full of tight & meaty groove you never want to end that it’s tough to imagine anything coming afterwards wouldn’t have paled a bit by comparison…I mean, this song is so literally stuffed with wild attitude, antics, and stunning sound that everything you hear in the verses and instrumentation are SO STRONG that it’s already good-game long before you even GET to the chorus of this single – at that point, Heavy AmericA has already won you over and it’ll remain that way. Honestly, I can’t get over how f’n BADASS the guitar/bass combo is on this tune…the tone and crunch is just IMMACULATE, straight-up, full-stop. Vocals have got tons of confidence & character, the drums are shufflin’ on-point as well – and Heavy AmericA also makes notable time for some killer instrumentation & fun with timing & tempo along the adventure.
Best way I can put it is that…structurally…it’s probably a weird choice for a single when it comes right down to it – it’s more involved than most are, that’s the reality here. But the facts are the facts too – the groove is way too strong to possibly resist. Every sound you’ll hear pops so impressively & vibrantly from the speakers that “Easy Killer” really deserves nothing less than an enthusiastic thumbs-up – this is fun with the freedom of expression in music and a real push forward for the band on a creative level. I don’t think it’s typical (which I like) – and I don’t think it’ll necessarily win EVERYONE over easily (which I also like); but close and if not at first, then soon enough with a couple repeats. Ultimately, I think it’s a big step in the evolution of Heavy AmericA and a really damn great tune that I certainly hope the people turn right the hell UP – you won’t regret it if you do that’s for sure, I can guarantee you that.

"Easy Killer" - Heavy AmericA – Dave Franklin

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.

Heavy AmericA New Single "Easy Killer" – Skope Magazine

Heavy AmericA’s “Easy Killer” is a unique track. The song’s electric guitar intro suggests some variety of heavy metal. It’s a bellowing, rumbling, thundering chordal groove. The drums vary wildly, sort of like Keith Moon at his unrestrained best. There’s also, though, sounds on it that give it a new wave vibe.
The guitar part is dirty, and a little static-y. Toward track’s end, there’s even a handclap rhythm driving the groove. These elements suggest T. Rex and Mott The Hoople, by way of Queens Of The Stoneage. The result is sexy, adrenaline-soaked rock and roll. Or, in other words, the good stuff.
This group is from Boston, MA, and lists “music, Jeeps hot rods and pin-up girls” as a few of its interests. This song suggests an adulting rock and roll group. They’re not out to finesse listeners. Instead, they’re all about pounding out a groove, repeating the hook until it hooks into your memory cells and sticks. Subtlety? Nah.
Michael T. Seguin is the band’s singer and sings this track with a wink and a smile. Although it’s at times difficult to pick up on exactly what he’s singing, this song’s lyric sounds to be a sort of pick-up line. He’s not Prince Charming, but one gets the feeling he’s not afraid to charm the dress off some pin-up-ready girl or other.
This song’s melody isn’t complicated. With Heavy AmericA there’s a singlemindedness running through this instrumentation. This sonic matches to the seeming intent of its words. Why beat around the bush, explore multiple unrelated topics, when one can get straight to the point without filter or diversion? That’s the immediate impression left by Heavy AmericA’s approach.

Heavy AmericA 'Now' – Burned Out Borders, Shannon Cowden

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.

Signatures In Time, "Heavy AmericA...Now" – Frank McClure

Sterile rock and roll is the order of the day on the big corporate radio stations and even internet broadcasts with stagnant artists from Nickelback and even Papa Roach still pumping out and selling large amounts of albums. Even the more raw genres like metal and punk are stuck in third gear with an overload of quantity and a sparse supply of quality representing the bulk of the ratio. To the rescue comes the heavy, weathered knuckle-dusted hard-rock of Heavy America. This Boston bred three-piece knows how to drop heady, thinking man’s riff bombs with a surplus of heft and just enough smarts to pull the wool over the competition’s eyes.

With a recording job that’s in the red and sounds like it was cut straight to tape without digital tampering, …Now, the lengthiest platter in Heavy America’s discography sounds positively throwback but current as well. There is no shortage of nail-biting, twisted riffing and attack ready rhythm work throughout the record’s 9-song arc. The music has a noisy yet melodic quality; harrowing and soothing at the same time as so deftly illustrated by multiple personality rockers like “Proud Shame,” “Bleed Mary,” “Casting Stones” and “I Can Take It.” Wandering in and out of workingman’s power blues riffs and diamond sharp tunefulness; these jams are easy on the ears but unafraid of applying raging rapid rock grooves in all of the right places. The vocals soar and snarl as the rhythm section provides plenty of backbone for the snapback with thanks due to the punchy drumming and hypnotic low end clarity. Other tracks go for ground quaking, earth-shaking rock flair unhindered by syrupy balladry, the pummeling trifecta of sun burnt blues-riffers “Pray for Me,” “Goliath” and “Achilles Fail” holding court with an iron gavel. A smoldering, dying camp pyre of somber, somewhat acoustic-leaned folk/blues makes “Heavy Eyes” a proper respite from all of the giant killing rock, even if they never fully unplug their instruments for a full Bob Dylan style mellow out. Only the slight misdirection of “Sweet Kisses” fails to find firm footing in the track-listing, even if it’s not an outright bad track in its own right.

…Now feels urgent and comfortable in its dogged ways. It refuses to let the flame of soulful hard rock die out while adding some new flavors to the well-worn genre in terms of musical diversity. For that, Heavy America is surely a band to watch in a very crowded scene.

Heavy AmericA 'Proud Shame' – Rebecca Cullen

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.

Heavy AmericA "Proud Shame" from classic school of hard rock songbook – TunedLoud Magazine

Michael Seguin (Guitarist, Keyboardist, Vocalist), Budd Lapham (Backup Vocalist, Bassist) and Dan Fried (Backup Vocalist, Drummer, Percussionist) – you may not be familiar with their names, or even the band’s collective moniker, Heavy AmericA, if you’ve been sleeping on the evolution of the rock genre. However if you slide any of their songs into your media player, you’ll be familiar with the band’s sound no matter which rock era you come from. Each and every one of this trio’s songs seems to come straight out of the ‘unwritten’, classic school of rock songbook – Massive drums, thundering bass lines, bone-crushing riffs and no-holds-barred, moody and melodic vocals.
Like any confident, well-oiled rock unit, Heavy AmericA, stick to their guns, doing what they do best…only better than before. They tighten up their timing, elaborate their chord progressions, and refine their arrangements to the point of perfection, without ever sounding like a corporate rock machine.
Heavy AmericA retains that 70’s rock rawness, infused with the usual epic early-Black Sabbath sonics. There also seems to be a desire to incorporate elements of progressive rock which is beginning to show in the band’s latest single “Proud Shame” which comes off their latest album, “Now”.
Although I love all of the band’s releases, this one really stands out. I especially appreciate the detail in the track, the variety in tone colors, a nice dynamic range, and above all else, the swing from subtle passages to the sheer power of others.
“Proud Shame” opens with a beautiful medieval and slightly haunting choral/chant effect that would fit right into some adventurous movie soundtrack. From there on out the track has such a massive amount of energy and catchy guitar hooks to support the vocal and narrative.
While Heavy AmericA displays fine lyricism the more important thing about this new single and their preceding releases is the musicianship. They deliver hungry, aggressive playing, as well as a tight, clean production, with raw hard and heavy elements, which separate them from most other modern rock bands.
Not to diminish the importance of a solid bassist and steady drummer, but in rock, there are two things that stand out most and make it or break it with the average record buyer: A great vocalist and a hot guitarist. Heavy AmericA has both of these wrapped up in one person. Nevertheless, in order for the song itself to rise to any level of greatness, it has to have great music – something “Proud Shame” has in abundance!

Heavy AmericA's "Pray For Me" – SleepingBagStudios

If you’re a fan of hard-rock done right, I feel like you’re on solid ground in selecting this new track from Heavy AmericA called “Pray For Me” – this should be something you dig. I am…hmm…I suppose these days less and less of a fan of the genre itself, or at the very least tougher on it than when I first started exploring rock of all kinds. It’s cut & dry for me these days…black & white…I want either something that completely reinvents the wheel or music that is played tightly enough to impress through the core of its ideas and ambitions. I’m also old enough & wise enough to know we’re not all out to change the entire musical landscape…and a complete renovation or reinvention of a genre is rarer-than-rare when it comes right down to it…I don’t always expect that to happen in hard-rock but you’ll have to forgive me on that second point – because when I’m listening to rock, I do expect it to be focused, ready and able. Thankfully – I felt like that’s what we’ve got our ears around today with Heavy AmericA – rock done right.

Right from the opening crunch of guitars that crash into the mix of “Pray For Me” – you can hear the meatiness in a solid riff that works…and in my opinion, the guitar-work just continues to build & get more exciting from there. Seriously solid ideas in the music as they exit the verse into brief instrumental sections before they rock the chorus…I suppose if I had anything critical at all to say about this track it would simply be that I wanted a bit more of those moments – but the reality is there’s only so much you can fit into a short tune and I’ll certainly take what I can get from this crew. “Pray For Me” is wildly vibrant in performance and execution for its short length…we get just enough of everything to seriously make us want to come back and listen – highly repeatable experience in rock here. You gotta appreciate that grind in the guitar work and low-end rumble of the bass combining with the crisp snap of the drums – you add in vocals that fit the design perfectly and you’ve got yourself a solid cut like “Pray For Me.”

I will say this…from the snapshot that you get inside of three-minutes – I really did feel like there’s a lot this band could potentially go on to offer. The breakdown just prior to the 2.5 minute-mark is absolutely freakin’ fantastic…like SO GOOD I found myself seeking out this moment in the song several times as it played on repeat because it’s such a defined highlight in the music before Heavy AmericA roars back into their final chorus run-through. The energy & intensity is undoubtedly present in the writing throughout this entire song for the record however…doesn’t matter if we’re talking about verse, chorus or in-between – this band is clearly focused and clearly bringing it to “Pray For Me.” It’s a performance I can appreciate for sure…I like the definition in each part…I LOVED the instrumentation and musicianship and the precision pace & steady stop/start of the beat fueling the energy of this track. I think you can hear from the musical-hints they drop on this new-single that in a five-minute long track or more – Heavy AmericA would go on to kick ALL the ass with intense solos and wicked ideas. “Pray For Me” as it stands like this on the recording is a wild-ride for its three-minutes – but I’d be willing to bet that this song finds an extra-gear in a live setting where they really let their musicianship and talent shine even further…but I can’t deny also that I really like the focus that this track has in its short-form now. Everything seems mapped-out and carefully planned writing-wise, but Heavy AmericA plays it all like it’s completely fresh and they’re all caught right up in the moment of the mayhem & madness of rock…and the result is that “Pray For Me” sounds triumphantly energetic from the vocals to the music and truly on the attack.

And just like a good single SHOULD – “Pray For Me” gets me just as excited about what else might come out from Heavy AmericA in the future as I am to hear what they’ve released here today. Kind of reminds me of I Mother Earth from their album Dig…and that’s plenty cool with me to have strong sonic elements rampaging through the song like that, yes indeed. Solid music, tight band, well-written and rock that pounds with confidence – I think they’ve got a strong cut with “Pray For Me” that the hard-rock/alternative crowd out there will definitely dig on.

Heavy AmericA rock hard on new single/video 'Pray For Me' – Joshua Smotherman

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!

Artist Spotlight- Heavy AmericA – Patman

Q) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?

A) I was fortunate to have parents who were very supportive of music growing up. When I was thirteen, my Dad landed a job as a photographer for a music production company in Boston, photographing outdoor rock festivals,. I had just started playing guitar and was in my first band. He would get VIP passes for a lot of the shows and take me with him. I got to meet and see so many great artists and bands. It was a world I fell in love with instantly. I knew that was the life I wanted and I knew I was one of them.
Lately I’ve really been inspired by Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age. That dude goes non stop. I don’t think he’s taken a break since 2012. I really admire and mimic that work ethic. The first time I saw them live was on the ‘Like Clockwork’ tour. When they walked out on stage, they owned it and they knew it. That level of professionalism is awesome and very inspiring. That moment changed my idea of success. It isn’t primarily about money, it is a level of professionalism, owning it… always. This realization has pushed me to be better, gave me a clearer image of our direction as a band, and ,in turn, inspired the recording of the new album.

Q) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?

A) I heard a great quote once, “All music eventually finds its audience. Unfortunately, the ones with the most money will usually find it faster.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. It’s not enough just to be a great writer or band, you really have to educate yourself on the business side of music. The more you know about how the industry turns great songs into hits, the easier it is to decide where to spend what limited funds you have to work with.
I think if you’re honest with yourselves about where you are as a band in your growth process and know when and how to connect with the right professional, the chances of having your music fall on the right set of ears is much greater.

Q) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?

A) If I had a chance to sign with a major I would. There’s a lot of pride that comes with being a DIY band but the more success you achieve the more help you need. It’s a ton of work managing, writing, booking, playing and promoting. You can only take it so far on your own before you eventually burn out. The writing starts to suffer as a result of all the business that needs to be done. If you want to be able to focus on being great artists you’re going to need some help.

Q) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?

A) I don’t think the industry even has a solid model anymore. It’s such an evolving landscape. With the collapse of cd sales and declining mp3 sales, the industry has now turned it’s attention to streaming services for a payout. As long as technology keeps changing the way people consume their music, the industry will be forced to change the way it does business.

Q) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?

A) I believe it affected both sides of the industry in a positive way. The artist gets to build their following and get good local recognition on their own without having to pay back a record company for artist development. That saves the artist from starving and making costly mistakes. It also allows a industry professional to monitor a band, watch their growth and progress and know when to approach them. Both sides win.

Q) What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?

A) There’s nothing more depressing than devoting all your time, money and soul to a project only to have it fall apart for reasons out of your control. And to have it happen over and over again. It can be crushing on your moral and lead to some pretty deep depression. I decided when Heavy AmericA formed that I was going to involve myself into every aspect of running the band. I’ve learned from all my past mistakes and waiting for someone else to fix a problem isn’t an option. It can be difficult sometimes to meet everyone’s needs but if you’re able to create constant forward movement you’ll also create positive attitudes. This is what keeps the band together, being a great role model is key.

Q) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more $$$ are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?

A) Selling out to me is involving yourself in a genre you have no business being in. We all evolve as players and most of our influences span decades and different genres. But if you’re a metal head who’s in a pop rock band just to make a few bucks, then you’re a sell out. We all would like to make a good living at being a musician, we all have bills to pay. But you need to be true to yourself and your craft. People notice if you’re not and they will call you out on it. There are so many ways for an artist or band to monetize their music today without having to sacrifice their dignity.

Q) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?

A) I want them to be able to find their story in our music. To relate and be moved emotionally, regardless of the emotion.

Heavy AmericA, More than the sum of their influences – Jamsphere Magazine

It is an indisputable fact that real rock has gone by the wayside. Often we hear of a band that has brought it back, only to find out they missed the mark by a long shot. Three piece band Heavy AmericA, has hit that mark and obliterated it. The crunchy chords; the distortion; the slamming drums; the vocals out front: it has the ingredients that made their predecessors huge. If you’re into that 60’s and 70’s hard rock sound that was coined by bands like Spooky Tooth and Black Sabbath (with Ozzy), a then you will love this new track, entitled “Pray For Me”.

However weird it may sound, it’s refreshing to hear new music that rekindles the spirit of the classic rock era. There are thick, thundering guitar riffs and massive bass lines courtesy of Budd Lapham (bass, vox), plus the high, Ozzy-esque wail of singer Mike Sequin (lead vox, guitars, keys) and the thumping drums by Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vox).

That said, Heavy AmericA proves that they are more than the sum of their influences. Their hard rock is raw, and energetic, the sort of thing you can dance or mosh to, it’s sharp and wild around the edges.

This is the way rock was and is meant to be. The trio has power and a presence that is rarely seen these days. Anyone from the old-school rocker to the ones trying to find authentic and solid rock these days should give Heavy AmericA a chance to blow their minds.

Plenty of bands exhibit a burning devotion to the styles of a bygone era, but the ones worth listening to have always been the ones who bring something of their own to the mix. On “Pray For Me”, Heavy AmericA bring plenty of their own. The band arrives through our speakers with little pretension or instrumental self-indulgence – it’s straight down to business, like any self-respecting rock band should be.

“Pray For Me” is a riff crazy rock and roll track, full of the energy and references to a time in music history that this band understands well. If you like straight forward hard rock with great guitar riffs and super vocals and a tight rhythm section, then you are in for a treat here.