Heavy Creatures

Heavy Creatures

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Heavy Creatures rumbles like the sound of a 450 horsepower engine driven by desert vikings, barrelling through the desert night under the skies of Titan and a full moon....

Biography

Heavy Creatures started making music together in the fall of 2004 in DUMBO, Brooklyn in a 140 year old monolithic warehouse basement. The place is haunted with ancient sailors, withered pines and sparkling red rubies. With the cohesion of all of these elements, a wonderful incantation of rock, sea shanty choruses and psychedelia has been born.

Their musical influences are on the fringe of many bands but most notably The Doors, early 70s era Heart and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Heavy Creatures' debut recording "Loaded Sky", hits you immediately with the pummeling instrumental opener "Black Roller" and goes straight into "Mid Night Mares" which showcases the duo vocal intensity of Sarah and Kelley. "Loaded Sky" takes the listener through an up and down psychedelic landscape that ranges from loud to ethereal and back again.

After a year of playing live shows around New York City and shaping their strange sound, they decided to make a record. The only way to do it right was to stay exactly where their sound was born; right in that DUMBO basement. Everything was recorded live by talented engineer & pedal designer John Schumann; who has designed pedals for Radiohead, Sparklehorse and Portishead. The recording and mixing are all analog, every step of the way. Tracking it live was paramount. The raw sounds, arrangements, and overall strangeness of the songs are what makes an organic live recording a brilliant way to introduce themselves to the world.

After the initial tracks were complete, they made their way over to Gary Olson's Marlborough Farms Studio for some overdubs and mixing. This studio has created excellent recordings for bands such as Ladybug Transistor, The Essex Green and Patrick Kauffmann's solo record. The next step was to head on down to Fat City Studios, in Blue Bell Pennsylvania to work with Paul Hammond and Paul Sinclair for mastering. Having just mastered the album Espers II, this team was perfect for the final step.

Each band member hails from a musical background. Kelley Vaughn (guitar-vocals) is from a family of southern gospel piano players and this is her first musical project. Sarah Blust ( keyboard-vocals -percussion) (also ex-Marmalade, Succubus) has been in many musical projects since her days at Oberlin in the early 90s. She is also currently in the political marching band The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and plays drums with the band Flaming Fire. Patrick Kauffman (Drums) is also an accomplished musician who, during the beginning of Heavy Creatures, simultaneously completed his first stellar solo full length release "On The Mysterious Other".

Above all, no matter what the background is, Heavy Creatures are truly making an original sound.

Lyrics

Mid Night Mares

Written By: Kelley Vaughn & Sarah Blust

Mid Night Mares are a callin’
Far away from the brakeman

And they’re poundin’ on my ceilin’
Metal wheels they’re a rollin’

Burnin’ rubber couldn’t stop them
Crawlin’ up & down my walls man

Get away I’m a runnin’
Hounds o darkness
You ain’t comin’

Well now maybe I want you
And I ain’t afraid to say to

Come around here drinkin’ fire
Hold your head underwater

Spittin’ heat dirty mangrove
Final look and then go

Well the sun’s goin’ down down
And it’s time to pull you in now

Mid Night Mares are a callin’
Far away from the brakeman

And they’re poundin’ on my ceilin’
Metal wheels they’re a rollin’

Spittin’ heat dirty mangrove
Final look and then go

Well the sun’s goin’ down down
And it’s time to pull you in now

Launch of the Gelding March

Written By: Kelley Vaughn (arranged by Heavy Creatures)

Brown and black
Taut and leather

Horses follow
To the water

Hooves they scatter
Line by line

In salt water
In salt water
In salt water

Run together
With fever ships
Setting sail
Wood and water

Deep they swim
Dark sky moves
Manes a flutter
One together

Out at sea
Latitude
Gelding
Now you are free

Out at sea
Latitude
Gelding
Now you are free

Run together
With fever ships
Setting sail
Wood and water

Deep they swim
Dark sky moves
Manes a flutter
One together

Here
Now
Quick
And
Soon

‘neath
one
slick
black
rising
moon

Discography

Loaded Sky - LP, 2006

Set List

Our set is about 45 minutes. We change the set each time we play to cater to the mood of the particular event.

Typical Set List - 8-10 songs - no covers