The Heavy Sandwich
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The Heavy Sandwich

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"Layer on the music with The Heavy Sandwich"

Last Halloween, five men entered Scandal’s on Rock Hill’s Cherry Road dressed as different versions of Steve Martin from the 1979 film “The Jerk.”
The gas station jerk, the newly-rich jerk, the carnival-working jerk, the karate jerk and the broken, disheveled jerk with his pants around his ankles made up a band that’s been in Rock Hill since 2004, more or less, and they played Radiohead’s “The Bends” album all the way through.
If you didn’t see it, here’s a chance to redeem yourself.
The Heavy Sandwich will play at 8 tonight at McHale’s on Main, 122 E. Main St., downtown Rock Hill, for the release of the group’s first album, “Songs about Stuff Sometimes.”
It’s a 13-track modge podge of jam band, prog rock and folksy Carolina nostalgia, recorded over the past year in the back of Woody’s Music.
The band will be be playing “stuff” from the new album, a discography that stretches topics from the Catawba River and the South Carolina Lowcountry to an A-frame house where the band first performed.
“We tried to use lyrics that add a sense of place,” said Ashley Peeples, bassist, guitarist and lead vocalist for The Heavy Sandwich. “Having a CD come out is going to help connect people to that.”
The Heavy Sandwich didn’t begin in the classified section looking for bandmates. Peeples, 32; Matt Thomasson and Adam Scull, both 30; John Nipe, 35; and Stuart Sealy, 28, met through the Rock Hill school system and have been playing together in arrangements since their teens and years before.
They’re already planning for album number two, and the band is eager to get out a disc of the originals they’ve played on stage at civic shows and area pubs.
You may have seen them open for bands Parallel and A-1-A at April’s Come-See-Me Tailgate Party. At this July’s Red White and Boom, a local bash put on by the city of Rock Hill in the Old Town Amphitheater, they’ll play a full Allman Brothers set with two extra drummers and a keyboard player.
Sandwich members’ influences range from Led Zeppelin to Elvis Costello, but they’ll take cover requests from any Skynyrd or Beatles fan. They most recently mastered a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” in reggae tempo and dubbed it “Ja Train.”
“When people hear the name ‘Heavy Sandwich,’ they think heavy metal,” Peeples said, “but it’s not about the sound of it being heavy. It’s about getting more than you expected.”
One treat that Heavy Sandwich fans have begun to expect is costumes: bees, wedding dresses, cheeseburger hats, fake mustaches over real mustaches, Charlie Brown.
“We almost wore ‘Star Trek’ costumes to this interview,” Thomasson joked to The Herald.
But tonight’s event isn’t just about promoting the debut album, bandmates said. It’s about promoting the York County music scene, a generation of musicians who have been around for decades.
They include musicians such as Tim and Jeff Jones, Dave Wooten and the band Truckstop Preachers, plus a slew of others, who have developed their craft without a central music hub like some of Rock Hill’s neighbors. And many are turned away from those hubs because of a lack of promotion.
“Having limited venues in Rock Hill has created an incubator for musicians here,” Peeples said. “A lot of people play together and do things together, and we’ve all been doing that for years.”
The night will open with performances by locals Gregory Ellis, Craig Lentz, Jason Walker, members of Neighbor’s Acres and more.
“You can dance if you want to,” Peeples said. “We’re working hard to create a Rock Hill music scene and original, high-quality music. There’s a lot here if people just pay attention.”
- Christy Mullins • The Herald


Songs About Stuff Sometimes (2008 - LP)
"Nothing At All" (track played on WXRY Columbia)
"Eve" featured on Oasis Alternative Sampler 2008
Music submitted to the television show "Scrubs" at show producer request.



You’re hungry.

Driving through the middle of nowhere, the only food available is in a mid-major supermarket in a nondescript strip mall. You walk to the deli counter, suspiciously perusing the pre-packaged food before you. Of all the choices, it seems a regular sandwich would be the safest bet. But as you reach for it, you are shocked by the weight it carries and the reasonable price it offers. This is far more than you’d expected. It’s huge, and it’s more satisfying than you were hoping for.

That’s The Heavy Sandwich.

Originally conceived as a live band, they constantly tweaked their performances to encompass a startling diversity of sound. Rock, blues, improv, pop, funk, r&b – you name it, and they can play it. The musical ability of each member has allowed The Sandwich to play virtually whatever they want, and the voracious appetites of their fans encourage them to do so. All of the five are prolific songwriters, so original material is a luxury. Taking advantage of this, the band recently wrapped up recording of their debut album, “Songs About Stuff Sometimes”.

A THS live show can be unpredictable, but in the best way possible. Club shows lean toward blistering improv, heavy dynamics and spontaneity. Theater shows reveal the depth of the music and lyrics. A recent show, in an old courthouse, was notable because THS completely rearranged its songs, adding violin, banjo, tons of percussion and a beautiful old grand piano. The band always wants to try something new, and always wants to surprise listeners. Whether it's on a couple of acoustic guitars or a full electric setup, THS always delivers.

With already well over 17,000 MySpace plays, limitless ideas and a rabid following, The Heavy Sandwich is just beginning.