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The Heavy and The Silent Comedy


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Sun., Sept. 2, 9 p.m. 2012 21+

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The Heavy are among the most recent in a long line of British bands to get rich by mastering American R&B and selling it back to us. Last week, their third studio album, The Glorious Dead, came out in the US. I confess that the call-and-response between singer Kelvin Swaby and a trio of gospel ladies caused me to replay the single, "What Makes a Good Man?" three times in a row the first time I heard it. (Well, five.) Reminiscent of grindhouse soundtracks and Enter the Wu-Tang, the sinister production—which they did themselves—is what makes the album such a grower. Menacing strings, grimy horns, and a blurry guitar create the thick backdrop for Swaby's mind-boggling vocal acrobatics: When he's not being gritty and tortured, he sounds almost tender, with the decisive enunciation and precise modulation of Curtis Mayfield. REBECCA WILSON

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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This event is in the past.
  • Sun., Sept. 2, 9 p.m. 2012
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