The Heavy North: Liverpool blues rock band talk 2021, tour & debut album
With a single released and a new album coming up, 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for the Merseyside group.
Liverpool blues rock five-piece group ‘The Heavy North’ spoke about their time in the industry so far, their hopes for the new year and preparation for their debut album.
Kicking off 2022 in style, the band released a new single âSatisfy Youâ on New Years Day.
The band is made up of Kenny Stuart (singer / songwriter and guitarist), Jose Ibanez (guitarist and producer), Andrew Horrocks (bassist), Ste Penn (keyboard) and Mark Rice (drums).
The band’s life began in the summer of 2018 when Kenny and Jose invited Ste, Andy and Mark to visit Jose’s 3e Planet recording studio in Liverpool.
The band performed their first show under the name “The Heavy North” in November 2018 and released a few singles.
This was followed by a debut EP titled âDive Bar Bluesâ in 2020. Now the band is preparing to release their debut album âElectric Soul Machineâ.
âWe’ve been lucky as a group to stay as active as possible during the pandemic,â the guys said. LiverpoolWorld.
âWe were getting ready to release our first EP in 2020 and had just finished filming music videos and live shows.
âWe also took the opportunity to write and record new tracks between blocks at Jose’s studio, as well as getting involved in some of the live broadcast events and online gigs.
âIn fact, one of our highlights was playing a set that was broadcast live from the M&S Bank Arena during the pandemic for the Liverpool Digital Music Festival in August 2020.
“We’re also grateful for a lot of the support online over the past 18 months, especially from Twitter where there are big supporters and champions of the new music.”
The group has had a busy 2021, despite the pandemic and the restrictions.
A big moment for them was to finish recording the first album at 3e Planet Recordings, as well as to share a few singles with fans and followers during the year.
Towards the end of 2021, they started playing ârealâ concerts again, which was great for the band.
These included a London debut show at the Fiddler in Kilburn.
This was part of a small series of shows that included a sold-out show in Jimmy’s hometown in November and it was great to meet so many people who had discovered our music during the various lockdowns!
The sound of the band has been described as ‘soul’ or ‘soul rock’, especially when people hear Kenny’s voice and can hear elements of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, but the easiest way to describe it would be the garage / blues rock.
The sound has also been compared to Led Zeppelin, Free, Black Sabbath, Rival Sons and The Black Keys.
Recording of the album ended in the summer of 2021, when it was made available for pre-order on 12 âvinyl and CD.
The whole process took around 18 months, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s also something the group didn’t want to rush.
The band added, âJose did an amazing job not only as the band’s guitarist, but as a producer, and we’re grateful that we were able to take our time with the recording process and chomp on Electric Soul Machine for a while. several months.
âSimilar to how we chose the name of our first EP ‘Dive Bar Blues’, Electric Soul Machine’s title consisted of a few words that we felt were well suited to the sound of the band, especially after being described as having a “sound of the soul.
“There is also a vague reference to two slightly obscure bands from the 1960s – ‘The Electric Prunes’ and ‘The Soft Machine'”
The band have set their hopes for 2022, first for themselves and then for the music industry.
They said, “Firstly, our hope is that the 12 inch vinyl copies of our debut album are coming soon!”
âWe can’t wait to share the finished product with everyone who has supported the band over the past three years, and we can’t wait to play some of the new tracks live for the first time when the album arrives.
âSecond, we are gradually seeing the music industry rebuilding itself. While it’s great to see so many independent local sites that have survived through campaigns, grants, and crowdfunding, there are many that haven’t.
“The UK music industry must be sustainable for everyone – venues, promoters and artists like us – and I hope that in 2022 we will see the return of unrestricted ‘decent’ concerts in venues across the Kingdom. -United.”