First Congregational Church of MontclairMontclair, NJ, United States

The Heavy Heavy (Matthew Fowler to open)

By Outpost in the Burbs (other events)

Friday, October 6 2023 8:00 PM EDT

About The Heavy Heavy

The Heavy Heavy create the kind of unfettered rock-and-roll that warps time and place,
immediately pulling the audience into a euphoric fugue state with its own sun-soaked
atmosphere. Led by lifelong musicians Will Turner and Georgie Fuller, the Brighton, UK-based
band began with a shared ambition of “making records that sound like our favorite records ever,”
and soon arrived at a reverb-drenched collision of psychedelia and blues, acid rock and
sunshine pop. As revealed on their gloriously hazy debut EP Life and Life Only, The Heavy
Heavy breathe an incandescent new energy into sounds from decades ago, transcending eras
with a hypnotic ease.
In dreaming up Life and Life Only, The Heavy Heavy tapped into many of the musical
touchstones that Turner describes as “deeply entrenched in our psyche”: Peter Green-era
Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones, British Invasion pop acts like the Hollies, folk-blues duo
Delaney & Bonnie, to name just a few. Pushing past the confines of reverential pastiche, the
band imbues their output with a strangely charmed quality and heady authenticity undeniably
tied to their status as artists on the fringe, both philosophically and geographically. To that end,
Turner hails from the remote town of Malvern, an enchanted stretch of the English countryside
once frequented by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and Kate Bush. “It’s famous for
the healing qualities of its water, and there are ancient trees where the Druids used to
worship—there’s a sort of magical-hippie aspect to it,” he notes. Fuller, meanwhile, elevates
every track with her spellbinding vocals and magnetic yet wholly unaffected presence, building
upon a kaleidoscopic career that’s included performing at Montreux Jazz Festival as a teenager
as well as acting in the London theater.
Rooted in their effusive harmonies and fuzzed-out guitar work, Life and Life Only contains the
first track Turner and Fuller ever recorded as The Heavy Heavy, a lilting piece of psych-pop
titled “Go Down River.” “I’d had this song a while and couldn’t quite finish it, but then once
Georgie added her vocals it all came together,” Turner recalls. “The male-female harmonies
gave it this whole new sound; it just felt like lying in the green grass on a hot sunny day.”
Self-produced in a London flat, the six-track project also brings that transportive power to songs
like “Miles and Miles” (a bright and jangly number whose whirlwind velocity calls to mind
late-’60s/early-’70s road dramas like Easy Rider and Vanishing Point), “Man of the Hills” (a
groove-heavy homage to Turner’s otherworldly hometown), and “Sleeping on Grassy Ground” (a
sweetly languid epic featuring a near-operatic vocal performance from Fuller, a classically
trained singer).
With their full-length debut due out in 2023, The Heavy Heavy recently expanded their lineup to
five members, allowing for an even more vast and bombastic sound now touched with heavenly
four-part harmonies. A massively prolific outfit who’ve written and recorded hundreds of songs
in the last two years alone, the band feels perpetually inspired by the pursuit of making music
that provides a rarefied pleasure. “The driving force behind all our songwriting is to feel good,
and to make other people feel good too,” Fuller points out. And thanks to their uncanny grace as
sonic alchemists, The Heavy Heavy ultimately perform a certain magic with their music: eliciting
a sublime daze that goes far beyond pure escapism.

About Matthew Fowler

Documenting all the joy and wonder and heartbreak and confusion of life in your early 20s, Matthew Fowler’s stunning labeldebut,The Grief We Gave Our Mother, is a profoundly personal work of self-discovery and introspection, but more thanthat, it’s an ode to growing up and chasing dreams. The songs here wrestle with love and loss in the face of ambition andindependence, and the arrangements are captivatingly complex to match, layering dynamic guitars, breathy woodwinds,and lush harmonies into a transcendent soundscape that blurs the lines between traditional roots music and experimentalchamber folk. The result is a record that’s at once bold and timid, hopeful and anxious, world-weary and naïve, an honest,revelatory collection all about forging a life of purpose, passion, and meaning.

Born and raised in Florida, Fowler fell in love with music at an early age, and by 19, he’d already self-released his debutand begun booking his own cross-country tours. Critics were quick to take notice, withAmerican SongwriterpraisingFowler’s “earnest, strummy songcraft” andThe Bluegrass Situationproclaiming that his “assured, velvety vocals are rivaledonly by the intimacy of his lyrics.” In addition to helping Fowler land support slots with everyone from Richard Thompsonand Damien Jurado to Angel Olsen and The Weepies, the music also caught the ear of acclaimed producer Shane Leonard,who invited Fowler to Eau Claire, WI, to complete work onThe Grief We Gave Our Motherin 2020

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Mailing Address

40 South Fullerton Ave Montclair, NJ 07042-3357