Showing posts with label Heavy Cream. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Heavy Cream. Show all posts

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Untitled Interview #65 – SXSW Edition: Starring Heavy Cream

The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter and sweeter, and that, my little vixens, can only mean one thing: it's getting close to being almost time for the one and only SXSW. And of course, that means I had to ask some questions of the bands I'd sure want to see if I was heading down to Austin for the 25th annual SXSW-stravaganza.

A few months back I saw a little band called Heavy Cream when they brought their sonic Tennessee tornado through DC, y'all, and was totally ripped to shreds by how good they were. They've got all the brash sass of vintage Runaways and the bratty snarl of The Black Lips (probably minus the super crass teenage boy vibe, though). In other words, they're not to be missed. Do you hear me, O SXSW attendees? Do not miss this band. Here's what the scamps of Heavy Cream had to say about the industry shindig:

Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Heavy Cream: We are taking a big blue van.

LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
HC: Daniel will forget his bass. Everyone else will be ready to go.

LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
HC: We don't know yet. For sure the Panache Showcase and the Volcom Showcase. Take us to your party!!!

LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
HC: Really stoked to see Thee Oh Sees.

LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
HC: Finding a parking spot. That's gunna suck. Then we will head to HEAVY METAL PIZZA.

LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician ormember of the general public?
HC: Skull Bone, Lynyrd Skynyrd headlined.

LET: Favorite thing about festivals?
HC: Kandy Kids

[photo by Justine Orrall]

Monday, September 13, 2010

100 Shows of 2010 - #59: Unnatural Helpers/Heavy Cream @ Black Cat, 8/31/10

Sometimes DC really, really pisses me off. Such times include when the parking gestepo gets a smidge overzealous, or when some event or other blocks off a bazillion blocks when you're late getting somewhere. But DC also vexes me when good bands come to town and few people venture out to see them. Sure, it's happened quite a bit this year, but this here show was SO FUCKING GOOD that it really bugged me more people weren't there to experience it. So, fellow denizens of the District and environs, I chide you if you were not there for the amazing Heavy Cream and the brilliant Unnatural Helpers. After all, this was without question one of my top shows of the year. And now you'll have to listen to my gloat gratuituously about having been there for it.

MINI RECAP: Heavy Cream = Howlingly Colossal! Unnatural Helpers = Unnervingly Neat! Overall Score: A.

It took me all of about three nanoseconds to decide that I loved Heavy Cream. Their songs were short and spiky, full of lady cajones and overflowing with sass. I loved their chunky, heavy riffage and driving drum beat. It was pure, simple rock and roll, in your face and unadulterated, which is pretty much all you could ever want or need as far as I'm concerned. Frontgrrl Jessica has stage presence in spades, hopping off the stage into the crowd, twisting and shouting her way through song after song in blissful, howling abandon. At times she seemed to sneer her way through the songs, which only added to their edgy appeal. This, my loves, is a goddam awesome band. They are magically, scuzzily delicious. I couldn't help but toy with the thought that Heavy Cream is what might have happened had the bratty gents of The Black Lips been mostly girls and living in Nashville instead of the Peach State. Their spitfire sound was a thing to behold, all that noisy goodness providing the perfect antidote to the mundanity of Tuesday night. Their set came and went far, far too quickly, and I'm already holding my breath for their next trip back.

After that performance, it was going to take a hell of a lot to impress yours truly. Heavy Cream set one heck of a high bar, but Seattle's Unnatural Helpers was not to be outdone by those upstart Nashvilleans. I mean, a red gentleman's romper? You sir, are my hero. It takes a real man to wear a romper, my friends. Put that with the fact that Dean Helper sings whilst playing drums (Holy Levon Helm, y'all!), and I was bound to like Unnatural Helpers a whole lot. And then they started to play, and within a few moments of that unholy wail I knew I was in love. Their set was insanity, loud and brash and totally irresistible. At times, the noise was overwhelming, so much rock and so many layers! Perhaps veering towards what the kids call artpunk, Unnatural Helpers took no prisoners. Ferocity was oozing out of ever pore up on that stage, and it was a beautiful, beautiful thing. My mind, well, I have to say it was pretty much blown.

While Unnatural Helpers were definitely a little more "out there" than Heavy Cream, this bill made total, perfect sense to me (the winning formula of noisy rock + noisy rock = bliss). All bills should be this great! I urge you, nay, implore you, nay, demand you to go immediately forth and procure all music by both bands that you can find, and to go and see them live whenever you can. I promise, you'll be so very glad you listened to me. DC folks, that goes double for you. You owe yourself one.

mp3: Watusi (Heavy Cream from Danny)

mp3: Girl In The Window (Unnatural Helpers from Cracked Love & Other Drugs)