Some of rock's greatest bands share an interesting quality: soul. Cream, The Stooges, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Afghan Whigs and Vanilla Fudge all played glorious rock at concussive volumes but were also swinging to an unmistakable beat, filtering their thunderous bluster through a soul crooner's sensibility. Heavy Glow qualifies for that exclusive roll call.
Heavy Glow frontman/creative sparkplug Jared Mullins was steeped in soulful rock, born and raised in Cleveland, OH - a vibrant artistic influence and a rolling stone's throw from the Midwest's rock-and-soul capitol, Detroit, MI. Direct contact and distant proximity profoundly effected the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter as he compiled his musical toolbox, and that impact ripples through Heavy Glow's new release, the guitars-and-soul-to-11 swaggerfest of Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine.
Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine is potent proof of Heavy Glow's deep influences. The process that shaped the first two EPs and evolved with their full length debut achieves blistering fruition on Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine as Jared, bassist Joe Brooks and a battery of drummers forge dramatic new sounds from the familiar elements they've consistently utilized on a brutally personal, painfully honest and viscerally raw set of songs.
Heavy Glow constructed Pearls & Swine on a foundation of fuzz-fueled hard rock, appointed with psychedelically-tinted blues and beautifully textured washes of Motown/Memphis soul. Simultaneously, a punkish verve cattle prods the retro rock vibe squarely into right now.