We have the chance to finish 2016 with an awesome interview from Heavy English !
Hello guys. Thanks for taking time to answer our questions! Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about how the band first formed?
Hi! We’re Heavy English, originally from New York. After some time away from their old band Envy on the Coast, Sal and Dan began writing what would eventually become our debut record, Pop Wasteland. Ari joined the mix shortly thereafter.
How did you come up with the name ‘Heavy English’?
It was a battle, as these things generally are, but shout out to Google Docs for keeping us organized. I like to frame it in billiard terms, but it was mostly based on phonetics. Our runner-up was six words and a question mark, so I think we made the right call.
What do you think sets you part from other bands?
We’re not necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather filter our three individual influences into one cohesive package. But it would most certainly be our private jet.
Who are your main influences as a band?
Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Amy Winehouse, Fiona Apple, Old Grand-dad.
You guys just released your album ‘Pop Wasteland’. Can you tell us more about it?
We wrote and recorded most of the album at Dan’s home studio on Long Island, which gave us time and space to explore sounds, songs and resources. It was a hyper creative situation rounded out with help from Bryan Russell, who kept the band on task. The basic trio tracking was done live, which gives the album a nice elasticity.
According to you, does your single ‘Higher than You’ best reflect the spirit of this album?
Although that song was the last to make the record, it was certainly a necessary piece of the puzzle. In many ways, “Higher Than You” combines the Pop and Wasteland elements of the record into one song – it has a stark element, which permeates the whole album.
You guys can stream ‘Higher than You’ on Soundcloud !
How was your songwriting process for this record?
Generally relaxed. Having the opportunity to jam and immediately demo music was huge for us, and it helped shape the vibe of the record in an organic way. Sal had a couple preexisting songs like “Black Dog” and “Fix Us” that were reworked, otherwise it was all new material.
You stated on your Facebook page that we’ll hear more music next year. Can we expect another release anytime soon?
There are a handful of songs that didn’t fit the progression of the album that we still really love – those b-sides will be out early next year.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you?
Releasing this album has definitely been the standout. It’s been a long time coming, and we had to weather a few storms on the non-creative side of the process to get here. The patience of our fans, who have stuck with us since “21 Flights” came out, has been incredible.
Any plans to hit the road soon?
That’s first priority. We’re bicoastal band mates, so the goal is to hit both sides of the country within a relatively short period of time.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans and our readers? Thanks!
Thank you for being patient with us – we’re only at the starting line.