Coming out of San Diego, by way of Cleveland, vocalist and guitarist Jared Mullins and bass player Joe Brooks formed Heavy Glow in 2008. While you may not have heard of them, the band has received some recognition, having songs appearing in television shows, Fox's short-lived The Good Guys and CBS's recent and returning Under The Dome. Several years ago, the band was featured in a Classic Rock magazine audio sampler.
Heavy Glow Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine is their second album and offers an interesting twist on some classic rock themes. Your first impression may be that you slipped 40 years into the past as much of the music here may remind you of the psychedelic Seventies. But there's also a rich layer of classic rock groove and, from his background and love for Motown, some real soul, with a touch of the blues.
Mullins definitely has a soulful tenor to his voice, nearly subdued. And his guitar work is quite interesting, slipping easily between classic rock lines to psychedelic to blues to even a touch of Metheny-like fusion on Fat Cat. Although others might be convinced that it's more a blues song. But that's the charm of this album and Heavy Glow's music. It's a fine brew of styles, instantly interesting and inviting, catchy and entertaining. While some might be tempted to put Heavy Glow in the psychedelic/stoner camp, it would be likely hard to find a band in those genres doing music like this. Other standout tracks include the groovy bounce of Domino, the jazzy licks and solid bass line of Got My Eye On You, the short Look What You're Doing to Me and it's catchy vocal arrangement and sublime guitar line. Heavy Glow Pearl's Pearls & Swine and Everything Fine is fine stuff, and easily recommended.
Blending a variety of music styles, Heavy Glow offers melodic, mildly psychedelic, rock with groove and soul.
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