Name: The Heavies
Genre: Aggro-surf / Industrial strength surf
Geographical Area: Chicagoland / NWI
Interview with: John by email on 10/30/07
Jason - guitar/bass
Jim - drums
John - bass/guitar
Christmas 1999: Jason and I were talking about music and got on the subject of surf-instro and both expressed interest in playing it. Three months later we started getting together at his place and learned about 15-20 songs with me playing rhythm and him on lead. We looked for about 18 months for a drummer and bass player with no luck. Jay knew Jim from some job sites they had worked at and asked him to play drums with us. The 3 of us started practicing regularly in the spring of '02 in Jim's parents' garage while we kept looking for a bass player. Jim's Dad thought the stuff we were playing sounded great and started learning the bass lines. We played our first "show" labor day weekend 2002 at a 3-band birthday party as a 4-piece. Two months later, his dad passed the bass duties on to Jim's brother, who moved to California and soon the revolving door started. After 4 years and 7 different bass players we decided to become a 3 piece and I picked up the bass. They still let me play guitar on about 3-6 songs every set and Jay switches to bass.
Jay - The Beatles / Iron Maiden / classical music
Jim - The Beatles / Sublime / Nirvana
John - The Beach Boys / Pixies / Black Flag
25% originals / 75% covers
5. What recording have you done?
We recorded a 7 song promo CD in 2003 with 6 covers and
an early version of an original song called Bitemark. In winter of 2006 we
recorded 10 original songs for our CD "Rise Above".
6. What kind of gear do you use?
7. What is your bandís favorite food/beverage?
Pizza & beer
8. How do you get gigs?
We beg, borrow and steal. Oh, and a lot of networking.
High energy, stage presence, and
our matinee' idol good looks (really!)
The internet (MySpace, NESMA
We've played about 115 shows in
the past 5 years, so picking one is kinda hard. Maybe the time we played at Yogi
Bear's Jellystone Park 4th of July '04. Some kid set a stink bomb off behind the
stage during a song and Jim vomited from the smell but never quit playing and
didn't skip a beat! A few songs later our bass player got tangled in my guitar
cord and flipped my amp out of it's stand, knocking my back-up guitar over and
sending it off the stage and out onto the main floor. They never asked us back.
13. What do you hope to get
out of being a NESMA member?
14. Anything else?
We appreciate being allowed to be a part of this scene and we only see it getting BIGGER and BETTER!!! Our thanks go out to everyone for their support.