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Boundaries pushed in glorious fashion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — British band The Heavy looked to the past to name its new album.

“There are war monuments all over the U.K., and we were inspired by them,” says Daniel Taylor, the band’s guitarist, during a recent interview from Ohio. “I thought the title was a beautiful contradiction. It’s unusual to describe being dead as glorious and it almost sounds like a horror film.”

The four-piece band from Noid, England, came up with the title “The Glorious Dead.” The band consists of Chris Ellul, Spencer Page, Kelvin Swaby and Taylor.

Taylor says the album was recorded in Georgia, where the band also got inspiration for the battles that were fought in the area. The album was started in October 2011 and was completed in April.


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“We were really pleased with the results in the album,” he says. “It was important for us to push our boundaries on this record.”

Helping them along the way was super producer Gabriel Roth. He produces soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and produced songs for Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album.

Taylor says working with Roth was a dream come true because he found a new sound for the band.

“We knew Roth from working with Amy and Sharon,” he says. “What was great was we were able to get out to Daptone Records and record there. It was an amazing experience.”

Taylor says Roth was able to fuse the band’s rock and soul sides.

“He has such a great ear when it comes to music,” he explains. “He’s brilliant. He can break down a song with the smallest effort. We were so inspired with his work that it forced us to push ourselves to get on his level.”

The band’s single “How Do You Like Me Now?” recently helped it gain more exposure. The single was used during a video montage during the 2012 Summer Olympics before the 100-meter men’s final.

“We were stunned that we were hearing our song,” he explains. “We were sitting there and just in awe that we were getting this international exposure. To think that the song started out in my bedroom while I was making beats on a sampler. I had to pinch myself and I realized it was real.”

While the Olympics spot was the biggest, The Heavy’s music has been used in TV and in film, which the band sees as great marketing.

“A lot of people see using songs in TV and film as selling out,” he says. “We have been doing all of this on our own. If companies want to come up to us and use our music in a tasteful way, then we have no objections. It gives us a greater opportunity to get our music heard.”

While the band tours the United States, Taylor says it is keeping busy, but not writing music.

“We’re addicted to ‘Breaking Bad’ and can’t wait for our show in New Mexico,” he explains. “We’re only on season two because it’s released internationally at a slower pace. But we’re hopefully going to make time to see some of the show’s sites.”

The Heavy
With The Silent Comedy
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Sol at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $12 at or 886-1251