Local Music Review: The Heavy Guilt

Artist: The Heavy Guilt 

Songs: The following are available to stream on the band’s myspace page:

  • “Clove”: Like a warm blanket on a cold night with a campfire burning, this song engulfs you in its lonely warmth. The slow organ and acoustic guitar gives this songs a jazzy feel.
  • “Mixed Messages”: Vocals switch between speakers like a conversation happening across the room or whispers in your ears. A soothing instrumental break takes your brain on a journey to your own thoughts to “reminisce the day.”
  • “Let This Daylight Rest in Peace”: Gritty rock like you would expect in a rural bar as a backdrop for a bar brawl. But the lyrics remind me that it is almost time to go home. Perhaps this will become my new anthem for quittin’ time.
  • “Hope You Still Believe”: The American Dream in a song. Hopes and aspirations for a new day and positive thinking. Like a lullaby for the broken- and down-hearted.

Overall: The Heavy Guilt is the perfect name for this band. They are less “heavy” in terms of metal, but plenty heavy on the mellow, thought-provoking music. I imagine this band doing chill instrumental jams for hours, deep into the sounds of each other. I have yet to see The Heavy Guilt, as many of the bands I choose for the local music review, but I can’t wait to see them soon.

One of the reasons I am reviewing The Heavy Guilt is due to their involvement in the North Park Festival of Arts in May. Thank you, Rosey from San Diego Dialed In for booking these guys on the Main Stage. For the weeks leading up to the event, I will be reviewing bands who will be playing the event on various stages. Stay tuned for more!

Albums: Lift Us Up From This (2009) debut 12 song album is available through the band’s webstorereapandsow.com, Amazon and iTunes.

Calendar:  The Heavy Guilt have a couple shows on their calendar right now: 

Photo courtesy of one of the band’s photographers: Anton Orlov, Steve Wiley or Amber Martin


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