There are two types of rock 'n' roll. There's the kind we usually get around Bend, the kind that sounds good turned up loud and makes for a fun night out.
And then there's the kind of rock 'n' roll that is so diabolically smokin', it'll make you shimmy and shake until you sweat blood and your legs are reduced to ashes. It's real — like, really real — rock 'n' roll that sounds postmarked from another time, when bands mingled rock and blues and soul not because it was marketable, but because their family tree was still young, and its branches hadn't yet pushed them so far apart.
The Heavy make the second kind of rock 'n' roll.
This band is a revelation: Four young guys from small-town, southwest England who play gritty, groovy, greasy garage rock that drips with authentic soul, thanks not only to an instrumental crew that's tighter than your belt after Thanksgiving dinner, but also the butter-and-sandpaper vocal prowess of Kelvin Sawby, who in all likelihood was just born with “it.”
Check them out at www.theheavy.co.uk, and be sure to click the link through to the MySpace and hear a bunch more songs.
The Heavy, with Mosley Wotta ; 9 p.m. Wednesday; $10; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-388-8331 or www.myspace.com/musicsilvermoon.
— Ben Salmon