Heavy Looks is a dynamic power pop rock band based out of Madison, WI. In 2014, the band released their debut EP, Senses Growing Dull, and in December 2015, the band released their first full-length album, Waste It Right. They recently released a seven-song album entitled Apathy.
The album deals with a timeless topic that most people can relate to. It’s about a bitter breakup and the dissolution of a toxic relationship. That being said, these songs don’t feel filled with vitriol. The songs are catchy and often upbeat.
The album opens with “Gaslight” which is an infectious and catchy song. I was getting big ’90s vibes with this song and I loved the hook. It’s undeniable power pop that sounds big and powerful but also quite fun and sing-worthy.
“Get Away From Me” has a different singer and also sounds quite good. The lead guitar has a good amount of reverb and the song drives. It’s a slick tune that moves fast and works because of the catchy melodies. I also have to say the vocal harmonies were subtle but worked wonderfully in the song.
“Shake Me Up” was another good one. There’s a mix of power pop, garage rock and surf. The hook is just a blast with the drummer hitting hard and the vocalist singing the title of the song. Oh how I loved the grooves on “Grin & Bear It.” This song had a little more of a classic rock flavor. It’s smooth and dynamic but can also get quite epic. The thing I thought was cool was how the momentum changed.
“Big Boi” is what might be considered a ballad. The powerful female vocals are undeniable. It definitely aligns with the energy of a rock goddess like Patti Smith. They get back into catchy power pop with “Get Over It Day” which is a fast moving song. The band closes with a highlight entitled “Apathy.” They flirt with grunge here and the ending is a perfect climax to end things.
Overall, this album was a blast. The variation of vocalists was more than welcome because they both sounded good. More importantly the songs are well written with no extra fat. These are relatable songs you can rock out to and sing along with. Recommended.
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