If there ever was a Nashville north, Cinncinnati might be in the running for that musically contagious population. The city on the Ohio River separated by a bridge from Kentucky spawns a musical heritage that includes punk, garage rock, soul, and a vast array of bluegrass and folk offerings. Take the Queen City’s The Heavy Hours who are putting their multi-dimensional American roots music that melts the arena rock shininess of Coldplay with an unabashed nod to inspirations that include The Band. But others caught on too to their sound, most notably the most respected producer in rock today – Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Last summer the four-piece released their first single “Don’t Walk Away,” a folksy anthem co-written by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Most recently The Heavy Hours made their way to Sun Mountain Studios in Boiceville, NY to record with producer Simone Felice and his longtime studio collaborator David Baron (Vance Joy, Matt Maeson). The results are Wildfire, a five-song collection that further exemplifies their distinctive strain of warm-hearted, open-armed alternative rock. Working with renowned producer Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Matt Maeson, The Avett Brothers), the Cincinnati, OH-based band infuse well-crafted powerful songs like “Desperate Days” and “Wildfire” that showcase The Heavy Hours as transporters of an Americana sound rich in melody, hooks and big anthems.
Glide is premiering the video for the title track today off The Heavy Hours’ Wildfire today, an effervescent and soulful Americana track that showcases big hooks and melodic triumphs. There is a button pressed on the nostalgia and modern that enables The Heavy Hours’ compositions to soar.
“We make an effort not to be a band that takes themselves too seriously, but we also make a conscious effort to be a band that makes seriously good music. This video strikes a perfect balance between a light-hearted journey and a classic Heavy Hours banger, while capturing the sense of freedom and adventure we were feeling when writing and recording ‘Wildfire”, says the band.