A young band, on their first gig overseas, playing melodic jazz rock to a bunch of metal heads at 2:30 pm on the first big day of bands at Hevy. Something about it just seems so right. The young upstarts take the stage with a little warm up, and the crowd fills pretty swiftly. Maybe it was Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy being their biggest advocate on social media, or maybe the crowd wanted some colourful musical entertainment to kick off their night of mayhem.
CHON played most of their new LP ‘Grow‘ and a few old ones. The band were absolutely meticulous! For their first international gig the boys were cool and confident. The crowd were soaking it all in, joining in with the breakdown for set closer ‘Perfect Pillow‘. Completed with a selfie with the band and crowd to commemorate, this young and somewhat unconventional band had a very successful set. We look forward to seeing CHON back in the UK hopefully very soon! 9/10
I didn’t mean to stumble upon Vales. I was supposed to be checking out OHHMS in a different tent. What I stumbled onto was a real pleasant surprise. Vales entered the stage with a lot of promise, and wasted no time releasing a visceral aural assault on the crowded tent. I’d never heard the band before, but you could see the enthusiasm in vocalist Chlo Edwards face. The band crushed the set from what I saw – I left halfway through to catch OHHMS. I wish I had more to say about Vales, other than the fact they instantly turned me into a fan. Great sound, high energy and the crowd were really into it. Bravo, Vales. 7/10
Although I only caught the second half of their set, they were by far the most atmospheric of all the bands I caught that weekend. I entered the tent to billowing smoke and heavy blues – it felt like home! The bass player was crushing it with killer grooves whilst the vocalist performed in weird and wonderful ways. Long stoner metal jams and a little bit of noise experimentation from the bass players impressive pedal board. If you get a chance to see OHHMS in your area, check them out. 6/10
One of my most anticipated bands of the weekend, unfortunately, the feeling wasn’t entirely reciprocated. The tent was barely half full, but this didn’t stop Black Tusk from thrashing through their set. No thrills, just rock ’n roll from the Georgia trio. With a few oldies and one new track, unfortunately Black Tusk were met with a lacklustre response. 5/10