Baltimore pop-punkers Heavyweights have announced their new EP, “Keep Your Friends Close”. Produced by Eric Taft from The Buzzlounge Studios, the record is set to drop on September 9th.
1. It’s Not Pretty, But It’s Us
2. Dior 999
4. Bunkbeds (ft. Mike Hayden)
5. Anna Marie
The band will be joined by Post Season, Firestarter and an array of other Northeast talent for the EP release show on September 6th at Ottobar in Baltimore.
Formed in 2011, Heavyweights was originally conceived as a project to record a pop-punk version of The Beach Boys iconic Pet Sounds. This was of course absurd, and while it never came to fruition, guitarist and co-songwriter Eric Navarro set out to ensure that his pop-punk band did indeed become a reality.
Taking influence from pop-punk mainstays such as Yellowcard, New Found Glory as well as Brendan Smalls cartoon ‘Home Movies’, Heavyweights purveys a blend of early 00’s pop-punk with a lyrical ingenuity and high-octane aggression, capturing the urgency and infectious melodies of some of their most noteworthy peers, whilst retaining an unmistakeable air of finely-honed angst and aggression that has been at the forefront of the latest re-incarnation of the genre.
Navarro, son of Grammy-nominated smooth jazz-guitarist Ken Navarro, set about recording a series of demo tracks with vocalist and co-songwriter, Dave Heilker as Heavyweights set out on their evolution into the band present on debut EP, summer 2013’s “The Sound Of Time Running Out”. The record would act as a springboard into the midst of the local scene for Heavyweights who would go on to play a plethora of shows across the Northeast in the following months, gracing such venues as the seminal Sidebar Tavern and The Recher Theatre as well as releasing 4-track acoustic split, “1963” with fellow Maryland trio A Place In Time.
With community as a cornerstone of their hard-working philosophy, Heavyweights has teamed up with a myriad of local acts, as well as garnering the attention of national touring bands who share their same passion to revitalize a scene long thought dead in Baltimore.
With the release of “Keep Your Friends Close”, Heavyweights looks to continue their momentum beyond their home state, as they develop their hard-earned and quickly growing reputation as ones-to-watch in the Northeast alternative scene.
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