October 2, 2011

Heavy Cream

Tennessee may be defined by the sounds of country, but in the last half decade, a burgeoning group of garage rockers has created a counter-culture scene to combat the twang and conservative grit embedded in the state's storied music history. In 2004, Nashville's be your own PET was lauded as indie rock's punk answer to glossy teenie bopper pop while in 2006, Memphis' Jay Reatard's Blood Visions turned the industry on its ear through his often chaotic brand of lo-fi rock 'n roll. Unfortunately, neither artist is still with us, but their rebellious attitudes continue to rage on in JEFF the Brotherhood and their like-minded labelmates on the red hot roster at Infinity Cat Records. One such is Heavy Cream, a three-girl-one-guy quartet whose debut album, Danny was produced by the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and released in August of last year. Catchy high-paced power pop riffs that race through your stereo system à la The Ramones, The Runaways and early Yeah Yeah Yeahs are the young Nashville punk's signature sound, and to a certain degree, Heavy Cream is everything AwkwardSound wishes be your own PET would have evolved into had they they not prematurely called in quits in 2008 (The vocal resemblance between Heavy Cream's frontwoman Jessica MacFarland and Jemina Pearl is also pretty uncanny. Considering she and her bandmates Mimi, Tiffany and ex-bassist Daniel came together in 2009, their formation's timing was just right. Note: Seth Sutton of Useless Eaters fame now plays bass.) To date, Heavy Cream has opened for the likes of former BUZZSound Ty Segall and even had the honor of playing at Jack White's Third Man Records alongside JEFF the Brotherhood. In November, these young rockers will be heading out on the road as opening act to influential Japanese power pop mainstays Shonen Knife on the trio's 30th anniversary tour. Meanwhile, Danny was just given the limited cassette release treatment at Burger Records. With so much sweetness coming their way a year after the release of their debut, it sounds like the fun is just getting started for Heavy Cream.

Heavy Cream - "Watusi"

Heavy Cream - "Deadbeat"

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