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For most New Yorkers, this past MLK weekend brought with it an extra day in which to play, while still paying tribute to the great Dr., of course. Here at Baeble, the scheduling miracle meant the chance to seize on the opportunity to have ourselves the dirtiest of weekends...though, it's probably not what you think. Sad to say, none of us slogged off into the country with our significant (or not so significant, as I believe the term generally applies...) others. Instead, we rounded up our trusty production crew, fired up the cameras, and captured an incredible performance from one of the filthiest bands going these days. My oh my did we have a down and dirty time at the 92Y Tribeca.

To say that The Heavy specializes in producing ginormous sounds is a bit of an understatement. Unfortunately, that also makes the immensity of their sound almost impossible to describe. Just know it's big. But theirs' is also a well-oiled practice in musical schizophrenia. R&B, Soul, Funk, Punk, Rock...it's all in there, coming together in the kind of rich, robust, and outlandishly cool musical flavor that's built for the dance floor . All apologies if the cameras start to shake a little over the course of this performance. It's impossible to resist. - David Pitz

Transcript

I think you're ready.
Still like this.
Yeah, I can't see where you comin' from.
But I know just what you runnin' from
And what matters ain't the 'Who's baddest', but the
Ones who stop you fallin' from your ladder when you're
Feelin' like you're feelin' now And doin' things just to please
your crowd.
When I love you like the way I love you
And I suffer, but I ain' gonna cut you 'cause
This ain't no place for no hero This ain't no place for no better man
This ain't no place for no hero To call home, no, no, no
This ain't no place for no hero, oh no This ain't no place for no better man
This ain't no place for no hero To call home
And every time I close my eyes I think, I think 'bout you inside
And your momma, givin' up on askin' why Why you lie and you cheat
And you try to make a fool outta she
Now, I can't see where you comin' from But I know just what you're runnin' from
And what matters ain't the 'Who's baddest', but the
Ones who stop you fallin' from your ladder 'cause
This ain't no place for no hero, oh no This ain't no place for no better man
This ain't no place for no hero To call home, no, no, no
This ain't no place for no hero This ain't no place for no better man
This ain't no place for no hero To call home
This ain't no place for no hero This ain't no place for no better man
This ain't no place for no hero To call home
- You ready for the heat tonight? You ready tonight, NYC? Yeah! This ain't no place for no hero can call home
- I think we give you some more.
- Come on, NYC.
Everybody, come on.
Oh, back, back, back, back, back.
Everybody, come on.
I said back, yes.
Yes.
Let me talk.
Hey, now, I've been loved I don't feel clever, no
One man's weakness Is another man's pleasure
I got no feelings I got no heart
I can't make no sense out of this But I got to somehow
So what you want me to do? What you want me to say?
How you need me to be? I say 'cause I can be that way
What you want me to do? I say, what you want me to say?
How you need me to be? 'Cause I can be that way
When I feel tender Like I feel lost
I get myself together 'Cause I paid my cost to be the boss
And I ain't sleepin' No, I ain't slept.
I see what you see here But in this life, you give what you get
So what you want me to do? What you want me to say?
How you need me to be? I say, 'cause I can be that way
What you want me to do? I say, now what you want me to say?
Oh Lord, well how you need me to be? 'Cause I can be that
I can be that I can be that way
No, I can be that I can be that
Oh yeah
So what you want me to do? What you want me to say?
Oh, I be willing to do Oh Lord, 'cause I can be that way
Now, what you want me to do? What you want me to say?
How you need me to be? 'Cause I can be that
No, I can be that I can be that way
No, no I can be that way No, no, no
- This is real good to be here.
We love New York City.
Brooklyn in the house.
Brooklyn's in the house.
You know what? Now, we've kind of been deciding whether we play this song, whether we don't play this song, but I'm going to play this song because where we come from, we can't forget our roots.
They call us the big bad wolves.
They kind of can't believe that four people make so much noise.
But for me to play this song for Big Daddy's fans, Chrissy and Dante to play this song, when I say I'm a big bad wolf, everybody in the room, and I mean everybody in the room, say, "What'd you say?" So, let's try this out.
I'm a big bad wolf.
- Yo, I'm a big bad wolf.
- What'd you say? - Yo, I'm a big bad wolf.
- What'd you say? - And I'm blowing on your neighborhood again.
- What'd you say? - Oh, I like that.
I like that.
Can we bring these lights down a little bit, please? So, you ready? You ready, NYC? Well, come on, play.
Everybody, come on, sing.
Say, oh.
All right.
With time slipping away I can't say what I'll do
If you got one thing to say, NYC And I, I got to tell you who's who
You know why?
Because I'm the big bad wolf (what you say)
I'm the big bad wolf (what you say)
I'm the big bad wolf And we're blowing down your
neighborhood.
(what you say)
Oh, I said it now, oh I'm like, oh
Every time I come to this town I'm blowing, oh.
I said you got to seize up your day
And make the most out of you You got to live the most for
Watch your knees when you pray 'Cause you flex with me and my crew
Imma tell you what happened to you, hey
You know why
Because I'm the big bad wolf (what you say)
I'm the big bad wolf (what you say)
I'm the big bad wolf And we're blowing down your
neighborhood (what you say)
Oh, I said it now, oh I'm like, oh
- Every time we come to Brooklyn, we're blowing down to Tribeca town and SoHo.
Is SoHo in the house? Look, I've got to hear the wolves.
Give it to me.
I don't think I can hear that.
I need to hear it.
Oh! All right.
So give it to me.
Yeah, you know why?
Because we're big bad wolves (what'd you say?)
I'm the big bad wolf (what'd you say?)
I'm the big bad wolf and we're blowing down your neighborhood
(what'd you say?)
Oh, I said it now Yeah, I said oh
Every time I come to this town I'm blowing down, oh
Yo, I said Yo, I said
Play it, T.
Play it You know why?
I can't lie to you I'm just tryin' to you 'bout it
- Maybe we should do that song.
Maybe we should do that song more in the future.
I don't know.
What do you think? It's not on Great Vengeance and Furious Fire.
It's not on The House That Dirt Built.
But you like that song? Okay.
Time for the devil to make an entrance, I think.
I saw her dancing with the devil And he was wearing my shoes
Black and white Jordan leathers And she was looking for abuse
Now she look just like heaven But I'm tell you that her mind
reek of hell.
Now I know I shouldn't be telling
But I guess, I guess if you know her well
She's the kind of girl She can't believe it, baby
She can't She's already there
Sixteen And already there
Sixteen
Now what the devil want Believe the devil gonna get
He gonna stretch her out Like a tape in a cassette
So when you see these kind of girls Walking around parading like they
I got to tell you the devil
Is an evil, greedy, greedy rag There's only one thing tonight
She gonna suck 'Cause she won't she can't
Believe me when I say she can't
She's already there Sixteen
And I'm already there Sixteen
- Come on, T We got sixteen-year-olds Acting like they're forty-year-olds
We need to go and we need to reclaim some souls
I got an idea
Let's take a massive Hydraulic system
And we flush them out, like right now You know why?
Because they can't and they won't Believe me when I say she can't
She's already there Sixteen
And already there Sixteen
- You know, the world is in trouble, ladies and gentlemen.
The world is in trouble and I believe it's definitely a cause for alarm.
Thinking of the people in Haiti. So... You must listen to this story Pay attention to this tale
For you to bathe in glory You must be doomed to fail
Let you in on no secret Give yourself no head start
Taking in the breath is easy Making is the hardest part
This is a cause for alarm Get on your knees and pray
Don't be a knight in armor Without a beast to slay
There is no dress rehearsal There's no easy lesson learned
It's better to be breathing fire Than to have your bridges burned
Let it be your only duty Dedicate it to your own
If you gonna fight like lion Someone ought get murdered off
This is a cause for alarm Get on your knees and pray
Don't be a knight in armor Without a beast to slay
This is a cause for alarm You better get on your knees and stay
Don't be a knight in armor Without a beast to slay
- I need to know if New York's still in the house.
Are you still in the house? 'Cause when the fire, it fall upon us And lighting shall strike the Earth
For you to reach salvation You must value what it's worth
When there are great expectation There is no one else to blame
You can either shoot for freedom Or you drag a ball and chain
But this is a cause for alarm Get on your knees and pray
Don't be a knight in armor Without a beast to slay
This is a cause for alarm You better get on your knees and stay
Don't be a knight in armor Without a beast to slay
- You ready? She want everything.
She want the Gucci and the Louis Vuittons
All the Juicy and Canary Blue
She want the kind of things that go in style
Oh, but she won't give it up Until you give her just about enough
Those girls are so dangerous It's enough to make a lover broke
Now do you want that love? Do you need that love?
She's gonna make you broke She's gonna make you broke
Now do you want that love? Do you need that love?
She's gonna make you broke She's gonna make you broke
She got the magazine She's checking out the inner scene
Can't afford to book the credit sleeve
Before she know it then She's all up in the Gs
But don't take it personal
If you're running with this kind of girl
'Cause I'm sure she's gonna rock your world
Like the way she won't rock with her own
Now, do you want that love? Do you need that love?
It's gonna make you broke Love, it's gonna make you broke
But do you want that love? Do you need that love?
She's gonna make you broke She's gonna make you broke, oh
You know what I say? So many kinds of love
So many kinds of love So many kinds of love
I'm asking you now Please tell me do you want that love?
Do you need that love?
She's gonna make you broke She's gonna make you broke
NYC, do you want that love? Do you need that?
She's gonna make you broke She's gonna make you broke, oh
- Do people know this song? Girls, you know this song? I don't know if you do know this song. You know what? I'm like... Girl, I see you walking past my home
- Yes, I do.
I see you talking on your phone I always see this one on her own
And I don't know why cause she's fit
Girl, I've got this picture in my head You, you, you and you laying on a bed
With me, obviously
Somewhere in Greece and you're so wet About as wet as...
Girl, must be the way she wears her jeans
- Turn around let me see them.
What are they, bootcut or long and lean? I need to see them.
Pull it up.
I don't know but whatever they are They look fucking mean, mean
They look mean as fuck It's like, girl
I think you all need to come back to the hotel for some tea, seriously Now, I got herbal, chamomile.
We got coffee, robust as well But if you burn, we got the green And it's a Northern super mix so you just gotta be real easy.
Girl, you look like you could have some fun.
But what would you say if I said, "Would you take off the...?" Would you say yes? 'Cause I'm the one baby.
You know I'm the one.
Say it, yeah.
It's like, girl I may not be some superstar
I may have one too many scars But I tell you now that I'm the boss
Yeah, I'm the boss, believe me Oh, girl
I'm begging, oh girl I got to have you, my girl
Oh, you're the one, my girl Oh, that's right
- I completely understand what All I can see is just fit, fit, fit, fit, fit.
You know what I'm saying.
You make me want to sing.
Are the girls still here? Girl, I want to be with you All of the time
All day and all of your night I'm like girl
I want to be with you All of the time
All day and all of your night.
I'm like girl
I want to be with you All of the time
All day and all of your night.
I'm like girl
I love you Won't you tell me your name
Girl I love you won't you tell me your name
- I think it's time...Thank you, girls. I think it's time I took a break and handed it over to Mr.
T right here.
Let's do it.
Something like this.
- Sing it, T.
I put my back into it I put a hole right through it
Don't ever leave me (Don't ever leave me, baby)
I work the land all day and I gave you all my pay, but
It's not enough girl (It's never enough, no)
I don't need a love like that (Me no want no love like that)
I don't need a love like that (Me no want no love)
You took me to great lengths All that I can do
Is summon up the strength to Get a reaction
(Why you never love this man?)
How do you sit so still? Don't you recognize
That you haunt me still? But, bitch, I'm too lazy
(I'm so, so lazy)
I don't need a love like that (Me no want no love like that)
I don't need a love like that (Me no want no love like that)
I don't need a love like that (We don't want no love like that)
Who needs a love like that? (Who will need a love like that?)
Who
We don't want no love, love Love like that
Love, love, oh love, oh We don't want no love, love, love, love
- T, can you give me some noise, please? I think it's about time for some rock and roll, what do you think? I think it's time we go down to the basement and pull up some more dirt, like this.
- You know this.
Come on.
You want to know from the chorus.
Now when you take me in the morning In your eyes, I see the sun rise, baby
No lies and if you're looking for maybe
Oh, no because I love the way you take me, take me, take me
It seems like every day That every time I wake
I see that look on your face That indicate a taste
You got a tongue full of hunger And eyes on your lover
Every time I sleep I'll know I'm blessed with the summer
In the morning When your eyes are like a sunrise, baby
No lies, you're gonna make me do the Swaby
'Til the night because I love it when you take me
You know I love it when you Oh, baby, oh
Oh, come on now
You got me working overtime, baby But this man just can't
I can't get enough You got me begging please
When I'm on my knees I didn't know you could get so alive
In the morning When your eyes are like a sunrise, baby
No lies, you're gonna make me do the Swaby
'Til the night because I love it when you take me
You know I love you when you Oh, baby, oh, oh, baby
Oh, oh, oh Yo, I said oh, ohh
- You know what I want to do to you tonight, 92Y Tribeca? You know what I want to do? I want to push it Hey, I'm going to push it good
I want to push it Hey, I'll push it real good
I want to push it Hey, I'm going to push it good
I want to push it Oh, woah, woah
Now in the morning In the morning
You got it, you got it baby In the morning
Oh, lovin' you In the morning
- Bring the lights down.
Take them off.
Take the lights off.
Take the lights off.
- You ready for this? You ready? Yeah? Let's do it like this.
Heartless, heartless I've got something on my mind
Yeah, oh, yeah, and you keep on talking Won't even listen my side, no, oh, oh
And lately I've been I've been thinking about our love
I've been thinking about our love You got to show me something
What you give is not enough It's not enough, girl
And I'm not that kind of man Gonna stay around and please you
Just to please you, no I'm the kind of man
Who needs to live a little easier
- Let's break it down.
Heartless, heartless Even when you're in our bed
Did you hear what I said? You understand what I said? I said that
There must be something Some other picture in your head
There's got to be, got to be 'Cause I don't understand
I said I feel like coming, oh But I know there's something more
I believe there's something more
But I can't tell you what it is So I'm looking at the door
I'm looking at the front door now
Because I'm not that kind of man Who'll wanna stay around and please you
Just to please you No, yo, I'm the kind of man
Who needs to live a little easier
- All right, NYC.
I love you.
Everybody go.
Hey, you know why we do how we do?
Because I'm not that kind of man, man, man. I'm not the kind of man
Not the kind of man Not that kind of man, no
Where, oh, where is the girl that I found?
She was the best, the sweetest thing in this broken-down town
Where can this girl be now? You know what she used to do?
She used to make me feel like God when she's going on down
You know why?
But now she got no time to play with me Got no time to shake it with me
Got no time to make it with me She got me feeling on my body
But I know what you want me to do You know what you want me to do
Compromise the struggle with you Compromise, but I ain't got
Time for this When there ain't no time, no time
No time for this Where is the girl that I found?
She used to help me dig Up dirt in my graveyard town
Making out was the only Sound that I remember
You could hear it for miles And miles and miles all around
But now she got no time to play with me Got no time to shake it with me
Got no time to make it with me She got me feeling on my body
I know what you want me to do You know what you want me to do
Compromise the struggle of you Compromise, but I ain't got
Time for this When there ain't no time, no time
No time for this
- Come on, Chrissy, give it to me.
Go.
Where is the girl that I found? She really helped me build this house
From the dirt on the ground Yes, she did
But now she got no time to play with me She got no time to shake it with me
Got no time to make it with me She got me feeling on my body
But I know what you want me to do You know what you want me to do
Compromise the struggle with you Compromise, but I ain't got
Time for this When there ain't no time, no time
No time for this
- Ladies and gentlemen, Mr.
Christopher Ellul, Big Daddy Spence, Dan T.
Let's go, go, go, go.
Everybody, go, go, go, go
Where has my baby disappeared to? Oh, lord, where has my baby gone now?
Where has my baby disappeared to? Oh, lord, where has my baby gone now?
- Sorry, guys.
Let's slow it down.
Mind if we slow it down for one? Going to slow it down for one.
I tried to love her The best that I could
I tried to treat her Like a good man should
I tried too hard But where did I go
'Cause my baby, she don't want to know
I saw a doctor Please understand
I need assistance A chemical hand
Give me release My head 'bout to blow
My baby don't want to know
I saw a preacher Let me explain the way he said it
He said baby Jesus, He's gonna heal my pain
Well, I read the book But it's hard to follow
Still, my baby don't want to know
So I said Momma, Momma Momma, hold me still
I'm starting to talk Like I'm mentally ill
Fetch me my rifle I've done all I could
Now my baby done gone for good
Sorry, baby
I'm sorry, baby
I had to put you I had to get you
Six feet, six feet underground
- So you've had a good time tonight, Tribeca? You had a good time tonight? The wolves still in the house? I don't know.
Okay.
So, last question to kind of ask you before we go into our last song of the evening is you still like us, right? You like us? That sounds like half the club.
You still like us? See how much you like us now, baby.
Big Daddy Spence, take a look back and do something else.
You ready? You ready? Now there was a time When you loved me so
I couldn't do wrong But now you need to know
See, I been a bad, bad, bad, bad man And I'm in deep
Yes, I am I found a brand new love for this man
And can't wait 'til you see
So how you like me now? How you like me now?
How you like me now How you like me now
How you like me now How you like me now
How you like me now Why you like me now
Remember the time When I eat you up
You know that I was a lie That you can't give up
If I was to cheat Oh, no, would you see right through me?
If I sang a sad, sad, sad, sad song Would you give it to me?
Would you?
- So NYC, how you like me now? How you like us now How you like me now
How you like us now Well, how you like me now
How you like me now How you like me now
How you like me now
Does that make you love me, baby? Does that make you want me, baby?
Does that make you love me, baby? Does that make you want me, baby?
Tell me, you sold me You tell me
Well, how you like me now How you like me now
How you like me now How you like me now
I say woah I say woah
I say woah I say woah
- Come on, come on.
Everybody, come on.
Do it.
She won't leave me alone And she always in my home
You know she playing in my head And she's messing with my pheromones
'Cause I know she want an evil man To dance to her evil plans
But I pray that she hears me when I say Oh, no! Not you again!
She gonna break my heart And leave me for dead
Throw me in the fire And spit on what's left
'Cause she said she want a pretty man But I ain't no pretty man
But I'm praying that she hears me when I say
Oh, no! Not you again!
But you know what we say? Hey, baby, wanna play? Ooh, baby, what you say?
Baby baby, wanna play? Ooh, baby, what you say?
Why can't you hear me when I say Oh, no! Not you again!!
I say woah, woah, woah, yeah I say woah, oh, woah, yeah
I say woah, oh, woah, yeah
Why can't you hear me when I say Why can't you hear me when I say
Why can't you hear me when I say No, baby. You again?
- Thank you and good night.
We've been to heaven.

Artist Bio

Prepare to burn. Sorry. Don't wanna put you off or nuffink. But prepare to burn.

The Heavy make the kind of dirty, guitar-scorched hip hop soul which leads you into temptation. And then you're going to burn. The dark side of four boys from the arse-end of Bath, the beast of Bodmin Moor, half man/half wolf, The Heavy specialise in making everything wrong sound right. So successful are they, so good does it feel, so natural, that voodoo filth will be pouring through you before you know what's going on.

From the moment you hear first single, "That Kind of Man," you know only exorcism can save you. Combining the gritty bottom end of classic Wu Tang with wall-of-sound guitar wailing and raw blues-soul, it's instantly recognisable and utterly addictive, Swaby's sweet-yet-threatening vocal raising it to another level. "Coleen" is a more stripped-down hip hop groove, with backing singers giving the tune a Stax-on-acid feel. "Set Me Free" throws acoustic guitar in to the mix for a more laid-back (though still rhythmically driving) number. "You Don't Know" shows heavier rock influences, a building pile-up of riffage. "Girl" gives Swaby a chance to show off his (slightly tongue in cheek) rapping style, over a rhythm which can only be described as Kinks-meets-Marly Marl. "Doing Fine" is the emotional centrepiece of the album, a downhome blues straight outta the West Country. "In The Morning" is frugging and flithy. "Bruk Pocket Lament" sounds like classic blues brought bang up to date and reeling from too much meths. And the raging "Dignity" ain't going to stand no fucking with it, seen? The album finishes with "Who Needs The Sunshine," which carries echoes of the Bristol scene of Massive Attack and Tricky, but reconstituted as an epic country blues.

The core of The Heavy are Swaby and Taylor, who have known each other for a decade. Swaby's parents were one of the first West Indian families to move to Bath. One of eleven siblings, he grew up surrounded by reggae, Prince and Two Tone as well as the hip hop he embraced so fervently. When he met Taylor they bonded over vintage rhythm and blues and the movies of Jim Jarmusch.

Despite starting with an Atari and a four track, the pair soon recruited Ellul(drums) and Page (bass) and began gigging as a four piece. Perhaps their unique sound is in part the result of coming from a town they describe as "the graveyard of all ambition". Or some West Coutry leyline shiznit. Either that or they're just sex-crazed lunatics. At the end of the day, who cares as long as it sounds this good?

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