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Written by Sam Lightle   
14 08 2013

ImageOriginating from the North East, Heavy Mod have managed to build up a small fan base. Despite being a well known ‘Mod cover band' they've been very successful, having been voted ‘Best Live Act' on a national mod forum (Mod Generation) for the second year running. As well as performing at the Small Faces Convention London, 60s Beach Bash Morecambe and various festivals including the Hartlepool Beer Festival.

Not deterred by the title that hangs over them, the band has now decided it's time to start playing some of their own music and live up to their tag line of ‘More than just a cover band'. The end product of that thought is this fantastic debut EP entitled ‘Dirty Deeds' which comprises five tracks.

‘Dirty Deeds' is the opening song. The guitars solo to kick things off is beautiful and quite frankly you're hooked from the word go. But what could ruin this song? Hmm... The vocals? No, there are effects on the voice (as there are throughout the EP) which help to give lead singer Michael Merryweather a cracking 60s tone to his voice. And they really help to blend his voice into the song(s) giving each one a unique path.

The second track is equally good, ‘The Speakeasy'. In my eyes this contrasts old school rock 'n' roll with the new, creating a sumptuous sound. And it doesn't stop there, ‘I've Been Waiting' is reminiscent of ‘You Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who. Especially when the Merryweather shouts ‘Come feel the heat', it reminds me of Pete Townshend doing his famous windmill; is there any chance of that happening, lads?

The last two tracks of the EP ‘Back Out In The Street' and ‘Clay v Cooper' both show how rock ‘n' roll can be delivered in different ways. The first has a real 60s beat to it and the latter with slow rising chords that build to a big chorus.

The EP has a heavy rock ‘n' roll vibe, with a great range of vocals and guitar solos. It's a superb effort from  the band who have over 20 years experience of doing cover work, and it'll be interesting to see if they can wash themselves of the title ‘cover band' in the future...

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