Heavy AmericA "The Fall" Music Review - Rolling into view with the timelessly alluring presence of a simple, organic drumline, Heavy AmericA’s single 'The Fall' goes on to weave an equally timeless yet contemporary-kissed web of topical and anthemic stylings. Introducing short lines and the simple stop-start arrangement of quirky pop-rock, 'The Fall' emerges as something of a marching anthem for the anti-woke. Featuring dashes of Bowie in the pre-chorus and hints of heavier acts like Queens Of The Stone Age elsewhere, Heavy AmericA legitimately drive with a nostalgic rock humility – an organic, likable sound, with just enough creative edge and purpose to leave the songwriting and style lingering after listening. Catchy riffs and accessible, modest vocals help further the popular twist of personality that is the Heavy AmericA approach to making music. The accompanying visuals work just as well in creating that yesteryear meets now meandering thought process for audiences across the board – we even get a brief glimpse of the band in action during the final quarter, and a mighty guitar solo to boot. It will be interesting to hear where future releases take Heavy AmericA.” - Rebecca Cullen

Stereo Stickman

Heavy AmericA's New Killer Groove "Call You Tomorrow" - Regular readers of The Static Dive know Heavy AmericA well. The Boston rockers first appeared here way back in 2019 with their single “Motor Honey (Peace).” That track introduced us to the genre-busting power trio of Michael T. Seguin (guitar & vocals), Dan Fried (drums) and Budd Lapham (bass). Since dropping that Metal-fueled nugget, the band has delivered psychedelic grooves on “If You Really Care” and the classic Alt-Rock vibes of “Crushed.” “Call You Tomorrow” is the latest single and video from Heavy AmericA, released worldwide to all major streaming services on October 15, 2021. On the new track, the eclectic trio is back to basics with a big, fat Rock banger. With amps cranked to 11 the band rides a low-string riff, reminiscent of classic Black Sabbath with a touch of early STP. As the band lays down a thunderous rhythm, Sequin sings of the general malaise and depression inherent to the confused and chaotic world of the 2020s. Or as he says, “It’s not okay, when every day feels like shit.” Michael intersperses that narrative with some smoking Acid Rock wah-wah guitar. The pulsing heartbeat of the tune is that killer riff. There is nothing more Rock & Roll than a great band riding a simple E-string groove with ample volume and distortion, and Heavy AmericA does it right. Check out the video for “Call You Tomorrow” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with the band, and rock out.” - Bob Smith

The Static Dive

Heavy AmericA new single, "Call You Tomorrow" - A hugely talented trio who have become inimitable champions of Boston’s hard rock scene, Heavy AmericA have continued to set the world on fire with the release of another fierce and cataclysmic single ‘Call You Tomorrow’. After tearing a hole in the mainstream scene with releases like ‘Crushed’ and ‘Tails’, the band of Michael T. Seguin, Budd Lapham, and Dan Fried have remained one of Boston’s most impressive acts, winning over fans and critics alike with a bold, textured sound that takes lead from a broad selection of styles. Amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Heavy AmericA showcased their more vulnerable side, tackling depression and isolation head-on in their music, and now, as ‘Call You Tomorrow’ surfaces, they’ve been able to masterfully expand on the more nuanced, expressive side of their caustic rock sound. Setting an immediate tone with a thunderous drum line and plenty of crashing guitars, ‘Call You Tomorrow’ breaks down into a dark spiral of hard rock anthemics, echoing visceral ‘90s sounds and grunge aesthetics that conjure up comparisons to legendary bands like The Stooges, Nirvana, and Guns N’ Roses. Wielding a brash, passionate sound that hits hard and drags you under in an instance, the single bridges the gap between stark human moments and wild, untameable energy, offering a unique perspective that only Heavy AmericA can deliver. Lyrically, there’s plenty on offer, and vocalist Michael T. Seguin does an excellent job in putting the beating heart of the track front and centre, crying out with lines that speak of our day-to-day struggles. Lines like “Would it be okay if you came back tomorrow, today is not the day. I got some things to fix” and “you see it’s not okay when everyday feels like shit” linger perfectly, setting the stage while the instrumentals crash down around you in a perfect cacophony of sound. Recorded at Room 19 Studio who call the track a “vicious single”, ‘Call You Tomorrow’ is a heavy wash of hard rock sounds mixed perfectly with bold, sweeping lyrics, and a vulnerable underpinning that elevates it above most of the modern rock scene.” - Thomas Bedward

Broken 8 Records

Heavy AmericA – “Call You Tomorrow” – Singles Review “No it’s not okay when everyday feels like shit.” #Preach! #Heard I love the detail in this tune. You listen to this new cut “Call You Tomorrow” and then try to convince me that they haven’t done all the right things in the production to make this track stand out brilliantly from the rest of so much of the inorganic BS that’s out there in modern day music. Don’t get me wrong – I ain’t goin’ full old-man hikin’ up my suspenders on ya here – I too like a lot of that same very BS and succumb to that same easy-to-create digitalized vibe just the same as so many of us out there do – I’m just saying when you listen to Heavy AmericA, you know you’re in the for the REAL shit, not the bullshit. Like a combination of the strength in Black Sabbath, a slight hint of the flash of Van Halen/The Kinks, the solos & guitars of something badass like Soundgarden or Queens Of The Stone Age, with the psychedelic tinge found in the sound & production of something like The 13th Floor Elevators…that’s what you’ll find in “Call You Tomorrow” with respect to what you’ll hear. Do I dig that? Hell yes I do – I know I’m not the first to jump onto a cut that I’d cite Van Halen in comparison to…ever really…but this is the right parts of that whole vibe done in the right way, with the amount of real edge & grit it really needs to work for me. I wouldn’t necessarily call that one piece of the comparison the defining aspect anyhow – truly, you could listen to how “Call You Tomorrow” begins and even consider the opening groove & grind not to be all that far away from something like…”I Am One” that started out the Pumpkins’ Gish long ago, or the comparable approach they took to “Cherub Rock” with the wildness of their guitars the album after. The point is simply that you might find a snippet here & there that’ll remind you of something similar, and quite likely one of the influences on the Boston-based band in their own listening habits – but in the final mix and the end results, what you hear is always decisively Heavy AmericA. They’ve always been gifted with an incredible ability to flex a lot of dimension and versatility into their Heavy-Rock vibes, and when it comes time to record, you can rely on them to commit to every second you’ll hear; that’s their standard, they never deviate from it or compromise it, and you’d never get anything less than 100% from them when it comes to the dedication they put into what they do – they like to rock & rock HARD; and their music has continually reflected that over the years of their career. I might not have heard it ALL…but I do have a decent frame of reference y’all…I’ve been listening to Heavy AmericA for 5+ years. I think one of the main questions that are gonna be on people’s minds throughout the next decade to come, especially for bands like Heavy AmericA that existed prior to Covid, will be whether or not a band or an artist would have written that particular tune before the pandemic even happened, or did that end up twisting the direction of the music or sound in question. Heavy AmericA has had a mixed-bag over the years when it comes to the subjects they tend to take on – and while “Call You Tomorrow” sure as hell might echo how you’ve been feeling lately in a shockingly direct & relatable way, I suspect they come by it honestly. I’ve heard a lot of Covid-influenced tunes lately; I sure wouldn’t blame listeners out there if they added that context to what they hear in this single, it would fit thematically – what I’m saying is, you’re much more likely hearing the honest output of a band that’s always been willing to call it like it really is. Heck – “Call You Tomorrow” is like my own audible anthem – I’m one of those people that notoriously makes plans with all the best intentions, and by the time arrives, I’m dreading every second of what’s to come, even when it’s the people I know best…I’m just…uncomfortable in my own skin and always have been I suppose. Anyhow…”Call You Tomorrow” is like what life would be like if I just had the balls to cancel my plans…lyrically, it cuts right to the bone and right off the drop as it begins – “Would it be okay if I called you tomorrow? You see I’m not okay – I feel a little sick. It’s just another day of life…in all their evil shit.” Chances are, you can relate to that yourself. Sometimes you just wanna pull the freakin’ covers back on over your head and set the snooze button to the Tuesday of the week after – that’s just how we are as humans…like I’ve been tellin’ ya, the facts are that Heavy AmericA has the balls to acknowledge, take on, and tackle important issues like mental health & depression in their own way – “Call You Tomorrow” is a highlight example of that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it when Heavy AmericA wants to fire up the excitement and entertainment value like they have on cuts like “Motor Honey (Peace)” in the past, but I’m also extremely interested in what they do when they add more depth to the lyricism like they have been on tracks like “Generation Lame,” or this new one here. The reality is, each time they’ve gone that particular route, they’ve revealed the strengths of a band that’s actually got something valid to say, and the cojones it takes to say it. “Call You Tomorrow” ends up nearly becoming the bridge between those two worlds in so many ways – has the catchiness of a “Motor Honey (Peace)” without being too murky like the heavy theme of “Generation Lame” took them into…this track sits right in the sweet spot, giving you just enough words to make it thought-provoking, the right melody to make the hooks land with impact, and a groove that really, really, doesn’t wanna be denied by any set of your ears out there listening. The bass from Budd Lapham is as steady as it gets, allowing the guitars and drums to really add the spark to the music you’ll hear – the guitars from Michael T. Seguin kind of maintain their natural presence up front in the spotlight as the main source of the melody we latch onto…but make no mistake y’all, the drums from Dan Fried put on a virtual clinic for ya when it comes to how to go about contributing to a song, rather than just keepin’ the beat. In particular, you gotta dig the sound of the man’s ride cymbal in the short breakdown gettin’ that railroad sound into the mix for ya – no joke, it’s a stellar addition to the details that run through the music of this tune. Seguin’s vocals are on the mark, the lyrics make an impact, the music has personality, skill, and smart structural transitions that’ll keep you fully engaged…and it has clever production that’s seriously top-shelf stuff in pairing with the whole sound they were looking to create on “Call You Tomorrow” – it all stacks up to a solid win for Heavy AmericA on their latest cut – I’d reckon the Rock fans from all sides of the genre will have no problem diggin’ on this.” - Jer

Sleeping Bag Studios

(*Translated from German) Heavy AmericA release solid new single, "Call You Tomorrow" - What Heavy AmericA present here is a solid rock production that is somewhere between modern and traditional hard rock, supported by a complex and neat drumming by Dan Fried . The necessary pressure of the production is provided by the fat and solid playing of the bassist Budd Lapham , who rocks in cooperation with guitarist and singer Michael T. Seguin and thus gives the number a musical load in the middle tempo. The complex and twisting arrangement of Call You Tomorrow shows the fullness of inspiration of this formation perfectly and the almost progressive arrangement, which sometimes turns into other directions without further ado, only to catch itself again, does the rest. All in all, Call You Tomorrow is a song that is immediately convincing and has a bombastic character. But as it is, so Song is written in bold: Because the vocal performance of front man Michael T. Seguin should not be ignored either. This is perfectly in harmony with the dexterous and inspiring instrument handling and is carried perfectly by the instrumental approach. Heavy America's singer Michael T. Seguin has a little bit something from Kiss legend Paul Stanley . Everyone has to decide for themselves whether this is correct, the timbre of their voice is reminiscent of them. The powerful production is also convincing all along the line and so it is not surprising that Heavy AmericA can record a success within the indie scene. Conclusion 9 out of 10: above-average heavy rock between modern and traditional! Musically mature and powerfully produced.” - Excess Magazine

Excess Magazine (Germany)

Heavy AmericA drop their vicious new rocker, "Call You Tomorrow"” - Rick Jamm

Jamsphere Magazine

Finding Your Road in Today's Music Industry - article by Michael T. Seguin of Heavy AmericA - “I often wondered why our band would show up on a curated playlist with bands that sound nothing like us, or be featured in the press next to an Americana band when we’re a rock band. Is it because we have America in our name? Didn’t you see the first word? Or better yet, get booked with a techno DJ, an emo band and a metal band all on the same night! But when I looked closer, I started to realize why. We were all using the same compass. Seems easy right? Write an awesome song, point your compass at success and follow it. But what is success? What does it mean to you? This needs to be defined early in your trip or you can find yourself broke & depressed. Truth is, success means something different to each of us. Therefore our compasses should all point in different directions but we often share the same roads to get to our destinations. Never before has it been so easy for an artist or band to promote themselves and get their music in front of an audience. The internet is alive with PR companies and playlist curators who will, for a fee of course, give you a boost on any platform you wish. The tools many record companies had a monopoly on are now available to any DIY artist or band who is willing to educate themselves on how to use them. But what used to act as a filter has become an open flood gate, creating bottleneck traffic jams making it extremely difficult to be seen or heard. Without a clear goal, a trusty compass and an uncluttered toolbox the road to “success” will undoubtfully be a painful one. I’ll share with you from my own experience and how my definition of success changed once I determined what my end game was. Like most young artists, in the beginning it was all about fame, fortune & all that comes with it. I pointed my compass at Hollywood and followed it. Only to find out that thousands of others had the same idea. After a few years of knocking around the L.A. music scene I became aware that this was not what I had in mind and not at all what I was looking for. Being in close proximity to the already famous gave me a chance to peek behind the curtain and see the grand facade and it’s ugly truth. This game was more about how much can I make off of you instead of how can I help you succeed. It was time to reset my GPS. I took some time and dug deep into finding what fuels the fire that keeps pushing me forward. It wasn’t fame (I don’t play well with plastic people), fortune would be nice but it wasn’t that either. The simpler the equation became the more apparent the answer was. I’m in it for the songwriting. Creating something tangible out of nothing, sharing it with the world and knowing that someone out there can totally relate and made my song part of their life’s soundtrack. Success! Did I make a pile of money? No. Does the planet know who I am now? No. But a song I wrote moved someone emotionally and now has become part of my legacy. That is my definition of success and it never gets old because it happens with every new release. The industry got easier to understand because I found my goal in it and was happy with my place in it. I now knew where and how to spend my time and money. I could educate myself on the aspects of the industry that applied to my goals. Helping myself to become a great songwriter and not relying on someone else to do it in return for half of everything I’ve achieved or my dignity. I wasn’t being distracted anymore by what every online PR firm is telling me I need to do because everyone else is doing it too. If the GPS is telling everybody on the highway to get off at the same exit because of an accident ahead, sometimes it’s better to wait the half hour for it to be cleaned up and move ahead on an open highway than to sit in another traffic jam in a different place. Being such a monstrous industry with so many facets, without direction and sometimes blinders, it’s easy to get talked off the trail by someone looking to make a buck off your hard work. Feeding on the desperation of the artist. Don’t let them! Education is your key to not being taken advantage of and creating a clear path. That PR company that promised you six playlist placements for $30.00? Look into them a bit more and you may find those are collaborative playlists. You can add your songs to them yourself for free. Just type “collaborative playlists” in Spotify’s search bar & Bam! You just saved thirty bucks that can be used for something to actually move your career forward and remove that useless tool from your toolbox. Electricians don’t carry plungers because they don’t need one. I have spent months and thousands of dollars writing, recording, releasing and promoting an album before and I’m glad I did. Not because it was a huge success but because it taught me some valuable lessons on how things work in the industry, what to avoid and how to use it to my advantage. I realized soon after the release of our first album that the music industry would only consider that album as "new" for about six months. This left me thinking, “you had one shot, released all your recorded music and now you're done until you can write new music and afford to record and release again. That could take months!” Now, I would take those nine songs that would make an album and release them three months apart as singles with a video and a budgeted campaign for each track. Why? Because I will be getting way more exposure for my money and remaining fresh in the industry by consistently releasing new music. That’s twenty seven months worth of material I can release while I’m writing more! This also gives me time to tweak our campaigns with each release making it easier to find and reach our audience with every following release. This has been our band's model for the past few years and it's worked great for always remaining "fresh and new'' in the industry. A valuable lesson indeed. Once you’ve determined your own definition of success, draw your map and set your compass. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing and stay true to your compass. Make small calculated moves that bring results and be hungry for knowledge. Your checkbook will thank you and you’ll find it easier to accomplish your goals when tackled in bits. Remember, this isn’t a race. Being a musician is a lifelong journey and all music eventually finds it’s audience. I’ll say it again because it’s true, all music eventually finds it’s audience. And when it does, everything will begin to fall in place, have patience. So the next time your indie pop band gets paired up with a stoner rock band, remember we are all just travelers with different destinations who’s roads are crossing. Enjoy the moment and don’t question why, you already know why. You’re educated with a clear goal and a trustworthy compass. It’s ok to share the highway with others for a while because we all get off different exits. Just stay clear of the crazy drivers with no direction and worry about getting to your exit safely.” - Michael T. Seguin

American Pride Magazine

IMD Interview with Boston's Heavy AmericA - 1) Where are you from and what style of music do you create? (In your own words, not necessarily in marketing terms or by popular genre classifications.) A. “We are Heavy AmericA, a three piece group based in Boston, Massachusetts. Our primary genre is rock but we work within all the rock sub genres. Our catalog contains everything from mellow psychedelic to hard rock. I wouldn’t go as far to call us a metal band though we do get into some pretty heavy stoner riffs sometimes. Our band’s philosophy has always been to give the song what it wants & needs to be great. Not what you want it to be. The song will tell you it’s genre when the writing process is over. Our influences are so vast & cover decades, giving us lots of tools to work with. It would be a shame to stifle any of them.” 2) What led you down this path of music and what motivates you to keep going? A. “I have my father to thank for getting me involved in music. He was a guitar player as well & had a killer record collection. The first songs I was learning were classic rock greats taught to me by him. He was always very supportive in my music endevors. By the time I was 14 I had my own band & started playing gigs. In the beginning I think it was the live performances that kept me pushing forward. You can’t wait to get out on the stage & feel the energy of the crowd again. But as I’ve matured as a musician I find myself really enjoying the writing & recording process more now. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats the rush of a crowd but in the end the music you create & record becomes your legacy.” 3) How is this new release different from previous ones? Were you trying to accomplish anything Specific? A. “Crushed” definitely appeals to a wider audience than the last two singles we’ve released this year. It’s more upbeat with a sexy vibe making it a bit more friendly. “Generation Lame” & “Tails” are both amazing songs in their own regard but have a much darker vibe & heavier feel. “Crushed” is a great example of not staying in the box & taking chances. Not just with your music but with your audience as well. You hope the fans that liked your heavier material will transition to your lighter songs & vice versa. Those are your true fans. They are into the evolution of the band, not just the songs.” 4) Name one or two challenges you face as an indie musician in this oversaturated, digital music age? How has technology helped you (since we know it does help)? A. “Right now the biggest challenge all indie musicians face is getting secured gigs. With performance restrictions & mandates constantly changing from city to city nothing is guaranteed. Unfortunately it’s scaring away a lot of the patreons as well. That leads into the second challenge. If you're not making money playing shows, then it needs to come from streaming & as we all know, that payscale is abysmal. We need some real reform from ALL the major streaming services so artists can pay their bills. A penny a stream isn’t too much to ask, is it? It’s awesome having the tools at your disposal to gather fans from all across the globe but extremely unfair that the platforms you’re sending them to to hear your music won’t pay a fair rate for your work in bringing them there.” 3) What was the last song you listened to? A. “Royal Blood’s ‘Oblivion’, such a bad ass tune. They always have such killer grooves.” 4) Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s? A. “I prefer vinyl for the enjoyment of listening to albums but still use all three. I listen to a lot of cd’s in my jeep & use them in recording our material & for merch. Some radio stations still prefer receiving music via cd as well. You can’t beat the convenience of mp3’s though, especially for file sharing but it doesn't share the same feel as vinyl or even a cd. It tends to be a bit more sterile.” 5) How about this one.... Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why? A. “I actually prefer youtube if I’m discovering new music. I think we’re at a point where having a visual aspect to your music is a must for most fans & artists. They may hear you first on Spotify or another streaming service but they will ultimately seek you out on youtube to get to know you better. 8) Where is the best place to connect with you online and discover more music? A. “Our website is probably the best place, www.heavyamerica.us It has all of our available social links, music, videos, upcoming events & so much more! Please follow us at @heavyamerica.us on instagram as well to keep up with us throughout the year. We’ve got a lot more music still to release over the next year & we would love for you to join us in our journey. 9) Anything else before we sign off? A. “Yes! If you a listener to your local college radio stations, please drop them a text or call & request us. Our single “Crushed is making it’s way across the country on college radio & we could use a hand getting up the charts. It’s a very competitive scene & even tougher when you’re an unsigned band so every request counts. Thank you so much for the interview & I hope we can do it again in the future. Now go & smash that play button!” - Joshua Smotherman

Indie Music Discovery

Indie Music Fresh Picks - "Crushed" by Heavy AmericA” - Indie Music Spin

Indie Music Spin

Curators Best - 6ix weekly top picks - "Crushed" by Heavy AmericA” - The 6ix Magazine

The 6ix Magazine

Boston rock band Heavy AmericA - "Crushed" steps outside the box with a sexy vibe.” - Jacqueline Jax

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