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The 2007 release of the band’s acclaimed double-disc debut album, Whale, launched THP into the national limelight with considerable international airtime on Sirius Satellite’s Jam-On and its sister station XM. Festival darlings at Bonnaroo, moe.down, Langerado, NO’s Jazzfest and Pet Zoo, which was created in their namesake, The Heavy Pets are notorious for performances filled with hot electric licks, multi-climactic instrumental solos and lyrics chalk-full of inspired philosophical leanings. Once called a “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Dan Sweeny of Relix magazine the band has the uncanny ability to capture the same spirited sound that makes up their live performance on wax and deliver it in a radio friendly format that sounds as good on the airwaves as it does booming from the main stage.
With five skilled musicians who are all also lyricists and songwriters, THP was first embraced in the jam scene for their raw talent and tenacious commitment to making diverse music with remarkable on-the-spot-improvisation. But like their cross-over sound, The Heavy Pets themselves have transcended boundaries, crossing a bridge few bands survive intact - into the periphery of mainstream music through upbeat, danceable, homegrown, skillfully executed tunes and passionate live shows that keep crowds lining up for more.
The Heavy Pets explosive live performances and contageous original tunes showcase a distinctive rock-funk-fusion that incorporates elements of rhythm and blues, jazz-funk, rock and roll and even a tasty blend of reggae for good measure. Their deep catalog of originals is captured on several live and studio recorded CD’s including, Whale, Slow Motion Conductor, Live from the Outer Banks, Live from the 9:30 Club, Heavy Air, and the latest release, self-titled "The Heavy Pets. A touring powerhouse, the band has a large national tour in works alongside a new acoustic album yet to be released in late 2011.