The Heavy Hours, from Cincinnati, OH, release their debut EP Wildfire today through BMG. The band also shares a video for the title track. The five songs on the EP exemplify The Heavy Hours distinctive strain of warm-hearted, open-armed alternative rock. The EP was produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Matt Maeson, The Avett Brothers) and produced and mixed by David Baron. Wildfire packs an emotional punch from the very first chord, fusing larger-than-life melodies and epic choruses with soulful, sophisticated songcraft and remarkably universal lyrical spirit.
“From the moment that we finished tracking the song ‘Wildfire’, we all had such a connection to it,” says lead singer Michael Marcagi. “I remember being in the studio listening back to it for the first time and thinking, if someone were to ask me, ‘What do you guys sound like?,’ I would play them this song.”
Recorded at Sun Mountain Studios in bucolic Boiceville, NY, the band pushed themselves towards new creative heights, resulting in a plethora of material including last year’s widescreen debut single, “Don’t Walk Away,” co-written by Marcagi and Yorio with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and award-winning songwriter Ronnie Bowman. “A purely American blend of folk, rock and good feelings,” declared American Songwriter, hailing the song for “its unbelievably catchy lines and effortlessly organic arrangement… a perfect pairing with a late-summer sunset or an evening with friends.”
To further enhance the art on the EP, the band enlisted photographer James Marcus Haney, known for his work with Coldplay, Elton John, The Strokes and Mumford & Sons to shoot the evocative cover image.
The band has already announced a few dates in support of Wildfire and plan on adding more soon.
Aug 28 – Denver Day of Rock – Denver, CO
Aug 29 -Underground Music Showcase – Denver, CO
Sep 4 – Dillon Amphitheatre – Dillon, CO
Nov 4 -Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Nov 5 Hi Fi Indy – North Indianapolis, IN
Nov 7 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
Nov 10 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – Cleveland, OH