The Heavy Pets, ShwizZ
The Heavy Pets are a funky-ass rock and roll band from South Florida. Called "a living, breathing force of nature" by Relix magazine, they are known for their songcraft and powerhouse live performances. The band has been a mainstay on the national touring circuit for over a decade, and will release its fourth full-length studio album Strawberry Mansion in February 2018.
The Pets are a seasoned live act, playing over 1200 shows across the country since their inception in 2005. The band's energetic, extended sets have been described as "full blown musical salvation" that embodies the sound of their Florida home, weaving together elements of indie rock, funk and reggae into a style that is uniquely their own.
The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation upon the release of their debut album Whale in 2007. The crossover sound on their self-titled release, named a "Top 10 Album of 2010" by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. 2011 saw the release of Swim Out Past The Sun, an acoustic affair featuring longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman. Beginning in 2013, The Heavy Pets put out a series of EPs recorded at the legendary Power Station studios, and have a new double LP coming this year.
ShwizZ is cast of very skilled extraordinary characters grooving hard out of the Northeast. This enormous sound is best described as a melting pot of hard progressive rock and colorful funkadelic jazz. With an incredibly diverse catalogue of unique original music and a contagious incomparable energy, ShwizZ is celebrated for their signature high octane performances that have been garnering fans everywhere they perform. The group is currently finishing the first studio record in almost 5 years, which will be available come summer.
ShwizZ has been making a ruckus on the Northeast festival circuit. Summer of 2013 boasted tremendously note worthy appearances at RockNRoll Resort, The Big Up Music Festival, Opple Topple, Gathering at The Great Divide, and of course Catskill Chill Music Festival. ShwizZ has become part of Chillfest allure over the past 3 years, being at the epicenter of the mythical late night cabin jams, and taking the show to a whole different level at The Chill.
The group has recently embarked on a weekly residency at Garcia's at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester NY, dubbed Electric Eclectric Tuesdays.
ShwizZ has shared bills and stages with acts such as Umphrey's McGee, Primus, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Particle, Dopapod, Jimkata, Kung Fu, Consider The Source, FiKus, Turkuaz, TAUK, DrFameus (Allen of The Disco Biscuits), Sam Kininger Band, Melvin Seals & JGB, Turtle Soup and many many more.
...so in a nutshell.... if Frank Zappa, James Brown, Dream Theater, and The Grateful Dead had a love child, they would have named it ShwizZ!