2008 will be a landmark year for the bustling Counter Records. Propelled by news of its latest signing, Baltimore's runaway punks The Death Set, and the coming of soul-plodding Brit-funkers The Heavy, the rock imprint offers the most viscerally uplifting jams of the young year.
The Heavy's debut full length "Great Vengeance and Furious Fire" shines out from this 5-piece funk-infused unit on March 25. The resounding intersection of Curtis Mayfield, The Herbaliser and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Heavy give a first taste of their own brashness with the "Coleen/You Don't Know" single and SXSW in March. See Iggy Pop fronting The Heavy-designed t-shirt for Playboy's Rock The Rabbit campaign.
That's not it. Anticipate a pop opus by Pop Levi, and the coming of John Matthias.