The Heavy Pets 2011 Single "Lantern" is an breezy 6+ minute song featuring haunting pedal steel guitar and sweeping vocals over a delicately woven fabric of harmonies, horns and soft phrasing. A bioluminescent horn arrangement by Michael Kammers seems to push through the earth and sprout to life, intertwining with the boughs of the tune and eventually blossoming into a crescendo of a "violent and beautiful epiphany" as described by guitarist, Jeff Lloyd. In short, it's a trip. A song about a child's firefly lantern - or the light you choose in your own life. "Lantern" is considered by the band as their "piece de resistance" from the California recording session. "We believe this piece to stand on its own - and are incredibly excited to be releasing it in this format as our first ever single." says Lloyd.
The track was recorded with multi-platinum award winning producer Scott Mathews and engineer Tom Luekens alongside a series of acoustic songs during the bands Mill Valley, CA session where they also produced their acclaimed self-titled 2010 release, The Heavy Pets. The 2010 self-titled release has shown considerable success for the Florida based project, and was just named by the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 albums of last year; a well-deserved nod to the band known best for their endless tour schedule.
"The Illumination Tour" takes the band from VT to Florida, with stops in nearly every state along the way. For more information about the tour or the free download, check out the band at www.theheavypets.com (A 102° Artist).
The Illumination Tour
February 19 - The Crowbar - Tampa, FL
February 23 - Live Wire - Savannah, GA
February 24 - Pour House - Charleston, SC
February 25 - Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
February 26 - Pour House - Raleigh, NC
March 2 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
March 3 - Jillian's - Albany, NY
March 4 - Java Barn - Canton, NY
March 5 - The Turtle Underground @ St. Michaels College - Colchester, VT
March 6 - Nectars - Burlington, VT
March 9 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
March 10 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
March 11 - Old City Hall - Oswego, NY
March 12 - The Matterhorn - Stowe, VT
March 17 - The M Room - Philadelphia, PA
March 18 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
March 19 - Mojo on Main - Newark, DE
March 22 - Jewish Mother - Norfolk, VA
March 24 - Roxy's - West Palm Beach, FL
March 25 & 26 - Green Parrot - Key West, FL