Watch The Heavy Perform At SXSW : World Cafe After flying in from Bath, England, the retro-soul band brought the funk to Austin, Texas.
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Watch The Heavy Perform At SXSW

The Heavy performs at SXSW 2016 on the Radio Day Stage. Hope Helmuth/WXPN hide caption

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The Heavy performs at SXSW 2016 on the Radio Day Stage.

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After flying into Austin from Bath, England, the psychedelic funk and retro soul band The Heavy performed a high-energy set of songs drawn mostly from its new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1. The album is the group's first new release since 2012 — hence lead singer Kelvin Swaby's comment, "Thanks for being here, we've been away for a while."

It was worth the wait, as The Heavy tore into its Friday-afternoon set with customary intensity and thick, rocking grooves. Below, watch the band perform "What Happened To The Love" and "The Apology" from the SXSW Radio Day Stage.

'What Happened To The Love'

'The Apology'