heavy winged Spreading Center (CD, £12.95)label: Release the Bats
Heavy Winged began in the fall of 2004 in Brooklyn, New York. The three members (Jed Bindeman, Ryan Hebert and Brady Sansone) had all gone to college together and afterwards found themselves living in the same neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Ryan and Jed had previously played together in the band Ivo Shandor, and the idea to jam with Brady had been discussed for a while before it actually happened. Originally they tried to compose songs, but quickly realized that the sprawling improvised sessions they were having sounded much better than the compositions they were working on. The band made sure to record every jam session in full, direct to Ryan's half-broken 4 track cassette recorder. They performed live only one time before Jed announced that he was moving across the country to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2006. At this time the band was no longer able to record as fervently as before, but the archival releases continued to trickle out, with label and press interest only growing with time. Ryan decided to move back home to Windsor, Vermont in 2007, splitting the band between three states. Despite this, Heavy Winged comes together twice a year to embark on short tours and record new material along the way. The members all play in other bands, as well. In Portland, Jed plays in Eternal Tapestry (along with his brother Nick, of Jackie-O Motherfucker and Tunnels) and Bloodbiker. In Brooklyn, Brady plays in Lonely Ghost, Magdyn Osh and Parlor Wit. In Windsor, Ryan plays in Lilum and The Jobz.
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