The Heavy pump up a big, brash and funky sound that can easily fill a room. At their best, the English band are a fearsome, party-starting, hard-rocking and bluesy machine. At their worst, these same qualities occasionally result in a bombastic beer-commercial bravado. Lead singer Kelvin Swaby sparks some powerful incantations, like the soulfully smoldering “Burn Bright” and the driving “A Whole Lot of Love,” with a non-flashy grit. “Better as One” is a smartly funky and high-stepping exhortation, but unremarkable lyrics hold back tracks like “What Don’t Kill You.” Jesse Jo Stark should hold her own with such swaggering hard-rock songs as “Wish I Was Dead,” but the local chanteuse is also capable of manufacturing tons of steamy atmosphere and febrile mystery with darker and more morbid passages like “Rot Away.”
The Teragram Ballroom, 1234 W. Seventh St., L.A.; Wed., June 19, 8 p.m.; $25. (213) 689-9100, www.teragramballroom.com/event/1823458-heavy-los-angeles.