Excuse Me. – “Heavyweight”

Photo Credit: Shireen Norouzi

Consuming with a catchy infusion of guitars and synths, “Heavyweight” is a stellar single from Ontario-based band Excuse Me., who formed in late 2017. “I wanna hold it down like a heavyweight champ,” the vocals admit over thumping guitars and prancing synth reflections. A guzheng’s fluttering signals a rise in vocal intensity, with a buzzing guitar adding texturally.

The verses’ pulsing guitars and rhythm section provide a climactic pull, exceling upon the guitar-laden expressiveness approaching the two-minute turn. The “in the old days,” vocal hook soars with further replay-inducing charm, alongside lyrics that reflect a motivation for renewed self-confidence. “Heavyweight” is a shimmering, infectious thumper from Excuse Me..

The band elaborate on the track’s themes and production, below:

“‘Heavyweight’ is about the fundamental differences between someone who has something to prove versus someone who’s been at the top for a while. Lyrically it shows that the up-and-comer is full of fire and can only focus on one thing, whereas the reigning champ is questioning how long they can hold their position. Music-wise we had a lot of fun with the production of this song, using instruments ranging from a guzheng, which is a traditional Chinese instrument, to a drum machine, synthesizers, and guitars.”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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