The Heavy impressed David Letterman so much that he had the British neo-soul rockers play their single "How You Like Me Now" a second time before he threw to commercial. No previous band in a long line of rock royalty had earned such an honor, but few of them brought down the house with as much pizzazz as The Heavy.

The Heavy impressed David Letterman so much that he had the British neo-soul rockers play their single "How You Like Me Now" a second time before he threw to commercial. No previous band in a long line of rock royalty had earned such an honor, but few of them brought down the house with as much pizzazz as The Heavy.

On stage and on latest LP "The House That Dirt Built," this bunch subscribes to the brass-and-sass school of rock 'n' roll: big, ballsy showstoppers presented with flair even when the core quartet isn't backed by the blazing Dap-Kings horn section that performed with them on TV.

Think of them as the British equivalent of Nick Tolford and Company - if Tolford's version of soul is informed by this city's tradition of beer-guzzling punk, The Heavy is running those same dusty Stax 45s through a slick, NME-approved modern English indie-rock filter (which is nothing like a Modern English New Wave filter).