The band formed in 2013 when, after playing in various NYC projects, musicians Tex and Trevor decided to start their own project. At the time, they were practicing with a bass player. In need of vocals they posted a Craigslist ad. Armed with a friend as backup, the younger Jahnny Vommit agreed to meet some random dudes at a practice space. In less than 90 seconds they knew they had found a singer.
Trevor developed a dual Frankenstein's monster guitar that covered the guitar and bass duties as the bass player quit before the first show. They describe their sound as scuzzy punk rock n' roll with songs that touch on topics of gender, politics or… just watching cartoons. The motto of the band is “Don't Be An Asshole" and everyone that follows that rule is welcome at a Heavy Negatives show. Every show is a workout for the band as well as the audience. They do not believe in filler or sitting still. They are constantly playing around the New York area and have become regulars at NYC DIY punk institutions like ABC No Rio and Silent Barn.
“It's like “Sex and The City” but different. The kind of music you listen to when you have no money and are full of sexual tension the way they wrote the first season of “Gilmore Girls’” – Jahnny Vommit
Trevor Riot (hybrid guitar), Tex Buell (drums), and Jahnny Vommit (vocals) are Heavy Negatives. Photo By Mike Dawson
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