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Cincinnati rock band The Heavy Hours has a classic rock sound, but contemporary friends

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Jan 15, 2021

Early in 2020, local rock band The Heavy Hours were writing songs in their attic. Since then, the band has collaborated with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) on their latest recordings.

Watch online Saturday when we premiere The Heavy Hours on WCPO Lounge Acts

"We didn't think the world was going to hear these songs," said singer/guitarist Michael Marcagi.

That all changed when the band got a call from a booking agent friend in Nashville.

"He rings me up and says 'Dan Auerbach heard your songs and wants to get lunch with you guys,'" Marcagi said.

"After we met him, we wound up writing 10 songs together," Marcagi explained. "It was a wild experience we were very lucky to be a part of."

The Heavy Hours have three singles out now. Despite having a whole album’s worth of material ready, the band seems patient about releasing it all.

"Hopefully, when the world opens up and we can play some more shows we can release more," Marcagi said.

The music video for their latest single, “Desperate Days,” was filmed in and around warehouses in Over-the-Rhine.

From their basement practice space, The Heavy Hours performed a stripped-down session for WCPO Lounge Acts. They performed two of their singles as well as two unreleased songs.

Watch The Heavy Hours perform and chat on WCPO Lounge Acts when the session premieres on Facebook and YouTube this Saturday at 7 p.m.