Instore – Heavy Rapids at Assai Records

Heavy Rapids, Assai Records Edinburgh, 20th July 2019

2019 has seen Heavy Rapids crowned as the winners of the Record Store Day unsigned competition, receive plaudits from a vast array of people and airplay from several radio stations. Winning this competition means their debut EP Cash in Hand has been created on 500 violet coloured vinyl records and distributed across the UK via Record Store Day / Sound Performance / Proper Music Group.

The EP includes four fast-paced and energetic songs – Going Down, Infected Nightmares – Frankenstein, Hurricane E and Paisley Pattern. To enjoy best, play at a suitably high volume, on repeat!

Saturday saw Heavy Rapids launch the EP at Assai Records in Edinburgh, a record store which is located in the heart of Edinburgh and in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The store has some very friendly staff and a brilliant selection of all kinds of vinyl, books and T-shirts. This was my first time visiting the store and I’ll definitely be visiting again in the future to pick up some more records.

The band played through the entire EP, and a few extra songs, to a crowded store that enjoyed the performance and who were then quick to snap up copies of the limited edition EP.  A collector’s item it would seem, as the band appear to be gaining more and more popularity and have several gigs planned for the rest of the year.

To purchase a copy of the EP and to find out more about Heavy Rapids, please visit their website

You can find details for Assai Records and browse their online store here 

Words and photos by Alan Campbell

22nd July 2019