Created as the brainchild of singer/songwriter Shane Horsley, 57 Heavy consider themselves rock music purists. At times, the band's love for classic rock, like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, is obvious. Other times one might detect a hint of Sound Garden, Wolfmother, Foo Fighters or even The Police. The list goes on and on, embracing many styles of rock over the last four decades. In short, 57 Heavy is hard to hold to any one style, but without doubt, it is guitar-driven, riff-heavy rock that sounds both classic yet right in time with the music of today.
Formed in 2006, 57 Heavy is fronted by singer/guitarist Shane Horsley, with Steve Theisen on bass, Matt Fisher on guitar and Jeff Bartkowski on drums. Whether as individuals or as a group, they have performed on stages from their hometown hotspots to Hollywood clubs, music festivals, and as far as Europe, having shared a stage with several regional, national and international touring acts and performed at events with more than 12,000 people to entertain.
By 2011, the band’s hard work, dedication and undying fan loyalty had a big payoff. 57 Heavy was honored by being the winner of the Ninkasi Brewing / 100.3 The X 'Last Band Standing' competition, as well as awarded a recording deal with Topsecret Records and the opener for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, where 9,000 were in attendance. Other highlights includes opening for top touring bands such as the Legendary Steven Adler's band 'Adler's Appetite' and arena rockers, Def Leppard. Regardless of the size, 57 Heavy delivers a high-energy performance to any stage and has continued to successfully cross the lines of genre, playing alongside everything from blues based rockers like Rose Hill Drive and the legendary Pat Travers, to the internationally renown all-female AC/DC tribute band, Hell's Belles, to alternative hard rock chart toppers Rev Theory and Burn Halo, to multi-platinum selling metal bands, such as Godsmack, Megadeth.