10 for 2014 Interview: High Hazels

By on Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

We caught up with the #4 band on the TGTF 10 for 2014 readers’ poll, Sheffield’s High Hazels, to ask them some questions about how their year went, what they’re up to this holiday season and what they’re looking forward to in 2014.

Looking back, 2013 was quite an eventful year for High Hazels. What were some of the highlights for you?
Scott Howes (guitar): The single launch at The Harley in October was a particular highlight, it felt like a real achievement releasing a single with a label considering it was under a year since we first took to a stage together. The gig itself was sold out which took us all by surprise. Tramlines festival in the summer was great as well, it was a really busy weekend, we played four gigs in two days but they were all great shows. On the Saturday night of the festival we played at the Shakespeare which was probably our favourite of the weekend.

Do you plan to take any time off for the holidays? Will any of you be doing anything special?
James Leesley (vocals / guitar): I think we’ll be spending a few days with friends and family for a couple of days for the traditional festivities, but we’ve got our Christmas show bang in the middle of all the celebrations so it really will be just a couple of days off! Mind you, I get a bit lost after a day or two without the guitar so I suppose it’s worked out alright.

You have a Christmas show planned at home at the Shakespeare on 28 December. It seems such a wonderfully English thing to have a hometown show, surrounded by the people that have stood by you since the beginning. Anything special / Christmassy planned for it (Speaking of the Shakespeare, our editor was wondering if the live bits of ‘Hearts Are Breaking’ were filmed there?)
Anthony Barlow (drums): Shakespeare’s has a very traditional English pub feel about it, which is one of the main reasons why we thought it would be a great venue at this time of the year. It’s a charming pub with loads of real ales to drink! It’s one of our favourite watering holes and we spend most Saturday nights in there. Our favourite DJs King Bee also host their superb club night in there every month, and they’ll be spinning some tunes into the early hours after we play on the 28th. We also played there as part of Tramlines Festival in the summer, and it turned out to be our favourite show so far, the atmosphere was great. We try and space our hometown shows out as much as possible so we really can’t wait to play now.

The ‘Hearts Are Breaking’ video was filmed there, well spotted! We needed a location that blended in with the rest of the video which was made up of home footage, filmed in the ’80s.

What’s your favourite holiday song, and why is it special to you?
James: ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole. It’s major seventh heaven and captures the season perfectly.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2014? Possibly an album release?
Anthony: There will be a couple of significant releases in 2014, we can’t really say much more than that yet. But we are ridiculously excited about them. This past 12 months have set us up nicely for 2014. It should be a very interesting year and we can’t wait to get stuck into it.

What releases from other artists are you looking forward to in 2014?
Anthony: Hamilton Leithauser from The Walkmen is working on a solo album, that should be interesting. He’s a great singer and writer and he’s drafted in some friends to work on the album with him including members of Fleet Foxes and The Shins. Sounds like it has some pretty good ingredients to me! I’m also looking forward to hearing Broken Bells‘ new album, their first effort was great and I’m sure it’ll be just as good this time around.

Cheers lads for answering our questions!

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12:02 pm
12th December 2013

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12:04 pm
12th December 2013

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12:12 pm
12th December 2013

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12:52 pm
12th December 2013

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1:29 pm
12th December 2013

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10:14 am
16th December 2013

@tgtf have put as at #4 in their ones to watch in 2014.

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12:40 pm
16th December 2013

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