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(Live at Leeds 2015 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1775: High Hazels

 
By on Tuesday, 31st March 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Things have been quiet on the High Hazels front as of late, but the Sheffield band have released this week a new video of ‘Valencia’, their new single from their self-titled debut album released last year on Heist or Hit Records. (Read John’s review of the 2014 LP here.) Watch the video below.

‘Valencia’ will be released as part of a limited edition CD package hand-painted by the band; the CD will have exclusive b-sides and can be preordered from Rough Trade now ahead of its release on the 27th of April. High Hazels are scheduled to appear at Live at Leeds 2015 on Saturday the 2nd of May.

 

Video of the Moment #1700: High Hazels

 
By on Tuesday, 9th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

High Hazels‘ latest promo is for their self-titled album’s concluding dreamy track, ‘The Promenade’. The video features a girl with platinum blonde tresses traipsing around a peaceful meadow, and the echoey effects match the visuals well, as the promo itself was filmed purposely blurry. Watch it below.

Read John’s review of the Sheffield band’s new LP here; the album is out now on Heist or Hit Records. You can still get a free download of ‘The Promenade’ from this previous MP3 of the Day post.

 

Album Review: High Hazels – High Hazels

 
By on Tuesday, 4th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

The Sheffield connection is difficult to ignore when it comes down to High Hazels; it’s pertinent to recognise when a city has had a fundamental influence in sculpting the sound of a band. From the first listen, an obvious influence on the four-piece is Alex Turner’s motley band of international superstars, Arctic Monkeys. They’re another group who’ve started with a sure-fire underground fan base in the city and has moved out to bring the kind of Midlands but wannabe Northerner vibe to the rest of the UK.

One thing is for sure when listening to ‘High Hazels’: they pull off the everyman sound that has made Arctic Monkeys so accessible far better than Jake Bugg. It sounds genuine and unforced throughout from the opening strums of ‘Valencia’, to strolling along ‘The Promenade’ (a TGTF MP3 of the Day last week) at the album’s crescendo. High Hazels have missed a trick releasing this album at the end of October though. It’s screaming out to be enjoyed in the parks and beaches of Brighton or London: it’s got a distinctly summery feeling and listening to it as the back-end of a hurricane sweeps in alongside torrents of rain doesn’t whet my appetite as much as it could have in the beautiful Indian summer we’ve just enjoyed. Yes, the record does feel slightly dreamy and surf poppy, but that’s by the by.

‘How Long’s It Gonna Be’ is a tribute to some of the fantastic songwriting on the band’s debut effort, while ‘Hanging Moon’ is a slow-burning bastion of the toe-tapping goodness this album encapsulates throughout. The album finishes with ‘The Promenade’, where frontman James Leesley sings of how “we fell into a very bad dream”, possibly induced by the terrific dream pop stylings on lead single ‘Misbehave’ earlier in the album.

One slight criticism of ‘Misbehave’, is how much it reminds me of the advert for Mattesons Fridge Raiders where everyone in the world turns into the Shadows’ Hank Marvin. I mean, come on! That riff is so Hank Marvin. Barring that, it’s a complete pop banger that should be getting some primetime air on Radio 1, but is instead probably relegated to the B-list behind that buffoon Jason Derulo.

Indisputably, the band has its lyrical high point on ‘Shy Tide’, as Leesley laments, “don’t you dare tell me that I owe you everything”. It probably shows the band at their most emotional nand tormented, which probably isn’t too bad seeing as the album makes me feel as sunny as a summer holiday in Greece lounging by the pool in some discount speedos. That dark, disturbing image aside, the debut effort by this next band of Sheffielders to take their whack at the big time is a formidable effort, chocked to the brimful of bouncy choruses and toe-tappingly splendid riffs.

8/10

The self-titled debut album from High Hazels is out now on Heist or Hit Records. The quartet have just begun a UK tour this week.

 

MP3 of the Day #860: High Hazels

 
By on Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Sheffield band High Hazels have just released their debut self-titled album, which includes singles ‘Banging on My Door’ and ‘Misbehave’, this past Monday on Heist or Hit Records. In case you haven’t been following their story so far on TGTF or haven’t bought your copy yet and still want a taster of the LP, here’s your chance.

The band are offering up a free download of the dreamy album closer ‘The Promenade’. Listen to the track below and if you like it, click the big button and get the mp3 in exchange for your email address.

Catch the band live starting next week in the UK.

 

High Hazels / November and December 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Sheffield quartet High Hazels will be heading out on tour next month in support of their upcoming debut album, due for release on the 27th of October via Heist or Hit Records. Our own editor Mary recently featured the video for their latest album track ‘Banging on My Door’. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Glasgow Broadcast
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Leeds Oporto Bar* added 23/10/2014 (supporting The Heartbreaks)
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Cardiff Gwdihw Cafe Bar
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Southampton Lennon’s
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Wednesday 12th November 2014 – London Garage
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Nottingham JT Soar
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Harrogate Blues Bar
Thursday 20th November 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – London Lexington

 

Video of the Moment #1647: High Hazels

 
By on Monday, 6th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

High Hazels will be releasing their self-titled debut album on the 27th of October on Heist or Hit Records. Last week, they revealed their next single taken from it, ‘Banging on My Door’, out on the 10th of November. This song follows single ‘Misbehave’, which dropped in mid-September (Carrie’s review here, promo here).

After the in your face style of ‘Misbehave’, ‘Banging on My Door’ is a return to their ‘In the Half Light’ EP and before form, with James Leesley’s croonery vocals (“she came out from the dark / and hung a coat in the back of my heart”), melodic yet so emotional guitar playing and understated drumming. It’s neat, it’s smart and it’s very High Hazels. Watch the video below.

 
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