The steel city is renowned for producing songwriters of mordant wit and winsome austere, and High Hazels are no exception. They are born storytellers.
If there’s ever been a time to catch High Hazels unleash their sumptuous melodic phrasing and majestic pop sentimentality upon the world, the time is now. With eagerly-anticipated new material at the ready, the evolution of the Sheffield 4-piece is about to enter its next phase, emerging fresh from the Yorkshire valleys not a moment too soon.
For the past few months, James Leesley (vocals/guitar), Scott Howes (guitar), Paul Musgrave (bass) and Anthony Barlow (drums) have been busy. The M1 has become their home as regular trips between their flag-adorned Kelham Island rehearsal room – an industrial workspace in a former factory overlooking the River Don - and The Nave in Leeds has seen the band writing, rehearsing, recording and experimenting with new sonic textures.
Single ‘Days of No One’ will be released on 23 February 2018 and follows last year’s singles ‘Joined at The Lip’ and ‘Sequin Eyes’. The band played 2 packed-out shows at Sheffield’s Tramlines and have received acclaim from The Guardian, as well as opening shows for Richard Hawley, The Coral and Slow Club. A new album is due before the end of the year and the band will play Sheffield (4th May), London (2nd May) and Manchester (27th April) Spring 2018.
With a passion for vintage gear and penchant for priceless guitars (never mind affording the bus ride home) High Hazels combine the grand tradition of enigmatic guitar fetisheurs Marr, Reilly and Ryder-Jones, with the strident tone of the Greenwich Village folkie and plaintive notes of the jukebox balladeer.
“If you’re a fan of The Smiths and The Coral at their most melodic, then this may be right up your street” – The Guardian
“Direct, down to earth, and uniquely northern. All lilting songwriting and winking odes to the past, a balance of time and tense” – CLASH Magazine
“So fragile and emotional, you can’t help falling for them” – Louder Than War