Hazels is an indie-rock band from Jesmond in England, comprising James Gibbons, Robbie O’Neill, Peter Lavery, Tomo Errington and Matthew Duffy.
Brightly shining music skips around the room as Hazels deliver solidly formed sounds. The bass creates the steely spine of the out-put allowing the percussion to flourish with creative flurries and tempo changes, that gives the hook and foundation on which to add the textures of the guitars. A vocal spears clearly through the tracks as the various six-stringers are given the room to explore a range of effects, from wow, to echo and dampener, without ever finding the changes out of context.
Although formed a couple of years ago, it wasn’t until the latter part of last year they really took themselves seriously and started to establish a regular live performance presence, which has found them generate a local buzz of interest. The slow start means that I have only been able to hear two tracks, though rumour has it that a a six track début release is due to surface over the summer. Certainly an LP I am looking forward to hearing and one which, if of similar vein to the couple of tracks about, should see Hazels rapidly gain far wider traction.
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