Hazels is an indie-rock band from Jesmond in England, comprising James GibbonsRobbie O’NeillPeter LaveryTomo Errington and Matthew Duffy.

Hazels - indie-rock from England


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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