If you like your music full of gorgeous vocals, shimmering guitars, plenty of reverb and with a sense of navigating the spaces between night and day, good and bad, and old and new then you’re in luck. Sheffield four-piece – High Hazels – are back with new single ‘Days of No One’, their first with new bassist Paul Musgrave. It follows last year’s excellent singles ‘Joined at the Lip’ and ‘Sequin Eyes’.
‘Days of No One’ is unmistakably High Hazels but is a nice (and thankfully, gradual) progression of their sound. The addition of synthesizers and an increased sharpness to the production by Matt Peel at The Nave in Leeds gives a sense that the band is moving into the next phase of their development. “He’s got a great collection of vintage and weird equipment that suits us” says lead singer James Leesley, referring to producer Peel.
The song sees the band experimenting with strange chord lengths and new sounds to deliver a dreamily euphoric soundscape, with James Leesley producing some top notch vocals. “The approach for us has been to look further and further into the way we like to sound and eventually we’ll find a place we’ve never been before. The new material feels like we’ve found the edges of that place.” says Leesley.
It’s no surprise that the band is garnering plaudits and fans like Richard Hawley, The Coral and Slow Club. With a highly anticipated new album in the works and an upcoming mini-tour this Spring (details below), this could be the year for High Hazels.
High Hazels are James Leesley (vox/guitar), Scott Howes (lead guitar), Paul Musgrave (bass / b.vox), Anthony Barlow (drums).
Upcoming Tour Dates
27th April Jimmy’s, Manchester
2nd May Sebright Arms, London
4th May Leadmill, Sheffield