terça-feira, 18 de julho de 2017

Passing By with Hazed - An Interview

Obscuro, envolvente, hipnótico, sensual, são alguns adjetivos que podem e descrevem a sonoridade do primeiro EP homônimo do Hazed.

Tão misterioso quanto sua sonoridade o Hazed não dispôs maiores informações sobre os próprios e coube ao TBTCI dissecar um pouco do que se trata essa beleza sonora, envolta à um pós punk gazer sensual.

Sedutoramente cativante, o Hazed induz ao vício em segundos, só nos resta a paixão imediata.

***** Interview with Hazed *****

Q. When did Hazed start? Tell us about the history...
1. Hazed was initially just the two of us(Scott and Alex), we had been writing a lot of songs together as we were already playing in a band, Home$lice. We realised that a lot of what we were coming up with wasn't really in keeping with what we were doing with Home$lice but since we live together and were writing so much we decided to do Hazed as a kind of bedroom project with no pressure to release much or do gigs or anything. Since the start we have recorded everything with our friend Paul Ferrie, he in many ways was the catalyst for us to get things together and think about forming a band as Hazed. After we recorded our first song 'I Think of You' we decided he had a lot to bring to the table in terms of drum machine and synth parts so from there he became much more heavily involved in the writing process. Our EP that we have recently released I think marks the start of us trying do be much more productive. Along with the addition of Paul we have now found a bassist in Martin McCormack so that is the lineup now complete and we can see how things develope from here.

Q: Who are your influences?
2. Our influences range from shoegaze to garage to trap, a couple of big bands for us I would say would be Slowdive, Ringo Deathstarr, Wild Nothing, Cigarettes After Sex, Warpaint and New Order.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3. Top 5 albums -
Television - Marquee Moon
Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Q. How do you feel playing live?
4. We have yet to play live as a band yet, until Martin and Paul joined the band it would have been a real struggle for us I reckon as the two of us would have had to find a way to loop instuments and play drum machines etc, while not impossible I think the songs would have really suffered from it. Me and Alex have always enjoyed playing live in other bands though so I reckon we will have a good time when we do start gigging.

Q. How do you describe Hazed sounds?
5. I think the name Hazed sums up our sound pretty well itself, we have always wanted to go for a washed out, dreamy kind of vibe.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6. The recording process begins with me and Alex, we come up with the guitar parts and vocals and basic structures to start with then will jam with Paul and Martin and everything else falls into place from there. Most of our recording so far have been done at our flat with Paul having a lot of his own recording equipment. We always try and keep everything quite simple but add any intriquices through layering guitar parts etc this way we keep it sounding as synthetic as possible whilst adding a lot of depth to the sound.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7. My finger may not be so on the pulse with new bands but recently I've been listening to a lot of Hibou, I think they have been about for a couple of years though. I also found a great shoegaze band on Soundcloud called Sustains who are definitely worth a listen. We are from Glasgow and there are a tonne of great local bands about at the moment, Shredd, Life Model, Spinning Coin, Sweet Creeps, Lush Purr and Lylo to name a few.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8. Would really love to cover Goodbye Horses by Q Lazarus, so will probably get round to that at somepoint.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
9. With the additions of Paul and Martin our plans for the future are looking good, both of them contribute a lot with the songwriting so possibly a slight shift in sound or certainly approach to writing anyway but we look to begin gigging in the next few months anyway and hopefully have some new music out at the start of the next year.

Q: Any parting words?
10. Thank you very much for taking the time to interview us, we recently made a music video, here it is...