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Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – The Haze

For Part Two of this series we head off to 2008 and The Haze who are no strangers to my iPod as their album “Spirits Are Rising” was one of my favourites of 2008 and not just because they covered “The Seeker”.

This is from their own biography:-

If the 21st century has seen music transformed – perhaps even overwhelmed – by technology, then it’s a relief to know that, for lovers of rock, the old values have become…well, invaluable. And no band better presents this truism than THE HAZE. A five-piece from Glasgow, they’ve spent the past few years learning their craft on the road, touring anywhere and everywhere they can across Britain.

“I’d say that we’ve played almost every major city, and most of the bigger venues,” says singer James Cairns. Through supporting the likes of Idlewild, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Cult, The Hold Steady, The Haze have developed their chops and curves, in the process becoming a sharp, focused, articulate, hard rocking crew who deliver dirty rhythms locked into garage melodies, amid choruses so towering they are in danger of being a hazard to low-flying aircraft.

Led by the distinctive lead vocals of James Cairns, The Haze combine the classic feel of artists such as The Cult and The Doors with a tension last seen in Oasis early years. Live, the recipe is one part brooding menace and one part soaring guitars – add a pinch of backline-heavy rhythms and you have a new, pulse-racing sound combining strong melody with heart-driven riffs. Tracks such as Ghostdancer (as featured on a Zero magazine covermount CD), Lord, Preacher and Just To Hear Them Say are solid proof of that.

“When we started out, our main influence was Oasis,” reveals Cairns. “But now, we’re much more into the classic giants: Zeppelin, the Doors, the Stones, the Who, Dylan…it means that we’ve managed to get interest from older fans, as well as pick up a large young following. It’s a great mixture.”

Cairns himself nearly joined the band as a guitarist. “I was invited down by John Paul Hunter (guitarist, who co-founded The Haze). I knew his cousin, and so got asked to come along for a bevy & a sing song, because they were looking for more band members. I went along, and actually just started to sing along to some of the tunes; that was it, I got the job…as the vocalist!”

Having never sung before in public, Cairns needed some severe anaesthetic intake to calm his nerves before doing his first ever Haze show. Consequently, his recollections are well…hazy. “Don’t ask me to tell you anything about that. I was so out of it; I can’t recall that gig at all, ha! But I’ve learnt my lessons. These days, we all party hard – but only after doing the show.”

The current line-up – Cairns, Hunter, bassist Ross Duffy and drummer Robert Mitchell – have been together since 2004 with the most recent addition Leahy only joining in the summer of 2009 , and the aim is to spread the word far and wide.

“We want to go to America, Japan, Europe…in fact, anywhere they love their rock music.” In preparation for such global plans, The Haze have just recorded their debut album, with famed producer Chris Tsangarides. “Man, that was amazing. He’s worked with Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest as well as tons of new acts …he has so many stories that it could keep us in lyrics for the next six records!”

The record itself will be called ‘Spirits Will Rise’, a title that comes from… “well, it’s inspired by spiritualism. But it also has another meaning, of course. One that’s more alcoholic! So, whichever way you look at it, this is the perfect title for our debut.”

The Haze aren’t a passing phase. They are the natural successors to so many great names who’ve graced the British scene over the past 40 years – from Lizzy to Zeppelin, Nazareth to the Pink Fairies. But they’re also very much part of the modern era as recently witnessed on their recent shows at King Tuts, Rock Ness and as support to The Enemy.

As long as we have bands like this, the future of rock ’n’ roll is a sure bet. “We’ve got festival commitments like T In The Park coming up, and it seems we’re currently in demand. But the five of us are also very much aware that to live up to the high standards we’ve set ourselves, there’s a lot of hard graft left to do.”

A band with talent, application and vision…that is refreshing.

“Capella” – The Haze

They have just finished a tour with The Complete Stone Roses and are now working on demos for the new album.

Keep up to date with them HERE

Here is the single “Streetfighter” released in Feb 2009 Kasabian beware!!

It’s a strange world when great new bands are supporting “tribute” bands Bjorn Again have a lot to answer for!

They are said to be from Glasgow but we folks from Dumbarton and The Vale consider them ours, second famous (for now) behind James Allan of Glasvegas who only played for the Sons of the Rock, then of course there is David Byrne of Talking Heads who is a real Son of the Rock.

Finally here is their take on The Who’s “The Seeker” my Fiona’s favourite Who song.

“The Seeker” – The Haze

To buy the music of The Haze click HERE

As Roberto rightly states in the book below “as long as we have bands like this plugging away, the future of rock ‘n’ roll is in safe hands”

To buy Roberto’s book click HERE

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | Books, Fiona, Old Music, Uncategorized, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 6

 

Time for an Indie Christmas

“Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas” – eels

remember last year when you were on your own
you swore the spirit couldn’t be found
december rolled around and you were counting on it to roll out

but everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

well everybody’s waiting for you down at the house
the tree is looking so inspired
there’s a yuletide groove waiting for you to move
come on and throw another log on the fire

and everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

baby Jesus, born to rock

as the days go by, the more that we need friends
and the harder they are to find
if I could have a friend like you in my life
then I guess I’d be doing just fine

and everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas
everything’s gonna be cool this christmas

Now for something from ex-Dumbarton “star” James Allan

“A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas

The prayers from the graveyard keeps mumblin’ death
Too much time hobbles lost in hurt
Now I’m compelled to care about my future going nowhere

I just stand here all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
Then a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

The ringin’ from the bells keep screamin’ out love
As snow fell from heavens above
Directionless no more
Emptiness no more

Now I don’t feel so all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

Oo –oo

Now I don’t feel so all alone in the cold wonderin’ where I’m going to-day
For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay (3x)

For a snowflake fell and it felt like a kiss now I’m okay

Finally perhaps the WORST Christmas Song ever (yes worse than the worst of Cliff!)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Twisted Sister

Indeed it is !!!!!!!!!!

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Alternative Christmas (3) Glasvegas

Glasvegas‘s self titled debut album was one of the most talked up releases of the year, a mix of Velvet Underground, JAMC and Phil Spector the vocals of James Allan were, like his football skills, an acquired taste.

Whilst not yet ready for a full blown secind album James & Co fall the now industry standard of re-releasing the now ailing debut album as a “Deluxe Addition” with the newly recorded Christmas EP as the new attraction.

Here is the EP title track “A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)

and my favourite “Please Baby Come Back Home”

December 6, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, New Music | | Leave a comment

   

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