BREAKING WIND! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
THE HAZEY JANES GET IT ON WITH ARMELLODIE RECORDS.
You might have heard the rumours via ‘quick-of-the-mark’, Tom Morton (Listen Again 4:10 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012rfd9), or by mister ‘finger-on-the-pulse’, Vic Galloway (Listen Again 1:04:40 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012r9dt) both of which have stolen our thunder a tad. Alas, we can’t complain we’re uber-happy to report that long-time friends and all round good cats, The Hazey Janes have become the latest babes to join our little Armellodie party and flash the good stuff.
The band are set to return to our stereos with their shimmering new album The Winter That Was released on Monday 24th October 2011.
It’s safe to say The Hazey Janes have undergone their fair share of globe-trotting since releasing their rightly praised eponymous mini-album some 8 years ago.
They escaped the Caledonian rain and absconded to Spain to record their debut long-player Hotel Radio at the studios of legendary Spanish producer Paco Loco (Josh Rouse / Jeff Tweedy) in Cadiz. The record was met with significant acclaim upon its release in February 2006 and the band set forth, playing shows both everywhere and anywhere. They headlined throughout the UK, and as well as playing in support to the likes of Elbow, Idlewild and Snow Patrol the band made two trips to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where they showed their versatility by being able to open for both Susanna Hoffs and The Presidents of the United States of America.
With all guns blazing the band hopped Stateside again in 2007 to New Jersey, where they recorded a new album entitled Hands Around The City with esteemed producer John Agnello (The Hold Steady / The Walkmen / Sonic Youth). Unfortunately for the fan-base that the band amassed on their travels, the album has become stuck in limbo. Somewhere between the cosmos of legality and the galaxy of small print it remains unreleased to this day, much to the band’s dismay.
In the words of Nietzsche, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and so The Hazey Janes re-grouped in bonnie Dundee, chalked Hands Around The City up to experience and refined their zig-zag path from country to psych to power pop on The Winter That Was. After all, only the ideal synergy of chunky chords, wistful lyrics and lush-as harmonies can fill our sometimes depressing world with sunshine and exultation. It is with this palette that The Hazey Janes continue to paint the big picture.
The first single from the album is the beefed up brash power-pop of ‘Carmelite’, available for your visual stimulation above. Feast your eyes on it’s old-school lo-fi, sensual moustache goodness.
You can hear a further track from the record, ‘Girl In The Night’ courtesy of the Big British Castle on the aforementioned Tom Morton and Vic Galloway radio shows so listen again while they’re still on the iPlayer.
And so that ends this wave of Hazey Janes goodness, stay tuned for more news on when you can bag Carmelite and see the band live and in the flesh.