High Hazels

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High Hazels are an English band made up of singer and guitarist James Leesley, lead guitarist Scott Howes, and brothers Paul and Anthony Barlow on bass guitar and drums. All members of the band grew up in Handsworth, a suburb of Sheffield where three of the members (James, Scott and Anthony) became friends in primary school and then later bonded over their shared passion for music.

James, Scott and Anthony played together in bands after leaving school for a while before deciding to concentrate on writing. Paul also played in various other outfits as a drummer before joining the band. After many nights spent in Sheffield's pubs bonding over their mutual appreciation for each other's music, it made sense that Paul should learn to play bass guitar and complete the line up. They then locked themselves in a practice room in Sheffield for around two years to form a set of song's they were happy with.

The band recorded their first songs in October 2012 and sent the results to BBC Radio and 6 Music DJ, Steve Lamacq. Lamacq then played one of the songs on his daily 6 Music show and then on his Radio 2 show before the band had played a gig.

Their first gig was on 30 November 2012 at The Great Gatsby Bar in Sheffield. In 2013 the band played regular shows in London and Manchester.

In October 2013 the band signed a deal with Heist Or Hit Records to release their debut single, Hearts Are Breaking on limited edition 7 inch vinyl. The band played a sold out single launch at The Harley in Sheffield to mark its release.

Clash Music said of the band, "All lilting songwriting and stark directness, it's a vision of fluorescent lights reflected in a puddle of rain water." Guardian Music went on to say, "If you’re a fan of The Smiths, or The Coral at their most melodic, then this may be right up your street.

The band are influenced by artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, The Smiths, Radiohead, The Shins, The Walkmen, John Cooper Clarke, and Joy Division, among others.

In February 2014, the band announced via their website that they were releasing a four track E.P called 'In The Half Light'. The E.P was released on 10 inch vinyl and digital down load via Heist Or Hit Records on the 7th April 2014. In July 2014 to coincide with their main stage performance at Tramlines Festival, the band announced the release of a single from their debut album

On 24 July 2014, the band's 'Misbehave' single was reviewed by Rob da Bank, Liam Fray of The Courteeners and Eve Barlow from NME on Steve Lamacq's Round Table radio show on BBC 6 Music.

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Year Title Rating Releases
2013 Hearts Are Breaking 1
2014 Misbehave 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2014 In the Half Light 1

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