The first thing that hits you about Hazes is the abruptness of their music; the tension-building pauses are frequent and intense, the disorientating transition from bluesy rock to alternative grunge rock leaves you wondering what they can’t do. The three-piece hail from Sheffield and are fronted by Ryan Young who also plays bass, there’s also Jacob Lewis on drums and Matt Collins on lead guitar, each as talented as the last.
Their fingers are firmly on the pulse, creating pounding, jagged riffs that deepen and throb. There’s nothing smooth with Hazes, they are red-raw, thunderous and urgent. With heavy tracks such as “Mydriasis” and “Great White”, the overwhelming reminiscent feel of Nirvana is undeniable. Young’s purring bass entwined with Collins’ grimey guitar and Lewis’ unstoppable drumming is a far cry from their previous band, the three of them claim to have “survived” Stripey Jack and have completely reidentified, renamed, and re-established. Less miserable indie tunes, more mature, vivid lyrics and structured music. The thing that excites me most about this band is the tenacity that they play with. Their attitude to performance is relentless and, on some occasions, physically harmful when they put so much of themself into the performance. The potential for Hazes to keep growing and exploring their talent is vast and intriguing. The band quite happily refer to their music as “just noise” but anyone with half an interest in music arrangements and quality of lyrics will dispute that. Big things are on the horizon for Hazes.