Legendary Sheffield band Haze return with a new CD, new line-up and new sound.
Classic rockers Haze returned in 2013 with a new studio CD of original songs; “The Last Battle” features 14 new recordings by the ‘classic’ Haze line-up of the McMahon brothers and Paul Chisnell, with sisters Cat & Ceri Ashton adding strings & woodwind.
Revitalized by the success of the CD, Haze have recruited a new drummer, Danny McMahon, and are currently writing and recording new material as well as playing selected concert dates.
Formed in the late 70s by brothers Chris & Paul, they were joined by Paul Chisnell in ’83 and established their reputation as one of the hardest working underground bands of the 80s. The band released 2 LPs, 3 singles & countless cassettes & played over 500 shows around the UK & Europe before disbanding after a farewell concert at Sheffield University in ’88.
The McMahon brothers continued with World Turtle, but reformed Haze in 1998 for a 20th anniversary show, which was released as a double CD on Cyclops Records. For the next 10 years the band played intermittently together, including European tours & festival appearances, but primarily concentrated on their acoustic band Treebeard, who released 2 CDs & were very much in demand on the folk & beer festival circuit.
In 2008 Haze got together again for a couple of 30th anniversary shows, again released by Cyclops Records, and in 2010 toured Italy; one show from this tour was recorded by tour promoter Daniele Castracane and released as the “in that branch of the lake” DVD.
It was mainly Daniele's encouragement that persuaded the band to record “The Last Battle” CD, but just before it's release, drummer Paul Chisnell retired from playing, citing increasingly bad tinnitus for his inability to continue. The band immediately recruited Danny McMahon, son of guitarist Paul to fill the vacant drum stool. Although only 14, Danny had been playing drums for over 7 years, and has frequently guested with the band at local shows.
Despite building their reputation as a progressive rock band, Haze have always drawn on a wide variety of influences, ranging from pop, rock, funk, metal, meandering psychedelic jams to tightly structured prog epics.
The new material draws on all these, plus a strong folk, acoustic & medieval influence from Ceri Ashton’s contribution on whistle, flute, clarinet, viola & cello, and sister Catrin on fiddle, mandolin & flute.
Combined with Danny’s powehouse drumming we are confident this is the beginning of an exciting new phase in the band’s career!
At Christmas 2013 the band reissued their first release “The Cellar Tapes” as a 30th anniversary CD, remixed & including previously unreleased tracks and online bonus tracks.
The band have just taken part in the 2weeks 2make it video competition with a video for the new song ‘Faces on the Wall’.
Support from Rog Patterson of Twice Bitten, who have just released their first CD 'Late Cut', and Follow The Moon, new band performing Ceri Ashton's original songs.
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