Words from Bobby, the lead singer
Hello! We’re Hazey Jane – there are four of us. I’m Bobby (vocals) and I met Laurent (guitar) at secondary school in Eastbourne. We entered a battle of the bands when we were 14 and came 42nd. The full band met at university in Southampton where childhood pals Paul (drums) and Connor (bass) bonded with the original duo over a particularly well-crafted episode of Later … with Jools Holland. Hazey Jane is the name of a song (actually two songs) by one of our greatest influences – Nick Drake. We grew up listening to Laurel Canyon Folk music from the 60’s/70’s; CSNY, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell etc. Later on, we discovered John Martyn and Nick Drake. I still idolise John Prine for his ability to keep a smile on his face while he puts a mirror up to the world. There are plenty more influences that the other guys would mention – I think our general rule is to soak up anything and everything we can.
Our upcoming single ‘Sidetrack’ explores the joy and frustration of maintaining friendships. Loving someone is tough, whatever the circumstances. This song reminds us to draw strength from our closest relationships and persevere with those that enable us to grow.
Hazey Jane will be playing a headline show at The Lexington on the 17th of July. Sign up to their mailing list at hazeyjane.com for ticket updates.
Words from Ted Stargatt
Hazey Janes’ latest single, Sidetrack is an Electro-indie song, collaborating different styles together, making a track that is both perfect for those late night relaxing tunes or hitting it up in the club.
This track has many clear, great influences, but one that stood out to me was Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle, another inspirational track that is perfect for many occasions.
Sidetrack follows on from two other singles released last year. Open, a more folk style with guitar riffs reminiscent of the late 60’s/Early 70 electric guitar folk and rock scene, and is another magnificent track. Lay Low is more of a commercial pop sound, but is sure to be another track that resonates well with a lot of people.