We’ve been pretty off-the-ball about posting anything recently, and have been keeping relatively secluded in our activities, but that doesn’t excuse the oversight of not posting up this brilliant review of our album by Oliver Arditi on his music blog.
He’s an excellent music writer, very incisive with his observations and seems to really get what the artists he is reviewing are trying to do.
Mind you, I would say that given some of the praise he gave our album:
“Swaggering rock-noir that seeks out the seam of self-harming, death-trip paranoia submerged beneath the entertaining surface of rock ‘n’ roll and drags it struggling and squirming into the light.”
“Black Hay’s debut album is a lot of fun, a darkly humorous and musically powerful take on sex, death and all of that rock ’n’ roll psychodrama malarkey.”
And my favourite
“There’s a spin on this material, a critical edge in the way its presented, that lifts it from the entertainingly stylish to the surpassingly excellent.”
Make sure you check out Oliver’s site – he’s got loads of great music on there you probably haven’t heard of. That’s how I discovered Blackwalls, who were one of my musical highs of 2014.
Thanks again, Oliver.
Kate from Trash Blog and BSTV came down to the last Speak No Evil night at the Macbeth in Hoxton. As I’ve mentioned previously, Speak No Evil is the monthly music event we help organise along with our friends in Georges Kaplan Presents… and JB Newman & the Black Letter Band.
Kate has written a really flattering blog piece about that night, and a rather complimentary summation of our musical efforts on the Black Hay front, including our “wonderfully croonerish quality that references the darker side of Johnny Cash” and “beautiful, maudlin textures” amongst other things.
Many thanks, Kate.
You can check out what this fine young lady has to say over here:
SexMusic.tumblr, also known as http://xmusic.fm has featured or song ‘I Feel Something’ on their blog. Given that their blog is dedicated to ‘music to have sex to’, we must admit to feeling right at home with the sentiment and bang-on target.
The track is available for a limited amount of time as a free download and you need only visit the link below to claim a download code for the track. Isn’t that splendid?
Those lovely folks at Against The Odds have been giving us a bit of blog love recently.
They called the album “Shamelessly good rock served in the most unpardonable of ways” and suggest that it is “played after midnight when you’ll enjoy it’s beauty to the fullest”.
Guess you’ve been told, kids.
I’m Gideon, and I’m writing about my band Black Hay. We’re slightly weird and perverted form of rock band from London. It’s only really become a proper band again relatively recently though; before that it was just me writing songs and making records for the sake of making music that is important to me. We’ll get to all of that in due time.
So, why start a blog?
Why the fuck not?
The new year seems like as good a time as any to take new initiative. If you’re one of those people who occasionally turns on the radio or TV and thinks “Who is it they make crap for? It’s certainly not me.” Then I reckon there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find something to like about Black Hay.
If we work on the (bogus) assumption that 90% of the planet won’t have any use for this music, that leaves a good 10%. The current estimate of world population is around 7.1 billion people, and 10% of that is 71 million. So this blog is part of an attempt to reach out and speak to those people. Whoever they are.
The main point of this blog is just to have a place where we can share stories and anecdotes about various adventures we get up to, people we meet, things we find out. we think is important from the vantage point of our little corner.
Obviously, it being a band we’re going to tell you about gigs, releases, projects, and that kind of thing but we’re hoping to make things a little more intriguing than the typical spinal tap-isms of your average guitar-wielding knob-jockey.
The comments section is open, and encouraged, and unless it’s ridiculously inappropriate or spammy, will be left for all to see – any and all critiques, criticisms and feedback are well-received.
That’s it as far as introductions go for now.
Happy new year. It’s going to be a good one.