The Hazey Janes come to Mad Hatters

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With their 3rd EP released in a few days, and a gig at Mad Hatters on the 20th of October, we caught up with the band to talk about the album, their plans and experiences of previous trips up North.

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You describe your genre as “indie pop”, how does that present itself in your music and how has the sound of the band evolved over the time since your formation ?

It’s mainly a generic answer to a generic question, really – I’m still not completely convinced what it is, I’ve heard various takes on it; ‘indie-pop’, ‘indie-rock’, ‘country/folk-rock’. Some may even call it ‘alt-pop’. Whatever the moniker there’s definitely been a quite a progression from our first EP back in 2004. It’s particularly prevalent on our new record.

How did the recording of your recent album “The Winter That Was” go? Is there a track or tracks that you are particularly pleased with for the album?

For a variety of reasons the process of recording TWTW was more drawn out than any of our other albums, which had both its pros and cons. It was good making certain judgements with perspective, however, I imagine, given the choice, we’d revert back to working within a shorter time frame on the next record. Overall, it suits us better.

Most of the instrumentation on the album had been arranged prior to going into the studio, with a few exceptions. One of these was ‘You Only Stand To Lose If I Stay’. For that reason, I was particularly happy with the end result that track.

In a recent interview you have said that you are eager to get back into the studio, seems to be quite a quick return, what are the reasons for this?

Like I say, we’re used to committing an album in a shorter space of time, so it feels appropriate to act on any momentum that this album may build. Both between us, musically as a band, and also our audience. We also hope to be in the studio early next year working on a collaboration project. Which, I can tell you, we’re very excited about!

You’ve been up to Inverness before, do you have a favourite gig?

There’s been quite a few; Belladrum Festival, Hootananny, The Ironworks – all great shows. I think the most fun we’ve ever had up in Inverness though was playing in The Market Bar. Tiny, heaving, drunkenly and completely brilliant.


I know that you have mentioned a few tracks already, but which one throughout your career stands best represents you and why?

A track of our own? We tend not to dwell too much on older material and keep the live set relatively reflective of the album in hand. In saying that, when we do have a go at rehashing the past we often find ourselves back at ‘This Place Is Just Not My Kind’ from Hotel Radio. It must still feel relevant.

Have you got anything to plug?

Indeed, we have a new album entitled, ‘The Winter That Was’ coming out through Armellodie Records this coming Monday 24th October!


We’ll also be on tour throughout October and again November:


18th – Captain’s Rest – Glasgow

20th – Inverness – Mad Hatters

21st – Thurso – Newmarket Bar

22nd – Dundee – Grouchos Records Store – Instore performance

23rd – Perth – Twa Tams

24th – Dundee Album Launch – Dukes Corner



25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

26th – Banchory – Woodend Barn

by Chris Lemon

Thanks to The Hazey Janes

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Chris Lemon
Chris Lemon
A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me via our Facebook page.