When I wrote my blog for Gola about Sheffieldian indiepop trio Standard Fare last week, I said that they’d been one of the two bands I’d seen perform at the live recording of the Steve Lamacq show at the Sheffield Crucible. Well, I could hardly mention one without mentioning the other, now, could I?
Hey Sholay are an example of Yorkshire’s finest – hailing from Leeds and Sheffield, this five-piece of filmmakers, artists and (importantly) super-talented musicians make a beautiful brand of psychedelic pop that’s got them making some serious waves in the music press of late.
On September 14th they released their debut album ‘((0))’ – no, that’s not a typo – and it’s been getting rave reviews left right and centre for its upbeat tempo and catchy rhythms interspersed in places with a darker, more emotive undertone. The band make the most of all their musical talents, creating a complex and stirring musical tone using strong beats, edgy riffs and lots of delicious synth. When you inter-weave this with the distinctive vocals (touch of Bombay Bicycle club, dash of Villagers, and a huge dollop of something exquisite that I can’t quite put my finger on), you’ve got a band that are taking British indie, turning it upside down, shaking it up a bit and putting it down again in the shape of something nobody’s ever seen before.
If you think you’d like to have a little bit of Hey Sholay for your very own, there’s a free track you can download via their Facebook page. For more information, and for the full Hey Sholay experience (art and film included – the music video above is one of their own DIY projects) visit the blog on their website – it’s a little bit crazy and a heck of a lot awesome. In fact, I’m off to have another look…