Hey Sholay

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…

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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