MEET: SUBURBAN HAZE, BY KIAN WEST / by Kian West

SUBURBAN HAZE

W/ PAUL GRAHAM

BY KIAN WEST

SUBURBAN HAZE ARE QUICKLY GAINING A REPUTATION AND ATTENTION AS ONE OF THE HOTTEST BANDS COMING OUT OF NEWCASTLE AT THE MOMENT, AND WE ARE REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE THEM ON THE BILL FOR OUR AUGUST COLLAB EVENT WITH LOVE+RENT AT THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL. I CAUGHT PAUL GRAHAM FOR A MOMENT TO FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE BAND…

SUBURBAN HAZE

Tell us a little bit about the band.
Just a bunch of guys making some kind of weird music. We recently recorded with Jay Maas, which was an unreal experience, and we are putting out that album soon. 

When did you start playing together? Have you been in groups before?
The current lineup has been together since around 2015 and we all play in other bands. I also play in Tired Minds, Joe played in Brinkworth and is currently in The Hard Word, Dyl plays in King Trio, and Alex used to kick around with Adeline Pines.

Who are your influences? 
It’s hard to say – it definitely moves around a lot. We started as basically trying to do our own version of The Pixies and I think that’s still pretty accurate. The coolest thing about being in Sub Haze is that we can almost take anything and make it work in our sound. One song on the new album has a straight doom metal riff and other songs move between a bunch of genres.

Have you got any local favourite artists? 
There’s so many awesome bands getting around Newcastle at the moment! We’ve been lucky to collaborate with our favourite local acts for recordings (Safe Hands and Rachel Maria Cox), but there’s so many unique and interesting sounds coming up. Currently loving Nicholas Connors, Paper Thin, Unfit for Human Consumption, NTL Landmarks, The Owls and E4444E.

There’s a show coming up?
Yep! We launch our new album on 12” vinyl at The Cambridge on the 10th of August, and then we’re heading on a run of shows from here through to Adelaide. We’re heading off with our pals No Oaths from Adelaide, who put out a killer album last year (under the name Roadhouse though).

What should people expect? 
Us ripping off The Pixies formula of quiet > LOUD AND DISTORTED > quite a bunch. Joe, Dylan and Alex groaning at my banter. Sad man with kind of deep voice stuff.

What’s next? 
Once we get this album out and tour done, we’ll probably be looking to get back in the studio. Just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing, but on this album we had a pretty tight deadline, so it will be nice to be able to do our future stuff on our own time.

There you go! Catch Suburban Haze August 12th at The Cambridge Hotel with Jen Buxton, Belle Badi, and No Oaths. Support the scene!