As you read this Bulgarian indie band Hayes & Y are playing their first UK shows, and if new single Dancefloor accompanying their introduction to British audiences is anything to go by, show attendees will be treated to some quite captivating and exciting sounds. The song is a lively yet precisely cast stroll of melodic rock with a charm which simply lures attention. The Sofia quartet has already brewed up a strong following and success back home and it is hard not to suspect similar results in the UK and other places from new single onwards.
Hayes & Y began in 2011/2012 when three ex-schoolmates who had known each other and played together for 7 years decided to focus on and unite in creating their own music. Soon recruiting a fourth member, the band jumped in the deep end with their debut or certainly one of their earliest shows seeing them play the Radio?Active indie rock festival at the beginning of 2013. It was the beginning of a big year on the live scene, a horde of venues being ignited by their sounds with highlights including opening up for Bulgarian alternative rock band Ostava in front of 1000 people and playing an acoustic live on air set for the birthday sessions of radio Z-Rock. Last year saw the band begin working with Ostava guitarist Georgi Georgiev, become a part of the Homeovoxmusic group of artists, and in turn record their debut EP [ ‘heiz ənd wai ]. Released last December it found swift attention and acclaim and led by its single Dancefloor and a video for the track You Make Me Sick, which is currently on rotation of MTV Adria, the EP swiftly sold out of its limited edition first press. Now that single, which follows second video Slowly, is getting to work on ears further afield, and a potent lure it proves to be.
The song opens with a deliciously resonating bass tempting which almost sizzles on the ear whilst accompanied by crisp percussive beats. It is a strong alluring start quickly taken up another notch by the vocals of guitarist Blagoslav Anastasov, his tones mellow and expressive but with a strength and quality which matches the stirring brew of sounds perfectly. The beats of Georgi Deyanov show even firmer swings as the bass of Ivailo Delev prowls the song in hand with the wiry melodies of the other guitarist Radoslav Lozanski. The track never erupts out of its stroll across the senses yet everything shows more rigour and hunger as the track continues to grow, craft and invention seeping new intensity whilst a bluesy air and sonic enterprise adds to the inviting incitement of the imagination.
The song’s full potency and contagion is understated in many ways but it lingers long after its departure to reveal the strength and magnetism of the band’s proposition on ears and thoughts. Expect to hear much more of Hayes & Y ahead.
Dancefloor is available from May 4th with their EP available at http://hayesandy.bandcamp.com/album/heiz-nd-wai now.
UK gig dates:
03.05.2015 – The Black Dog, Crawley
04.05.2015 – Legendary Labour Club, Northampton
05.05.2015 – The George Tavern, London
06.05.2015 – Dublin Castle, London
07.05.2015 – Carsons Bar, Manchester
08.05.2015 – The Royal Standard, Sheffield
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