As part of the C60 Club, we here at austerity will be catching up with some of our favourite artists of the underground music scene. This month, we’ve spoken to Heather- the vocalist, guitarist & dream-weaver of the first ever C60 participants HANYA…
A: Hello Hanya, & welcome to the C60 Club.
H: Thanks for having us! I can’t wait to see the cassettes, they look beautiful.
The band has been around the live music scene in various incarnations for a few years now. Please tell us a little more about Hanya & the story so far.
Get comfortable!The band in its primitive-form kinda started in 2015. Jack (drummer) & I had both moved to Brighton together from Dorset, living our big city dreams. I had been writing music for years solo, & he’d always hounded me about putting drums on my tracks. Eventually, we started jamming, & my cute baby-folk tunes quickly became gritty, washy & psychedelic.We were a two-piece for about 3 years under a different name before we released our first EP ‘I Used To Love You, Now I Don’t’ under HANYA in late-2018. Eventually, we realised the songs could be so much more with the addition of bass, & then second guitar. Voila! We were born.
The idea of the C60 Club was born out of our belief that physical releases are as integral as digital. What are your thoughts on physical media?
Couldn’t agree more. Although digital releases are much more accessible, I do envy bands of the 60’s & 70’s recording to tape &releasing everything on vinyl especially.Everyone in HANYA has some sort of collection of vinyl records, CDs & cassettes. My vice is vinyl: my collection has grown over the years since I’vebeen working at a record shop. If I love a piece of music I willalways make sure to buy it on a physical format. It’s so much more pleasing to the senses, & you know you’re supporting artists to continue much more so than streaming a release.
Had you ever planned on releasing “Sea Shoes” on a physical format? The EP was originally released in February on digital platforms only.
Plans have been & gone… we often float the idea of pressing the EP to a cheeky little 10”, but the upfront cost for an unsigned band has always been hard to swallow. One day, we promise!
The notion of the sea & the beach is a recurring theme throughout this EP, which in turn makes us think of hometown Brighton & the surrounding areas. What makes Brighton & its music scene so special to you?
Most of us are from seaside towns, but Brighton has been our respective home for close to 10 years. The music scene here has nurtured our growth beyond belief; Its helped us find our feet, meet new friends & be a part of a community of DIY musicians. Brighton itself is a funny little city - it’s always been an oasis of creativity & the string of artists that have been through here is mind-boggling. We couldn’t love it more.
With coronavirus & the subsequent dwindling of the economy threatening the live music industry’s very existence, is there any venues/promoters in Brighton that you hold in a special light?
Oh so many! Independent promoters Love Thy Neighbour, Acid Box, Melting Vinyl & JOY have been so good to us. They are key to continuing the great music scene here & have supported us throughout our many incarnations. We’ll always have a place in our heart for the venues Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (RIP), The Hope & Ruin & TheGreen Door Store. I hope this situation doesn’tdamage our grassroots scene - it’s such a shame to hear of places like the Deaf Institute [in Manchester] potentially closing from the lack of help that’s available right now.
Obviously, the year 2020 has not gone to plan for anyone so far. With the world slowly starting to recover, however, what are your plans for 2021 & beyond?
Well, not to let any secrets slip, but we’ve been busy writing throughout lockdown for a very exciting project. Despite the uncertainty, we’re looking forward to getting back on the road eventually & playing our songs to the world.
The video for Winter Gardens lead single from the upcoming 'Tapestry' EP is finally here! Directed by Jamie Windless and shot/edited by Nathan Still with additional visuals from Nick Weekes. I swirling visual delight for your eyes.
Following on from last week’s introduction, we are happy to announce the very first participants of our new C60 Club, the magnificent Hanya. We’ve been big fans of the Brighton garage-gaze quartet for a long time (since the days as a two-piece!) & we could write paragraphs on their incredibly beautiful music, but we’ll let them introduce themselves in their own words:
.“Named after the HANNYA mask traditionally worn in Noh theatre, Hanya was constructed by vocalist & guitarist Heather exploring the many faces of a female psyche; consequently enlisting her three closest friends to assemble the group. The result is a heady concoction of 90s-esque dream pop/shoegaze, swirling sunshine guitars, heavy energetic beats & thick-grooved basslines, all spiralling to a heavyweight of impressive growls vs. sweet nothings, inviting the listener into an encompassing headspace to explore the groups' introversions. There's a lot to be said for a group hailed by @clashmagazine as able to ‘create truly a mesmerising & unforgettable experience’.”
Hanya will be releasing “Sea Shoes”, their sophomore four-track EP, as part of our strictly-limited, cassette-only collection on August 06th. Pre-order info will be announced shortly.
A lot of us grew up not only collecting vinyl records, but collecting cassette tapes too. The look & feel, the analogue warmth of the sound, making mixtapes - these were all big factors in those formative years of our music fandom. With that, we are more than proud to introduce our new C60 Club, a bi-monthly, cassette-only series of releases from artists that we know, love & respect. The tapes, made from recycled plastic where possible, will come with a fully-printed o-card (& extras) & will be strictly limited to a one-time-only 25 copies per release. No re-issues, no second editions. Announcements regarding participating bands are imminent.
A time where we should all be joining forces and working together as best we can. Purchase one of the ten strictly limited new Winter Gardens 'Tapestry' T-Shirts and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to local charity 'Warming Up The Homeless' & the NHS Covid-19 Urgent Appeal charity 'Together'.
Warming Up The Homeless - Our mission is the relief of poverty among the street homeless/rough sleepers and homeless through the provision of items to support basic needs such as sleeping bags, ground sheets, survival sheets, blankets, clothing, food and toiletries. We also aim to improve the individual’s welfare through emotional support, even if it’s just a smile or by signposting them to other services. We endeavour to prevent harm to health by referring to emergency and similar services as and when necessary throughout Hastings, St Leonards, Eastbourne and Bexhill.
NHS Together - NHS Charities Together is a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. NHS Charities give £1million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more. Through NHS Charities Together member charities collaborate on nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, such as celebrating the NHS Birthday every year on 5th July with the NHS Big Tea.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed everyday life as we know it. With little sign of the madness slowing down, it’s more important than ever to stay positive & upbeat in the face of uncertainty. We here at austerity records would like to provide the soundtrack to such an outlook. Therefore, allow us to introduce “Stay Home”, our isolation playlist that is now available to stream on Spotify here. This playlist, made as uplifting & fun as possible, will hopefully introduce people to cracking tunes from emerging artists such as Peach Kelli Pop, The Stroppies & French Vanilla, as well as classics from the likes of The Flatemates, Underworld, Ride, Fugazi, Sugarcubes & The The. Check the link, turn it up & stay home.
We’re disappointed to announce that we have had to postpone the Kanadia, Zooni & Hotwax Bank Holiday show at The Piper on the 8th May due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The safety & health of our audiences will always be paramount to us so, although it was gutting to make, this decision was a no-brainer. Ticket refunds are now being issued automatically through DICE & a re-arranged date will be announced in due course. In the meantime, please be safe, look after one another & help flatten the Coronavirus curve. x
We are delighted to welcome Kanadia to The Piper on Friday May 8th for a very special Bank Holiday live show. The Oxfordshire four-piece have been on our radar for a while now, & it’ll be a pleasure to bring their unique brand of alt-rock to a south coast audience. Joining them & adding to the atmosphere will be austerity favourites Zooni & local psychedelia from Hotwax (Previously 'The Kiffs'). Tickets are available in advance HERE for the super-low price of only £6.50. It’s the start of a bank holiday weekend, so stay out late & discover your new favourite bands.
We believe that supporting, sharing & shining a light on new music is incredibly important. With that in mind, we present an updated Spotify playlist for 2020, featuring a plethora of fresh & inspiring tunes from the likes of Hanya, Zooni, CIEL, DrugStoreRomeos, Alice Boman, Peach Pyramid, Algiers... Have a listen (Click icon below), let us know what you think of the artists & if you dig it, please buy their records or tickets to a show. The support goes a long way.
THANK YOU! We’ve had an incredible time during our first-ever Independent Venue Week. On behalf of ourselves & our roster of bands we would like to send a heartfelt shout-out to Chris & his team at The Piper, Alice & co. at the Wedgewood Rooms, ABH Promotions, Hanya, Chris at Innerstrings & our wonderful friends in Penelope Isles. Thank you to everyone who came down & checked out the austerity x IVW bash in Hastings Saturday Night, What a party! This past week has been a blast, & judging by the friendly & passionate characters we’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, we feel it’s safe to say that the future of the independent music scene is in good hands.