New Gone Hazel release, Head, now available (to listen, to buy, to love) through Bandcamp. Features a previously unreleased recording, Sport Part II (The Crowd is Buzzing).
Joe Iannuzzi is featured on two tracks. For a couple of months back in 1998 we had our very own Keith Moon.
The lead track, Sport, was a big production with big vocals & loads of guitars.
Is it Alternative? Power Pop? Surf? Garage?
It’s a nervous breakdown with electric guitars!
When Sport was originally released, we were excited to promote it on Breakfast TV. We were told that the song was too violent (provocative sure, but too violent? Shut up!) and couldn’t play it on the show. Have a listen and decide for yourself.
Also included in the interview are two Gone Hazel songs – Instant Therapy and Sport. Sport will finally see a re-release very soon while you can get Instant Therapy as part of the EP, Noise on Bandcamp.
2016 is Gone Hazel’s 20th Anniversary. To celebrate, we are re-releasing early Gone Hazel music along with previously unavailable recordings.
First up is the Gone Hazel compilation, NOISE, which is available on Bandcamp. It contains 5 songs originally released on The Kids Are Bored. When you download the EP you also get a pdf booklet with liner notes and lyrics.
1. Instant Therapy
2. Circle Jerk
3. Learning to Crack Part 2
4. If I Could Rule the World from a Small Town
5. The Kids Are Bored
Here is an excerpt from the liner notes, written by Yeppo:
It was the summer of ‘96 and loads of guitar-driven bands were high and low. Nirvana was done but Oasis still stood at the top of the mountain. Also adding their sound and fury to the mix were Dodgy, Sloan, Fastball, Blur, Presidents of the USA, Weezer and Green Day (to name a bunch). Gone Hazel began with all this great music swirling around them.
In the beginning, Chicagoan Bob Cellini (bass, vocals) hooked up with Torontonians Roberto LiVolsi (guitar, vocals) and Tim Woodger (drums). Early rehearsals were in Tim’s basement, early songs consisted of Roberto and Bob’s back catalogue and early gigs took place as much as possible.
The boys were united in three ways: songwriting talent, love of a variety of music and a sense of humour. The humour came out in their first independent release, The Gigging of Gets, which was released for the purpose of getting gigs. Those gigs came quickly as did signing with a booking agency in Chicago.
Gone Hazel’s Sport will be on Goldie’s Garage on Friday, March 20th at 9 PM/PST, Midnight EST. Goldie’s Garage is a program on Little Steven’s Underground Garage Radio that features unsigned bands.
Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio is on channel 21, SiriusXM radio & plays great rock and roll music that has slipped through the cracks over the years. Gone Hazel is thrilled to be featured on Goldie’s Garage. Thanks Genya!
Finally, a Gone Hazel video before you. No acting, no miming, just an animated companion to one of our best songs: Alternative This. A joy to make, it’s been sitting, waiting since 2013 but enough’s enough. Gone Hazel, formed in 1996, broke down in 1999, did a few things in 2004/5 and coming back to life in 2013, unleashes it’s first official video in 2015. Alternative This.
You can read about the complete dramatic story of Gone Hazel video-making here.