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The best kept secret in music

Press


"Nationwide Press - Summer 2003"

hazel virtue combines pristine harmonies, muscular guitars, and pop-savvy hooks on its new CD “the face and the shine”
- Billboard Magazine


"Year-end Awards"

Singer Eric Britt voted best male vocalist/musician for the last 3 years (2000,2001,2002)
Voted Best Band (2000, 2001)
- Charleston City Paper


"Feature Article"

hv’s solid alt-rock sound has matured, evolving to accommodate Britt’s growth as a songwriter and revealing a band with the skills to be a long-term contender. They have been winning over the Holy City over the past several months and are poised to have the rest of the country follow suit.
- Columbia Free Times


"Music News"

power pop shaded with just enough psychedelics and immaculate harmonies - Creative Loafing (Charlotte,NC)


"The Band Plays w/ Symphony Orchestra"

“We listened to a cd featuring 3 of their tunes, and they were quite good." *C.S.O. later scored and performed these songs with Eric and Markus at the Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston
- Charleston Symphony Orchestra


"Feature Article"

Remember the band that took Athens,Ga. by storm a couple of years ago, recording a terrific CD and selling out clubs throughout the South? Singer Eric Britt has an uncanny, almost magical gift, injecting new blood and redirecting the new band’s musical vision.
- ESP Magazine (Greensboro, NC)


"Live Review"

The amazing thing about this band is they have been together less than a year, yet they play like they've been together forever. You gotta see the power behind these guys to believe it. - CHarleston Free Times


"Review of "The Face and the Shine""

The new cd "the face and the shine" is a well-rounded mix of everything you'd ever want in modern rock band - insightful lyricism, danceable grooves, a bit of grunge guitar, and some sweet production. - Triad Style (Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem)


Discography

LP's:
Hip - 1999
The Face and the Shine - 2002

Compilations-
"Lift" - on Morisen Records' Underground Radio:Volume High
"A Good Year" - Manifest's Collosal Music Crawl Sampler
"Razor" - Millenium Music Sampler

Tracks currently getting radio airplay:
"A Good Year"
"I'll Always Win"
"These Days"

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Bio

Hazel Virtue is an experimental and eclectic group when recording in the studio, yet we're an energetic and powerful act to see live on stage. We always have trouble pinning our sound down to one specific genre. Which we take pride in. At one sitting you can hear classic power-pop, way-out psychedelia, driving rock & roll, laid-back alt-country, and galloping rockabilly. And that's just during our first set. Eric Britt's voice is true & powerful (think if Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke had a bizarre lovechild), and the vocals you hear on our record can be reproduced in a live setting, which seems to be rare these days. Shannon Woods is the absolute best bass player I've seen, bar none. She makes jaws drop in the audience at sound check, and they remain on the floor until the final notes of the show. She's a monster to watch play live. Plus, every now & then she plays bass and keyboards at the same time, just like Geddy Lee, but different. Markus Kuhlmann plays drums and sings backup. He & Eric write the songs for Hazel Virtue. A power drummer who keeps himself in the pocket (and in tune w/ Shannon), he lets Hazel Virtue's songs do most of the talking. HV has really genuine songs played by dedicated musicians with driven attitudes towards performing music. It's their love, and they let that love shine through both on record and on stage. Their current release "The Face and the Shine", was recorded at David Lowery's (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) Sound of Music Studios (Counting Crows, etc.) in Richmond, Va. The record was produced by Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse).