Hella Cholla
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Apr
24
Hella Cholla @ Camden Crawl @ Camden Rock Cafe

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Apr
23
Hella Cholla @ Dingwalls (The Lockout)

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Apr
15
Hella Cholla @ The Portland Arms

Cambridge, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Cambridge, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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...And lastly Hella Cholla are put through their paces. Yet another highly idiosyncratic entry in the competition, it's soul infused pop we are treated with here. Frontwoman Hannah Yadi is another skilled vocalist, although greatly contrasting to Rodgers, with some powerful and soulful pipes to her name. The band are extremely tight and together; Will Betts, Yadi's creative ally, contributes some great punchy acoustic guitar chordal work as well as occasional vocals which compliment Yadi's style, and bassist and drummer/cajón player are also remarkably strong instrumentalists. What is most important, though, is that Hella Cholla make unashamed fun, spirited music and their sparkle is absolutely infectious. Combining a sense of humour with more serious topics is a great feat and, as the lyrical content to "Apostrophe" - which is less a song about punctuation, more a droll extended metaphor - shows, Hella Cholla do it so well. Musically, they have much the same ethic: instrumental intelligence mixed with pure pop goodness. A very nice balance.

-Kate Zezulka - LeedsMusicScene.net


...They are, at the core, a duo act of lively Hannah Yadi on vocals and stoic Will Betts on acoustic guitar although tonight they are supplemented by a bass and simple drum beat. Hannah’s voice fills the bar easily with its strength and sharpness striking the ears of the audience seated around the tea-lit tables in front of the stage or stood, pints in hand, around the columns of the room. Her voice has a tone reminiscent of a southern or even antipodean origin and it ensures the lyrics are sung with clarity and your attention is hers.

The backdrop is a red curtain that forms three sides to the stage and there is a brass bar along the stage front to keep any potential moshing at bay – not that is required tonight as the tables and tea lights create quite an elegant, cabaret ambiance to the room. Hannah certainly captivates and is a little firecracker as she constantly bops about the small stage utilising the microphone prop to its full advantage. Her expressive face eagerly illustrates the songs (co-written with Will) with the passion and energy of a childrens’ television presenter. If this is the result of sugar and E-numbers in Bourbon biscuits prior to taking to the stage, more acts should have Bourbon biscuits mandated on their riders!

Confident as Hannah is when singing, the shy chat to the audience between songs (promoting the hospitality Bourbons and the e-mail sign up) and her nervous impatience as Will re-tunes his guitar endears her to us whereas the strength of her voice and animated show may have left the impression of overbearing brashness.

Just as we are really getting into the swing and toe-tappingness of their Mediterranean flavoured upbeat rhythms, we are informed that the next song, Dance Like Ordinary People, will be their last. We are told it was the first song they co-wrote together and the performance of it is alive with the joy of familiarity and quirkiness that the song holds for both Hannah and Will, who supplies some vocal harmony. The song describes a shy girl with an alarmingly unique dance style “you don’t just dance like ordinary people, neither do i...” – personally, I’d check for Bourbon biscuit consumption – and it makes for a rousing, warm end to their set.

- Ria Wilkinson - dalliance.co.uk


Discography

'You're The Kind of Guy' - released 28th January 08
Airplay on BBC6, BBC Cambridgeshire and deltaradio in Germany.

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Bio

Hella Cholla is the songwriting of Hannah Yadi and Will Betts.

Her influences: Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder

His influences: Seu Jorge, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Beastie Boys

Both talented wordsmiths they combine natural storytelling with brilliant musicianship and lyrical craftsmanship.

Hannah Yadi is an almighty force both onstage and off. Her effortless stage presence, unrelenting energy and outrageous beauty captivates audiences every time.

Enhanced by the unkempt charm of the wonderful Mr Betts.
the nuts…to her bolts  - the production wizard and guitar maestro that drives Hella Cholla to new uncharted heights.

‘Hella Cholla make unashamed fun, spirited music and their sparkle is absolutely infectious. Combining a sense of humour with more serious topics is a great feat…Hella Cholla do it so well. Musically, they have much the same ethic: instrumental intelligence mixed with pure pop goodness…A very nice balance’
-Kate Zezulka - Leeds Music Scene