STRANGE HAZE (formerly Whooping Crane)
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STRANGE HAZE (formerly Whooping Crane)

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Blues


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"Formerly Whooping Crane, Now Strange Haze, Same Great Album"

“...the Brooklyn rockers’ stoner shtick works as well as it does because they’re such excellent musicians. Everybody knows that you have to have chops to play metal really well, but these guys don’t just know their early 70s stoner music, they know soul, and Stones, and Sabbath, and Skynyrd... That’s what Strange Haze sound like.” - Lucid Culture

"Riffin' For Rent MCD"

“ amazing power trio which deliver finest classic rock of the highest caliber. Their first self-released EP ‘Riffin’ For Rent’ sounds fresh and vibrant and it is a mystery why no record label has signed this band. If you don’t feel this groove then you’re probably dead.” - Cosmic Lava

"On the Radar"

“... guitar-led boogie rock of the highest order... an unpretentious niche of psych rock that’s been begging for further exploration.” - The Obelisk

"New Band To Burn One To"

“Their EP, Riffin’ for Rent has been in constant rotation for me since I got it back in 2009. This is a band that has it together and is ready for great things. I don’t say that about a lot of bands but these guys do.”
- Heavy Planet

"Whooping Crane - Riffin' for Rent"

Awesome Heavy Psychedelic/Experimental Rock from Brooklyn! Highly recommended! - Captain Beyond Zen

"Mini EP Review – Grand Massive, Jex Thorh, Ride The Sun, Sea of Air, Whooping Crane"

The last and personally one of my favorites the past year and a half since I’ve owned the EP is Whooping Crane’s self titled EP. Imagine Jimi Henrix was still alive making music today. Mix in a little Joe Walsh (thanks Woody!), James Brown, a bit of Black Sabbath and some acid blues and you get some of the finest music on any side of any ocean, lake or river you want to name. The EP is fast, psychedelic, groovy and the mix is perfect. the backing vocals compliment the music on “She’s a Knockout” and “One Hit Sally.” The guitar is top notch and mesmerizing on tracks “Voomp!”, “Tomm Tapp” and the closing track, “Straight Dope,” This awesome 6 track EP is available through one of the band members Ebay account or at one of their shows. - The Soda Shop

"Field Report - Stone Axe and Sun Gods in Exile Invade Brooklyn"

Brooklyn locals Whooping Crane opened the show. If you couldn’t afford the James Gang reunion shows a few years ago, Whooping Crane is the next best thing you can get. A true power trio, these guys are dedicated to the mid tempo boogie. With his stylish neckerchief and aviator shades guitarist Michael Lo presents himself as Lowell George playing through Johnny Winter’s white Gibson Firebird. The rhythm section of bassist Keith Avenue and drummer Bushwick Ronnie Seward groove like the Groundhogs and the Band of Gypsies. They played all the songs off their great EP and a few new ones. “Straight Dope” was the finale of their set and my personal favorite... These guys are young and slender enough to fool some of the indie rock kids but good enough to maybe wake a few of them up to good music. - The Ripple Effect



Look for us on The Soda Shop's first ever compilation album, released February 22nd, 2011:


Radio airplay:
Strange Haze's (formerly Whooping Crane) 6-song EP, Riffin' For Rent, is now available and receiving airplay on various radio stations such as WFMU, WKDU in Philadelphia... even in North Dakota (where it has remained a staple of the "Psychedelic Velveeta" show).

Tracks streaming/ radio:
She's a Knockout
Tomm Tapp
Hang Loose
One Hit Sally
Straight Dope



Genre: Heavy Psych-Boogie Rock-Silver Sparkled Flute Salad
Origin: Comin' outta Brooklyn like the devil's appendix...
Seven Song EP Download:
Press contact:

Formerly known as Whooping Crane, STRANGE HAZE is a Brooklyn quartet that has been whooping up a raucous racket of riff rock since 2008 and boasts an impressive resumé; Guitarist/vocalist Michael "Big Sir the Conductor" Lo has recorded and/or toured with artists from The Phenomenal Handclap Band to Latin soul legend Joe Bataan to garage and punk luminaries such as Richard Lloyd and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, while percussionist/flute player/guitarist Dave “the Handler” Scott is an alumni of rapper Guru’s live and recording unit. Along with drummer Bushwick Ronnie Seward and bassist Doug Mayer, they combine heavy blues-based guitar tones, funky rhythms and a good dose of hypnotic psychedelic flourishes, topped off with simple-but-anthemic choruses and an overall jivey, blissed-out, good-time spirit. The band is often joined onstage and in the studio by vocalist Kathleen Cholewka (of Discovery, Les Sans Culottes and Madam Robot & the Lust Brigade) and blues harp player Brian Hurd (of The Electric Shadows and Daddy Long Legs). Strange Haze's 6-song EP, Riffin' For Rent, is now available and receiving airplay on various radio stations such as WFMU, WKDU in Philadelphia... even in North Dakota (where it has remained a staple of the "Psychedelic Velveeta" show).

The group has just completed the recording and mixing of two tracks, “Let Me Hear the Dropping Pin” and “Test Driver,” both most requested favorites from our live set. We consider this to be our heaviest, most aggressive offering yet, as well as our most experimental, and we’re looking forward to unleashing this KNOCKOUT one-two punch tout suite in the form of a VINYL 45, coming April 2011.

Groundhogs, the Meters, Can, James Brown, ZZ Top, Spirit Caravan, Humble Pie, Nebula, Coltrane, James Gang, Amon Duul II, Ultimate Breaks & Beats comps, Band of Gypsys, Stax, Rocket from the Crypt, Freddie King, Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery...

Band interests:
Kicks and chicks
"the funk"
jazz chords
open drum breaks