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"Snow Patrol, Elbow and The Hazey Janes - Meadowbank Stadium"

The last time Snow Patrol and The Hazey Janes played together was in front of 50 people at a Dundee pub, but the Janes are on the rise with country-tinged pop - from their debut album Hotel Radio - akin to Big Star or a tougher Magic Numbers. Their gorgeous three-part harmonies and tingling slide guitars might even give country-pop revivalism a good name. The perfect coda to the Festival's fade-out. - The Independent


"New York single - May 08"

The Dundee quartet release this as a taster for their second album. Not as country-influenced as some previous material and there's more of an indie-pop tinge with a catchy chorus.
It's radio friendly with a summery glow that's perfect for festivals. - Sunday Mail - biggest selling Sunday newspaper, Scotland


"New York single - May 08"

New York, from Dundee’s The Hazey Janes, is the lead single from their upcoming second album, Hands Around The City. The pop-rock track is well performed and produced and, at just over two minutes long, whizzes by making you want to play it again - STV (main Scottish commercial TV station)


"SXSW 06"

Thank god for THE HAZEY JANES. They played the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s and it was packed. Immediately after they started playing the rooftop started to shake and I actually thought it might cave in, because there were so many people there, so I moved further away from the band to a more stable place near a railing I could grab onto if the floor collapsed. The Scottish foursome sang close harmonies extremely well, especially considering there was no soundcheck. Their brand of pop won over the large crowd and they were one of the bands that impressed me most. - The Big Takeover


"SXSW 07"

High point: You name it. Guitarist Andrew Mitchell and guitarist/mini-keyboardist Alice Marra both brandish wonderful voices, and their harmonies are superb. The rhythm section is melodic as well as super-tight. The stellar material ranges from pure Big Star style power pop to vintage California country and pop to outright rockers full of curveballs. Never a dull moment. - The Austin Statesman


"Hotel Radio"

For a band names after a Nick Drake song, The Hazey Janes' debut shares little of the late folkie's medicated introspection. What they do instead is mix Teenage Fanclub country pop with an occasional burst of Ash-like power punk. With four songwriters and three vocalists the Fanclub comparisons continue, alongside a hint of The Magic Numbers. Their nearest musical neighbours, however, are The Jayhawks, proof that dreary Scottish high-rises are no hindrance to wide-open country rock. - Q Magazine


"Hotel Radio"

There's nothing catatonic about Dundee quarter The Hazey Janes who exhale with assurance on their full-length debut. What could have been a confusing mix of alt country and grunge has its own identity, courtesy of the band's heightened sense of melody and their penchant for jingle-jangle guitars. The opening Always There cruises between REM, The Byrds and The Beatles, awash in glistening three-part harmonies and a perfect George Harrison guitar solo, while the next track, Toulouse, crackles with energy as the guitars crank out a wall of sound that Phil Spector would envy were he not otherwise diverted. - Classic Rock


Discography

The Hazey Janes EP - October 2005
Your enemy single - Jan 2006
Hotel radio album - Feb 2006
Always there single - may 2006
Fire in the sky single - october 2006
New york single - may 2008

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Current plans:
New album ‘Hands around the city’ due for release in spring 2009 through Minty Fresh in North America and Roseangle Records in the UK. Recorded in New York with John Agnello (The Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jnr, The Kills, Walkmen, Sonic Youth), mastered at Sterling Sound.

The first single ‘New York’ was released in the UK in May 08 and became the band's third consecutive entry in the UK indie top 20 chart.

UK media response for first album Hotel Radio (released Feb 2006):
4/5 reviews in Q, Mojo, Uncut, Classic Rock and Word (also on covermount) and coverage in regional press across the country

Album on top20 6music chart and evening playlists on XFM (Scotland and Manchester) on all singles

Plays on various 6music and Radio 2 shows, sessions on Radio 1 Scotland, Radio 2 and Radio 4, XFM, BBC Scotland and other regional BBC and commercial stations across the country

Hotel Radio tours:
Have toured extensively (3 UK tours in 2006)
Have supported and toured with Snow Patrol, Brakes, Electric Soft Parade, Aberfeldy, Idlewild
SXSW 06 and 07, shows in New York

Acclaim for The Hazey Janes/Hotel Radio:

Another great band from Scotland’s pop explosion. Fans and US labels should definitely inquire.” The Big Takeover (US)

“…a debut of fizzing power pop… they pack a considerably robust punch.” Uncut

“There’s nothing catatonic about The Hazey Janes who exhale with assurance on their full length debut. The opening ‘Always There’ cruises between REM, The Byrds and The Beatles, awash in glistening three-part harmonies and a perfect George Harrison guitar solo…” Classic Rock

“A life-affirming debut…The Hazey Janes may just be the best haggis-powered country rockers yet.” Mojo

“…Teenage Fanclub country pop with an occasional burst of Ash-like power punk. Their nearest musical neighbours are The Jayhawks, proof that dreary Scottish high rises are no hindrance to wide-open country rock.” Q 4/5