Hyde and Beast return with new EP ‘Hard Times Good Times’ on 24thJuly on Tail Feather Records via Caroline International.
Hyde and Beast released their second studio album ‘Keep Moving’ last August to critical acclaim. The album was ‘Album of the Day’ on 6Music, and the title track was ‘Single of the Week’ on Shaun Keaveny’s breakfast show. It was also b-listed at Amazing Radio. Other support came from XFM’s John Kennedy and 6Music’s Marc Riley, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft.
This summer they return with ‘Hard Times Good Times’, an EP full of their typically infectious melodies that hark back to late 60’s / early 70’s classic pop and that has been compared to The Beatles and T-Rex. Speaking from their seaside hideaway, the band says, “Lookie here, we are dead happy to announce that our new EP is on its way. We recorded and mixed it ourselves and we are pretty chuffed with her (it is a her. That much has been confirmed). Hope you enjoy it. There’s flamingoes on the cover. x”
Hyde and Beast are Dave Hyde (The Futureheads) and Neil Bassett (The Golden Virgins). The ‘Hard Times Good Times’ release is supported by a summer full of festival dates. Details below.
1. Hard Times Good Times
2. Everything You Want
3. Never Get To Heaven
4. Get Up
18th July Summer Streets Festival Sunderland
24th July Ambition Festival Croydon
25th July Simon Says Festival Leicester
31st July Kendal Calling Festival Kendal
14th August Cluny Newcastle
15th August Sebright Arms London
Press for last year’s ‘Keep Moving’ album:
‘A brilliant mix of pre-Wings-era oddball genius Macca-isms, the post-hippy blues of Tyrannosaurus Rex and some super-sticky ’70s-scented gritty glitter pop’ – 4/5Q Magazine
‘The main influences on Keep Moving are early Seventies… the lovely “Open Your Heart” has a bad finger-esque flavour… It’s impressively designed, and performed with diverse instrumental smarts.’ – 4/5 The Independent
‘an abiding love of T.Rex and a sneaking love for some of the more ephemeral hits of the day play a part in shaping the duo’s politely psychedelic pop.’– Sunday Times
‘a set of rootsy late-‘60s/early-70s classic pop that bears comparison with some hefty names… ‘Keep Moving’ wears its love of late-period Beatles on its sleeve, and there are echoes too of T Rex in ‘Blue’’s airy boogie.’ – NME
‘an assuming and endearingly intimate, psychedelic/chamber-pop gem…’– 4/5 – Metro
‘The sun-dappled blasts of brass and piao riffs…makes the likes of ‘Blue’ and‘Open Your Heart’ bona fide pop monsters, the kind you blast out of rolled down car windows as you head down the seafront in the middle of July without a care in the world.’ – 8/10 – Drowned In Sound