sexta-feira, 2 de agosto de 2013

The Hics - New Faces

The Hics - New Faces

South London six-piece The Hics deliver a mellow electronic sound which packs a punch live, writes Alice Vincent.

South London six piece The Hics

South London six piece The Hics 

Who are they?

A six-piece from South London who craft blissed-out electronic soul, The Hics were only a few months old when BBC DJ Gilles Peterson stumbled across their music online and included the track Lines on a compilation. Earlier this year, the band were runners up in the Best Breakthrough Act category at Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

How did they get here?

Frontman Sam Paul Evans, 19, met fellow vocalist Roxanne Dayette (21), drummer Jacob Welsh (21) and guitarist Geordan Reid-Campbell (21) on a music course at Pimlico School. The Hics were formed as a two piece electronic indie band between Evans and Welsh, named after Hickory – the wood which drumsticks are made from – before Matt Knox (24) joined on bass. Feeling something was missing, they called on their old schoolmates and began writing songs as a five piece – which is when “the momentum started kicking in,” according to Evans. They met their sixth member, 17-year-old David Turay through the jazz scene.

What do they sound like?
A measured mix of lo-fi dance beats, vocal harmonies and the occasional funky guitar lick. The Hics basic sound is similar to that of art-rock trio The xx, but their thoughtful lyrics and complex melodies echo those of neo-soul star Frank Ocean, while some songs evoke the old school hip-hop of A Tribe Called Quest. “At the moment we’re saying electronic soul, but it does push and pull in different directions,” says Evans. “We’re very indie at times, very hip-hop at others.”

Who are their influences?
“Little Dragon have been a massive influence for all of us from the start,” Evans admits. “They’re an electronic band who can nail it in a live show, and the musicianship between them as a band is what we try to achieve”. The band also cite inspiration from artists as wide-ranging as Thom Yorke and his latest outfit Atoms For Peace, post-dubstep pioneer James Blake, late-Nineties soul maestro D’Angelo and pianist Robert Glasper.

What’s next?
The Hics’s debut EP, Tangle, is out in mid-August, shortly after they play their first headline gig. “Everything we record will be translated to the live set,” Evans says. “We don’t want to lose any energy or be a band who makes tracks but doesn’t deliver them live.”



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