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Hyde & Beast Are Calling All Trumpet-Playing Fans

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast are calling on their UK trumpet-playing fans to join them live on stage throughout their UK tour.

The duo are asking for any fans with a talent on the trumpet to come forward and have a go at performing Never Come Back live with the band.

To be in with a chance of winning, email hydeandbeast@hotmail.co.uk along with confirmation that you own a trumpet and can actually play it. If you’re successful, they will be in touch with more information.

Hyde & Beast are also releasing their latest single You Will Be Lonely on November 14. In celebration of this, they’ve released the video. Directed by Ian West, who was the mastermind behind the videos for (And The) PIctures In The Sky and Never Come Back.

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Hyde & Beast UK Tour

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast

The northern duo Hyde & Beast have released some details of their UK tour, starting this November.

The super duo will be joined by some familiar faces from the North East music scene making it into a six man line up while on tour.

Alongside the tour, Hyde & Beast are also due to release their single, You Will Be Lonely, on November 14 which is taken from their debut album, Slow Down, released in August.

Hyde & Beast will be playing the following dates:

6th Newcastle, Cluny
7th Sheffield, The Harley
8th Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
9th Edinburgh, The Electric Circus
10th Nottingham, Bodega
11th Liverpool, Contemporary Urban Centre
13th York, Fibbers
14th Bristol, Louisiana
16th London, Water Rats
17th Manchester, Deaf Institute
18th Stockton, The Georgian Theatre

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Hyde & Beast – Slow Down

Dynamic duo, Hyde & Beast, have gained a lot of attention since the understated release of their debut single And The Pictures In The Sky. With both members stemming from other bands, this project was never meant to gain momentum the way it has. Now they’ve steamed ahead and released their album, Slow Down, which is just as original and intriguing as their previous tracks.

Slow Down mixes their more upbeat numbers with blues, folk, country and ballad tracks. After And The Pictures In The Sky and Never Come Back, songs like Last Chance For A Slow Dance and If You Could Buy Me Anything come as a bit of a welcome change, introducing more solemn and fragile beats to their sound.

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Neil Bassett and Dave Hyde

Focusing mainly on blues influences, Hyde & Beast sound like they’ve walked out of the 1970s music chart, especially with tracks like All Because Of You with a chorus that rings in your ears with the classic rock style music accompanying it. Dave Hyde’s vocals and harmonies here sound very similar to Freddie Mercury’s style of singing in the way he holds the notes.

Track four, You Will Be Lonely, has to be one of my favourites. It combines country, acoustic and blues into a sweet sounding, upbeat number (if you ignore the repeated lyrics of the chorus ‘You Will Be Lonely’). The harmonies however sound like they have been done by one of the BeeGees which could be disastrous but instead sound fantastic with the quirky country-based music.

Slow Down has so many different influences running through it. Wolfman Blues is a solid blues track but it’s not totally what you expect. It has been strangely distorted leading it to become quite disorientating. It sticks to its blues roots in the usual way. It’s an instrumental track which breaks the album up but in places it does sort of sound like some children have been let loose in the studio to play with all the equipment…

Lord, Send For Me however is the archetypal blues and country influenced track. It is yet another song that sounds like it’s from another era. This sound is rather unusual in today’s music scene but Hyde & Beast seem to be bringing back what once made good music. With strong folk influences, this has to be another of my favourites. The combination of the melodies and harmonies are perfect.

Towards the end of the album, it seems to calm down and become even more relaxing (if that’s possible). Everything gradually grinds to a halt. Go To Sleep is a lovely acoustic track taking everything away from the heavy bass, drum beats and electric guitar tricks found in the other songs. This strips the band back to basics as does Louis’ Lullaby (another instrumental with a few oohs and aahs in the background). Putting these at end of album helps bring it all to a close.

Hyde & Beast have produced a great album. It’s experimental, it’s intriguing and it’s most definitely worth a listen.

Slow Down is available to buy now.

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Hyde & Beast – Behind the Scenes Video

Just a little video I thought I’d post…Behind the Scenes footage of Hyde & Beast’s newest video and single, Never Come Back.

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Hyde & Beast – Never Come Back

So the blues inspired duo, Hyde & Beast, have released a new video for their latest (and first official) single, Never Come Back.

Not only this, they’ve announced that their debut album, Slow Down, will be released on August 15 on their own record label, Tail Feather Records.

Hyde & Beast

Hyde & Beast

Never Come Back is, as much as I hate to say it, even better than And The Pictures In The Sky. It has more musical accompaniment to it with the added extra of a trumpet during the chorus.

Once again, Dave Hyde’s vocals are outstanding with him easily sending shivers running down your spine. His lack of try hard to sound good just gives his voice such a relaxing and accessible sound. Usually, he’s found behind a drum kit but I definitely think he should be the one standing tall with a mic in his hand.

Never Come Back shows the more playful side of the band with upbeat music and extremely catchy lyrics. You are guaranteed to be singing the chorus for days, especially with the break and re-introduction of the chorus at the end of the track. Another element that is bound to get you talking about this song.

Hyde & Beast are a duo not to be missed. Who’d have thought that something that was supposed to be a few mates mucking around in a studio would turn into such a well produced, interesting band? Not me but I’m sure glad it did.

Never Come Back is out August 8.

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Hyde & Beast Acoustic Session

Hyde & Beast have recently released their debut single, (And The) Pictures In The Sky but I think I’ve found something that makes this song even better and that is hearing it in an acoustic session.

The duo have done an acoustic session and interview for Amazing Sessions. (And The) Pictures In The Sky is a great song that has everything, it’s upbeat, has a good rhythm and interesting sounds and elements.

But putting this track into an acoustic session with a full band pads it out to its maximum. Hearing it performed live brings a new energy to the song, an energy that it truely deserves. There’s something intriguing about Dave Hyde’s vocals when performed live, it seems to come so easy to him to sing in such a relaxed yet perfect way. An acoustic session does this song an immense amount of justice and is definitely one to watch.

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