Originating from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, four school mates comprising The Hazy Seas bonded over an appreciation for ‘80’s new wave, dance punk and New York’s garage rock revival of the 2000s. After relocating to Chicago band members Alec, Jack, Jacob and Tim set about recording their debut self-titled album in a coach-house living room using only a cassette tape recorder. The result was the Hazy Seas’ debut album released on January 10th and spearheaded by leadoff single “Marquis BBQ“. Their analog ethos gives their recordings a low fidelity vibe similar to classic Guided By Voices but with a more washed out lead vocal closer aligned with shoegaze and a focus more on melody than any discernible lyrics. Bass and drums form a bouncy upbeat rhythm under catchy angular guitar hooks and fleshed out touches of synthesizer. “Marquis BBQ” also contains more than a hint of twee pop and The Cure to be found all crammed into a brisk two minutes and three seconds. If you don’t mind tunes without the best production quality or you just appreciate that DIY spirit in bands, then the Hazy Seas are sure that to hit the right stylistic notes for fans of jangle and dreampop.
You can find The Hazy Seas touring the Midwest and their hometown of Chicago this spring.