25th May | The Louisiana

She’s based in America, she’s Australian and her name’s English. Got that? Of even greater geographical significance is that Hazel English makes her Bristol debut on Thursday 25th May at the Louisiana.

Through a synth haze and ethereal guitars, you’ll hear punchy, bittersweet lyrics, her music reflecting the strange paradox of how we can frequently feel joy and despair simultaneously. Sonically it may be dream pop, but verbally it can slap you hard with life’s inevitable vexations.

She’s been releasing music since 2015. In that time, she has gathered a sizeable online following, prior to being signed, and she’s toured with Ride. Not bad for a kick off, eh? If you’re a fan of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, you’ll see why Hazel is frequently compared to the shoegazing New Yorkers.

Expect songs from her recent double EP Just Give In/Never Going Home, on Marathon Records, which touch upon topics such as her move from Australia to the US, (“Never Going Home”), self-contradictory thoughts (“Make It Better”) and how we try to suppress anxiety and depression (“I’m Fine”). They are honest, confessional and vulnerable.

Hazel’s take on her own sound is that it is “transportive; it makes you feel like you’re in a different place.” If that alternative-reality experience is something you’re intent on buying into, get eight quid together and get yourself to the Louisiana.

Grab your tickets here. Listen to ‘That Thing’ below.