Haress: Rural Sensibilities

HARESS consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still, based in Bishops Castle in the Shropshire Hills where they also organise the amazing Sin-eater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset. David is also our incredible visual artist and graphic designer for Supersonic – making us look Superfly.

Hand and Still intertwine dark and repetitive guitar figures in order to create a hypnotic, mantra-like state. Their intuitive playing works on a kind of telepathy until it’s impossible for the onlooker to work out which player is responsible for which sound and they must choose to absorb it as a whole. The resulting music is reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s “Paris, Texas” soundtrack, latter-day Earth, Papa M or even the repetition of Sahara blues but filtered through a warm, rural sensibility.

Haress are frequently joined by collaborators and recent live performances have expanded the 2 piece to also include Pete Simonelli (Enablers) on vocals and Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza) on guitar. A recording made with Nathan Bell (Lungfish, Human Bell) is also in the release pipeline. 

Be sure to catch this beguiling duo at Supersonic 2017!