Sofasonic Playlist: Haress

Throughout the year, as part of our extended Sofasonic Festival celebrations, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure!

 

Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine | Sofa King | Ben Sadler | Rosie Tee | Elle Donlon | Natalie Sharp | Matters | Bunny Bissoux | impaTV | Bryn Perrott |

 

From deep in the Shropshire Hills, we asked the hypnotic guitar-duo Haress to form this week’s playlist. Whether it’s on the Supersonic stage, or designing Supersonic artwork – David Hand and Elizabeth Still are no strangers to Capsule collaborations. 

 

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 Sineater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset. Intertwining 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. They are frequently joined by collaborators David Smyth (Kling Klang, Mind Mountain), guitar and Echoplex from Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza, Grey Hairs, Hey Colossus), vocals from Thomas House (Sweet Williams, Charlottefield)

 

“fave Supersonic memories?

Daniel Higgs at the last two Supersonics – his solos shows were amazing! Rambling stories with musical interludes. We also love the perpetual experimental output of Woven Skull, inspiring and sustaining – this band is great, they played a few blinding sets at Supersonic.
Also happy memories of Liz playing Banjo with Nathan on a track when he opened Supersonic 10 years ago. He’s collaborated with Chris as well in Kogumaza. He plays trumpet on the latest Haress LP – watch this space!
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Take a listen here…

 

 

“In January 2020, DaveLiz and Chris recorded the 2nd Haress LP in a haunted water mill in Wales.
In February our van got flooded up to its roof in a car park in Shrewsbury and made the front cover of the tabloids.
Then the Covid hit, cancelling some great shows and festivals we were meant to play.
During lockdown we have been working on the record, Tom has been adding vocals from Spain.
We recorded a new track ‘Dancers Green’ for a Weirdshire benefit comp.
We also had the joy of working out and butchering a Black sabbath classic for Sofasonic filmed from home”
– a 2020 update from Haress

 

 

We are delighted to announce that we’ve commissioned jeweller Alan Cheeseman to cast in pewter the beautiful flying dachshund design of Haress’s David Hand – the mascot of our We Will Rise Again merch range, that encapsulates our Supersonic stance on this turbulent year in history.

GET YOURS HERE

Gorgeous and very limited-edition run of 50, this brooch will be posted out in early December – so get yours while you can!

In the lead up to, dare we say it… Christmas… they’ll make a perfect festive gift or a beautiful treat to yourself! By purchasing, you’ll also be supporting all things Supersonic, so we can continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, supporting artists and our freelance workers.

In addition we will donate 25% of each purchase to our local foodbank. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Our foodbank is supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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