The latest single “Love No More” returns Claude to a rootsier place and intertwines bluesy slide guitar riffs, catchy call-response melodies and reggae grooves, all while relating the sorry tale of helping a friend struggle through that terrible love disease called divorce.
Since Hay’s last solo album “I Love Hate You” (2012) he has toured Europe 6 times including playing at some of the biggest blues based festivals in Netherlands and Belgium; branched out with his hard-rock side project “The Gentle Enemies”, produced a live DVD of the One Man Band show and disco’d it up (with an afro wig) at new years eve this year with a drummer for the first time.
Love No More is taken from Hay’s fourth solo album - due for release in late 2016.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, award
winning Australian solo artist Claude Hay blends slide
guitar, bass and drums to create music that invokes
the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and
booty-shaking funk, all delivered with chops to
burn and a vocal range to match. As winner of
Best Live Act at the Australian Music Independent
Awards (2013), Claude is perhaps the world’s
ultimate Do-It- Yourself musician - forging his live
sound on the back of looping technology which
allows him to create a band vibe without the band.
This approach has seen this fiercely independent artist build an
audience for his music globally with the release of
three award-winning home-made albums. Taking DIY
a step further than most, Claude has built all his own
equipment: there’s ‘Betty’, his double-necked guitar
which he made out of a kitchen bench top; there’s
‘Stella’, his new ‘Cigar Box’ guitar which started its life
as a six dollar baking tin. He’s also built his own dome
house and studio from the ground up, and pimped out
his tour van with a shower and bar (a great move when
you consider how much time he spends on the road).
‘I Love Hate You’ is Claude Hay’s third album
which saw him win Male Vocalist of the year (2012) in
the Australia Blues Music (Chain) Awards. Initial takes
were at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studios to kick off the
process and the remaining bulk of the recording and
engineering done at Hay’s home built ‘Vader’ Studios
(a huge back-lit Darth Vader mask overseeing production).
The album continues Claude’s move away from
traditional blues and back to his love of rock - both
alternative and hard - with his childhood love of 80’s
cock rock starting to show its influence. The signature
slide is still there, along with the four-on-the-floor
rhythms and gut-bucket sensibility, but new to the mix
on album number three is an increased focus on guitar
riffage along with a more refined approach to songwriting
I Love Hate You sees Claude in a rare collaborative mood,
with the input of other musicians on a number of tracks,
most notably the rhythm section of Sydney band Chase The
Sun. Mastering is courtesy of the great William Bowden (who
mastered Gotye’s last album amongst thousands of others in
his prestigious career).
‘I Love Hate You’ is a concept album - dealing with the things
Claude loves, hates and loves to hate. From loved ones, great
gigs, motor vehicles and treacherous trans-continental bus
rides in the USA, bad customer service and indifferent radio
‘I Love Hate You’ follows up 2010’s ‘Deep Fried Satisfied’, a
very successful album for the indie artist that allowed him to
get a foot in the door overseas. While promoting the launch
of the album in the US, Claude performed live on the National
Public Radio Network (which boasts a weekly listenership of
about 27 million) and ‘Deep Fried Satisfied’ promptly shot to
number nine on the US Billboard Blues charts in response.
The album went on to rank number five on Amazon’s top ten
Blues albums of 2010, with track ‘Miss You So’ polling third
in the Best Blues Song of the Year category.
Claude’s affection for New York-style pizza was the inspiration
for the album’s lead track ‘Get Me Some’ which won
the Australian Blues Music (Chain) Award for ‘Best Song
of 2011’. A track about the aggravation caused by faulty
printers, ‘How Can You Live With Yourself’, hit number one
on Triple J radio’s Unearthed chart around the same time.
‘Kiss The Sky’ (2007) is the debut lo-fi masterpiece which
started the story for Claude Hay’s solo career and still sells
like hotcakes whenever Claude Hay performs at festivals and
venues around the world.