Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Tame Impala, The Verve, Primal Scream


band members

Douglas Hind Leigh Baines Jet O’Rourke


Influences

Ride, The Stone Roses, Neil Young and Crazy Horse


Bio

"This band are a fantastic mixture of styles – psychedelic and crashing rock and roll and they have some fascinating influences." - Chris Potter, producer (The Verve, Blur, Elbow)

"Impressive stuff and a real Brit Pop tinge... a cracking debut single." - Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London Music.

In Hinduism, the universe is believed to regenerate in cycles. It is Shiva who destroys the universe following each cycle to allow for a new creation. After what feels like an eternity of tyranny, the time for hope has come, and the creation of a new dawn shall be at the hands of Shiva and his disciples, collectively known as Shiva and the Hazards. There is no telling how long this will take - but it has begun.

In the physical world, Shiva and the Hazards were formed in Melbourne Australia earlier this decade by Douglas Hind and Leigh Baines. The following year the pair relocated to the U.K.; the land of their previous colonial occupiers, full of ambition and naivety. While abroad the band recorded their debut single, “East India Empress” with renowned producer Chris Potter, whose name can be found on the sleeve notes of records such as The Verve’s Urban Hymns; perhaps one of the best to be released by this civilisation prior to the coming of the darkness. Subsequently the band performed on London’s live music circuit, in addition to headline shows in the city of Manchester, and festival appearances at ‘Camden Rocks’ and ‘Trip Out’ festivals.

Following their return to Melbourne, Shiva and the Hazards are planning to finish what they started. The band are now joined by Baines’ former collaborator, singer- songwriter and guitarist Jet O’Rourke (The Gear), to propel the release of their first collection of music aptly titled ‘Future Cult Classics’. The EP includes “East India Empress”, as well as tracked produced and mixed by Mark Gardener of seminal shoegaze group Ride, who incidentally have also recently made their musical return; perhaps as part of some unspoken alliance.

Mixing vintage psychedelic rock and roll sounds from previous golden ages, with a fresh approach to soundtrack the new coming of the dawn, Shiva and the Hazards are offering its audiences the chance to join them in the destruction of this old and tired universe, and the creation of a new and better one.

The single ‘East India Empress’ is released March 16th, followed by the debut EP ‘Future Cult Classics’ April 6th.

Instagram - @shivaandtheazards
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Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

19 Mar 2018

Triple J
40

It's ambitious, mesmerising, and full of noise. Love that total shift in pace at 1:18 mins and at about 3 mins in. Bands like The Verve & DMA's seep through this.

It's ambitious, mesmerising, and full of noise. Love that total shift in pace at 1:18 mins and at about 3 mins in. Bands like The Verve & DMA's seep through this.

Review

Review of East India Empress [Radio Edit] by Shiva and the Hazards moosedog6

16 Oct 2018

50

Review

Review by SF23k SF23k

08 Aug 2018

40

awesome track, a brit sound running through it, it reminds me of a number of sounds but nothing i can put my finger on and maybe a little of oasis, great tempo changes, and this song saturates me in warm psychedelix which is good

awesome track, a brit sound running through it, it reminds me of a number of sounds but nothing i can put my finger on and maybe a little of oasis, great tempo changes, and this song saturates me in warm psychedelix which is good