A Chat with Hyde Away (29.08.20)

Combining the sounds of Circa Waves, Two Door Cinema, The Kooks and Bombay Bicycle Club, Hyde Away is a very interesting alternative rock meets indie band. We had a chance to speak with duo Conor Andrews and Max Hunt about their debut single ‘In With The Sharks’, their creative process and scary dreams.

OSR: Of all the bands you have performed with, which was your favourite and why?

Hyde Away: We would have to say Butterfly. We met them when playing the same night at the Cambridge Junction and instantly hit it off talking about our favourite bands. They have just released an EP Ranger 1 and the tunes are infectious.

OSR: What is the backstory to ‘In With The Sharks’?

Hyde Away: ‘In With The Sharks’ was written in the wake of Brexit. The song tackles the anxieties of the future. As we were too young to vote our future was out of control. We took those feelings and channelled them into a song that slowly morphed into what is ‘In With The Sharks’.

OSR: How do you think Brexit has affected the music industry and what long-term effects will it have if any?

Hyde Away: I think it will be hard to say how Brexit affects the industry. As Brexit has taken a backseat to COVID-19 it is difficult to see where the industry is going. The main difference I can see is affecting touring throughout Europe for British artists, as well as European artists coming into the UK and the selling of merchandise in these foreign countries.

OSR: What do you hope people take from your music?

Hyde Away: To enjoy it, whether it be rolling down the windows and blasting the song as you drive down a motorway or listening to it through your headphones in your room. If it makes you happy, we are happy.

OSR: Describe your music in a single word.

Hyde Away: Naughty.

OSR: Hyde Away began as a quartet – how difficult was it to adapt to being a duo?

Hyde Away: Some parts were easier and some became more difficult. Making any decision became easier as there were fewer cooks in the kitchen. Writing music had its ups and downs. Suddenly, we had to write everything bit by bit switching instruments to write each part instead of jamming as a whole band, but this is also the time where we have written the most amount of music as a duo.

OSR: What is your creative process?

Hyde Away: Whenever we meet to rehearse we will show a riff, chorus or verse (usually on the guitar) that we have written between rehearsals and build from there. It’s mainly going back and forth on lead and chords, sometimes we will pick up a bass or focus lyrics to change it up. Once we have the foundations of our songs, they are recorded by Conor onto Logic and then we continue to change minor details as we play.

OSR: Can we expect more singles from Hyde Away?

Hyde Away: We currently have two other singles to be released over the next couple of months, so keep your eyes peeled on our socials.

OSR: What is the scariest dream you have ever had?

Hyde Away: Waking up and realising I wasn’t dreaming and was actually stuck in a band with Conor!

OSR: What made-up work would you incorporate into the English language if you could?

Hyde Away: It would 100% have to be ‘noice’. It’s a reference from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We use it all the time to describe new riffs and songs we come up with.

OSR: Do you have a message for our readers?

Hyde Away: Thank you for all the support on our recent single and we are looking forward to gigging again as soon as we are able to showcase our new tracks.

Thanks to Hyde Away for chatting with us! You can find more about the group on their Facebook, Instagram and Spotify.

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