Over the last few years, a sudden rush of bands drawing influences from the 90s noise rock sound and combining them with heavy, sludgy riffage has appeared. At worst, this blend has resulted in dulling down of both elements and at its best we have bands like HAAN. Formed in 2012, this NYC quartet can deliver a ton-of-bricks riff exactly when it's needed and kick you in the knees with quirky dissonance when you least expect it. Not only do they 'have the sound', HAAN's song writing skills set them apart even from more established bands.
"Sing Praises" was originally released as a cassette limited to a measly 100 copies and sold out immediately in 2014. It was released under the band's original name No Way, so the vinyl pressing of "Sing Praises" proudly presented by Kaos Kontrol marks the first official HAAN release and hopefully gains the band the recognition they deserve.
Being the band's debut release, people always need a bit of references for encouragement, but there's no shame in namedropping fellow NYC noise-ancestors Helmet and Unsane. That urban, riff-heavy sound mixes with the physical, red-lined abrasiveness of The Stooges and Swans, and even further with the dirgy, LSD-tinged psychedelia of Sonic Youth and Spacemen 3. At their most violent, HAAN also stand in the same angry mob as -(16)- or even Deadguy.
"Sing Praises" was recorded by Andrew Schneider (Pigs, Unsane, Pelican, Shrinebuilder) and mastered by Carl Saff (Young Widows, Helms Alee, OFF!, Kowloon Walled City, Big Business).
released October 14, 2016
Recorded March 2014 by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered April 2014 by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL
Artwork by Chuck Berrett
Black or transparent red vinyl in full colour sleeve with full colour lyrics insert. Limited edition of 350 copies (250 black / 100 red).
Riot Season know a thing or two about Noise Rock, so when they endorse this Greek outfit, you'd better sit up and take notice. This LP is all elasticated, lurching bass, sinewy percussion and buzzing, razorwire guitar, best illustrated on the frenzied 'Let Off Steam'. 'Weak' follows suit, with vocals barely audible over the sheer sonic malestrom conjured by the band. 'Dusk Latitudes' is another brutal onslaught, like going a round with Tyson. An uncompromising sound that could crack granite. Michael Henaghan