About The Haiku
Biography and Contact details on pdf
Hailing from the heart of the west country, The Haiku are a modern folk-rock three piece with a strong ear for melodic pop hooks and heartfelt, meaningful lyrics. Their inventive arrangements can leave you heartbroken one minute and have you bouncing around with a grin on your face the next.
- Phil and Bert form The Haiku and start to play anywhere and everywhere. In October they complete a self financed 8 date tour.
- The band tour the "Not Enough People Are Wearing Hats" EP extensively, and start writing and recording their debut album.
- First full length album, Fan The Flames" is released and gains favourable reviews across the internet
- Phil and Bert head to 360 studios, London to record another EP with producer Fraser Smith (Formerly of Shed Seven). Later that year a meeting with a well respected industry insider, convinces the band that the traditional record company route is not for them. They start to become their own label.
- With their independent status now proudly shining, the band decide to record their second album themselves, and the result is "Life After The Bomb" which receives excellent reviews from the national press:
It's a shame this CD comes in such a stark black and white sleeve, because the music it contains is so much richer and more colourful than the cover suggests. The Haiku are a DIY folk-rock duo from Wiltshire comprising acoustic guitar, vocal and drums. Life After The Bomb is their second full-length album with 11 tracks that veer seemlessly from Levellers-style folk-punk to singalong indie rock. For a two-piece, they make a big, energetic sound. The songs compliment each other musicall and thematically. Highlights of the collection include thge infectiously catchy 'Time', the martial drumming on the title track and the song 'Descent', which is probably one of the best songs REM never wrote.
Approaching acoustic Music from a rock direction doesn't always augur well for the results can often be overly earnest, allowing bluster to destroy potential subtlety. Bristol-based duo The Haiku avoid the aforementioned pitfall, instead using a far more thoughtful acoustic format to awaken the spirit of Wire (at their most basic and appealing), and the experimental psychedelic pop of early Pink Floyd. It's a brave and bold collection displaying a penchant for ambitious arrangements as the quirky sweep of 'Time' and the acoustic drone-rock-meets-psych of the title track verify. 'Decent', for all it's stripped-back raw edge, feels like the bare bones of a contemporary rock hit, and suggests that alongside the playfulness and winning risk-taking on Life After The Bom, there's a very good avant-garde acoustic band with ideas galore waiting to get out.
In June, Satch joins the band as a multi-instrumentalist
The new "three peice" band completes a successful two week UK tour, before heading in to the studio to record their third studio album, for release in March 2012.
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