There’s nothing we love more than a proper DIY punk rock music video, and today’s exclusive is just that. Haest are gearing up to release their debut album Anomie to the world – due out on TNSrecords on 10 January 2020.
The video for the first single I Thought I’d Walked In Shit But It Was A Child’s Mitten is a low-budget classic, featuring Snuff/Southport’s Simon Wells as a lairy estate agent. Would you buy this house?
In their short existence, Haest have been running roughshod through the UK DIY punk scene, clocking up two EPs, various compilation tracks, a European tour and a ton of support slots with the likes of The Dwarves, The Adolescents, Pears, Birds In Row and Clowns. The band have developed a sound of their own; mixing influences from hardcore punk, doom and noise rock. Their debut album sees them spread their wings even further, creating a truly unique piece of work.
The album, recorded at The Organworks with Ben Hannah, is “an angry meditation on our collective inertia as we move towards the inevitable end times seen through the eyes of Ronnie James Dio’s ghost” according to singer Dave.
Despite the serious nature of the music on Anomie, the band have maintained a certain level of light heartedness in both their song titles, which are made up of nonsensical drunken conversation snippets and the first video taken from the album which features them horrifying a potential house buyer when they come to look around the property.
“We’re not one thing” explains Dave on the apparent contradiction, “this band is dumb sometimes and super serious at other times just like we are as people and we’re not interested in any pretence, we’re not fucking actors”.
Hailing from Hastings, on the south coast of the UK, Haest feature members of Matilda’s Scoundrels, The Barracks, Wizard Fight and The Dead Anyways: bands who share few similarities outside of geographical ones. It is the grimy seaside resort that has played a major role in their identity including the bands namesake, a Saxon migrant leader followed by the early settlers in the area.
“The scene down here is buzzing at the moment with loads of great up and coming bands and the party atmosphere at gigs is making it one of the hottest places in the UK right now” says bassist Mark Tanner on the band’s hometown.