Interview by Sarah Williams.
You might have heard the name Haest cropping lately. If you haven’t yet, we guarantee you will soon.
Haest are the latest in South Coast hardcore; hailing from Hastings they’re a vertiable DIY supergroup, feturing members of Matilda’s Scoundrels, The Barracks, Wizard Fight and The Dead Anyways. Seeking a new, heavier musical outlet, these four guys recently banded together to create something fresh. The result is EP #1, which showcases their gritty, sludgy take on hardcore.
We spoke to Dan Flangan (guitar) and Mark Tanner (bass) about their latest endeavour.
For a new band, there’s a lot of buzz about Haest at the moment! What first prompted you to start making music together?
- Mark: Dan could’ve started the idea off before, but I’m pretty sure I got involved after a few drunken conversations with Dan about a side project for a bit of fun playing some heavier stuff.
- Dan F: Matilda’s Scoundrels had 10 weeks off at the beginning of the year without a show and I had a bunch of riffs I’d written that weren’t really Scoundrels material. So Mark and I spoke about it then got Dan K onboard.
How would you describe your sound to someone?
- Dan F: I’m not really sure how to describe it. It’s very mixed. Hardcore driven with sludge/metal elements?
- Mark: My favourite description I’ve heard is that we’re like a punk Black Sabbath mixed with early Black Flag. I guess we’re sludgy hardcore/punk. Slunk!