Hazel English

Thu Jun 4 2020

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

$15.00

Ages 21+

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Kickstand Productions Presents
Hazel English

  • Hazel English

    Hazel English

    Indie Pop

    “Sometimes I feel like we’re just sleepwalking through our lives. We’re not really
    present.” Hazel English wants us to open our eyes. Through her shimmering,
    daydream-pop, the California based singer-songwriter is on a mission to rattle

    the cages of our very existence, asking us to dig deep and ask challenging ques-
    tions of ourselves. ‘Wake UP!’, her debut album, is a call to arms: an attempt to

    “make people become more aware and mindful,” she says.

    Since debuting with bittersweet single ‘Never Going Home’ in 2016, the Sydney-
    born artist has felt the urge to connect with her listeners in a meaningful way.

    Blending wistful, candid lyricism with jangling psych and beach-pop sounds, Eng-
    lish’s compelling songwriting has earned her over 25 million streams, airplay on

    BBC Radio 1, 6Music and Beats, praise from Lauren Laverne and Annie Mac,
    and press acclaim with double EP ‘Just Give In/Never Going Home’ labelled by
    The 405 as “one of the strongest records of the year”. 2019 saw her gain an even
    wider audience after touring with Lord Huron and Death Cab For Cutie.
    Where the double EP was very much a lo-fi, bedroom-produced record, English
    left her home setup behind in favour of roomy recording studios and tapped up
    session players for her debut album. Bigger, lusher, and more live-sounding, the

    LP shows a new side to English: one that conveys the joy and excitement of col-
    laboration. Drawing from a more grandiose sonic palette while pulling on the

    same sun-kissed thread of her previous work, half of the record was made in LA
    with super-producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Angel Olsen), while

    English flew to Atlanta to work with Ben H. Allen (Deerhunter, M.I.A, Animal Col-
    lective) on the other half.

    Listening to the record, it should come as no surprise that ‘Revolver’-era Beatles,
    The Mamas & The Papas, The Zombies and Jefferson Airplane were all at the
    forefront of her mind while recording. “Radical messages need a raw and vibrant
    backdrop to pop,” she says, and she’s kept her trademark sunshine-filled sound

    that fits her Los Angeles dwelling, but with bigger, stirring choruses. It's a testa-
    ment to English’s writing style and ear for a hook that she won’t make anything

    that she couldn’t play stripped back to its bones, refusing to rely on production to
    carry a song. Standouts like the infectious ‘Off My Mind’ and ‘Like A Drug’, with its
    swirling hypnosis, find English’s songcraft at its most accomplished.
    Lead single ‘Shaking’ wears its ‘60s psych influences on its paisley patterned
    sleeve. Written by Hazel and frequent collaborator Blake Stranathan (Lana Del
    Rey), it was a painstaking effort: “I just couldn’t rest until I had gotten it to a place

    where it felt like I could sleep at night. And I’m really glad I did,” she says. Tack-
    ling themes of power, lust, manipulation, pleasure, and control, its Erin S. Murray-
    directed video strikes right at the heart of this idea, finding English as the charis-
    matic ringleader of her own Manson-esque cult, manipulating her subjects in a

    babydoll dress and beehive hairstyle. “It presents the promise of a spiritual
    awakening as a kind of seduction,” she says.
    An open sufferer of anxiety, English wrote the record following something of an
    existential crisis. Stuck and isolated, she felt like life was becoming a series of

    mundane objectives. She began asking herself: “am I happy? Do I like the direc-
    tion I’m going in life? Am I engaged with my community? Do I feel connected to

    others?” English realised that the answers to all these questions were, for her,
    resounding nos. The album’s title became a kind of personal mantra to her – “a
    reminder to wake up and be present in a time where we are used to switching off

    and looking for constant entertainment,” she says. “[‘Wake UP!] will mean some-
    thing different to everyone. Like, oh yeah, I’ve been sleeping on this goal of mine,

    or I need to spend more time with my kids. It’s for whatever people need to con-
    front.”

    Obsessing over old movies and vintage clothing since the age of 15, English took
    cues from surrealism, dadaism and the writings of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick for
    the record. She wrote words before she became a musician – before a student
    exchange programme prompted her San Francisco move, English was studying

    creative writing in Melbourne and writing poetry prolifically. After reading Guy De-
    bord’s 1967 book The Society of the Spectacle, English began pondering our ob-
    session with self-image. In it, Debord considers how we get caught up in the

    ‘spectacle’: How am I perceived by others? How can I make it seem like I'm suc-
    cessful? English draws parallels from the ‘60s text with our social media-crazed

    present as “essentially creating a fabricated version of yourself and making sure
    it seems like you’re living this amazing life. It’s not a true experience. That just
    makes us unhappy, I think.”
    Confronting issues with the rampant, consumerist nature of capitalism and “our
    human propensity for dissatisfaction,” ‘Wake UP!’ also explores power struggles,

    with English looking at how shifting dynamics affect relationships, be it in the mu-
    sic industry or in romantic life. The record dives into unbalanced power dynamics,

    be it “feeling stuck in a one-sided relationship where the other person cares less,”
    “needing space in order to seek power within myself, or feeling like I’m the one
    holding all the cards in a relationship.”

    ‘Wake UP!’ is a rallying call to our 2020 selves; a reminder of what our core val-
    ues are, packaged up in a glorious, sparkling record. “I hope I can inspire others

    to also search for their inner truths and find their own inner strength in the
    process,” English says. “I wanted to create something really dynamic, and kinda
    wild.”

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Hazel English

Thu Jun 4 2020 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen Chicago IL
Hazel English

$15.00 Ages 21+

Hazel English

Hazel English

Indie Pop

“Sometimes I feel like we’re just sleepwalking through our lives. We’re not really
present.” Hazel English wants us to open our eyes. Through her shimmering,
daydream-pop, the California based singer-songwriter is on a mission to rattle

the cages of our very existence, asking us to dig deep and ask challenging ques-
tions of ourselves. ‘Wake UP!’, her debut album, is a call to arms: an attempt to

“make people become more aware and mindful,” she says.

Since debuting with bittersweet single ‘Never Going Home’ in 2016, the Sydney-
born artist has felt the urge to connect with her listeners in a meaningful way.

Blending wistful, candid lyricism with jangling psych and beach-pop sounds, Eng-
lish’s compelling songwriting has earned her over 25 million streams, airplay on

BBC Radio 1, 6Music and Beats, praise from Lauren Laverne and Annie Mac,
and press acclaim with double EP ‘Just Give In/Never Going Home’ labelled by
The 405 as “one of the strongest records of the year”. 2019 saw her gain an even
wider audience after touring with Lord Huron and Death Cab For Cutie.
Where the double EP was very much a lo-fi, bedroom-produced record, English
left her home setup behind in favour of roomy recording studios and tapped up
session players for her debut album. Bigger, lusher, and more live-sounding, the

LP shows a new side to English: one that conveys the joy and excitement of col-
laboration. Drawing from a more grandiose sonic palette while pulling on the

same sun-kissed thread of her previous work, half of the record was made in LA
with super-producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX, Angel Olsen), while

English flew to Atlanta to work with Ben H. Allen (Deerhunter, M.I.A, Animal Col-
lective) on the other half.

Listening to the record, it should come as no surprise that ‘Revolver’-era Beatles,
The Mamas & The Papas, The Zombies and Jefferson Airplane were all at the
forefront of her mind while recording. “Radical messages need a raw and vibrant
backdrop to pop,” she says, and she’s kept her trademark sunshine-filled sound

that fits her Los Angeles dwelling, but with bigger, stirring choruses. It's a testa-
ment to English’s writing style and ear for a hook that she won’t make anything

that she couldn’t play stripped back to its bones, refusing to rely on production to
carry a song. Standouts like the infectious ‘Off My Mind’ and ‘Like A Drug’, with its
swirling hypnosis, find English’s songcraft at its most accomplished.
Lead single ‘Shaking’ wears its ‘60s psych influences on its paisley patterned
sleeve. Written by Hazel and frequent collaborator Blake Stranathan (Lana Del
Rey), it was a painstaking effort: “I just couldn’t rest until I had gotten it to a place

where it felt like I could sleep at night. And I’m really glad I did,” she says. Tack-
ling themes of power, lust, manipulation, pleasure, and control, its Erin S. Murray-
directed video strikes right at the heart of this idea, finding English as the charis-
matic ringleader of her own Manson-esque cult, manipulating her subjects in a

babydoll dress and beehive hairstyle. “It presents the promise of a spiritual
awakening as a kind of seduction,” she says.
An open sufferer of anxiety, English wrote the record following something of an
existential crisis. Stuck and isolated, she felt like life was becoming a series of

mundane objectives. She began asking herself: “am I happy? Do I like the direc-
tion I’m going in life? Am I engaged with my community? Do I feel connected to

others?” English realised that the answers to all these questions were, for her,
resounding nos. The album’s title became a kind of personal mantra to her – “a
reminder to wake up and be present in a time where we are used to switching off

and looking for constant entertainment,” she says. “[‘Wake UP!] will mean some-
thing different to everyone. Like, oh yeah, I’ve been sleeping on this goal of mine,

or I need to spend more time with my kids. It’s for whatever people need to con-
front.”

Obsessing over old movies and vintage clothing since the age of 15, English took
cues from surrealism, dadaism and the writings of sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick for
the record. She wrote words before she became a musician – before a student
exchange programme prompted her San Francisco move, English was studying

creative writing in Melbourne and writing poetry prolifically. After reading Guy De-
bord’s 1967 book The Society of the Spectacle, English began pondering our ob-
session with self-image. In it, Debord considers how we get caught up in the

‘spectacle’: How am I perceived by others? How can I make it seem like I'm suc-
cessful? English draws parallels from the ‘60s text with our social media-crazed

present as “essentially creating a fabricated version of yourself and making sure
it seems like you’re living this amazing life. It’s not a true experience. That just
makes us unhappy, I think.”
Confronting issues with the rampant, consumerist nature of capitalism and “our
human propensity for dissatisfaction,” ‘Wake UP!’ also explores power struggles,

with English looking at how shifting dynamics affect relationships, be it in the mu-
sic industry or in romantic life. The record dives into unbalanced power dynamics,

be it “feeling stuck in a one-sided relationship where the other person cares less,”
“needing space in order to seek power within myself, or feeling like I’m the one
holding all the cards in a relationship.”

‘Wake UP!’ is a rallying call to our 2020 selves; a reminder of what our core val-
ues are, packaged up in a glorious, sparkling record. “I hope I can inspire others

to also search for their inner truths and find their own inner strength in the
process,” English says. “I wanted to create something really dynamic, and kinda
wild.”

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Ages 21+
limit 10 per person
General Admission
$15.00

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This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.