By The Hazey Janes
Between their two October appearances in Leeds, The Hazey Janes release as a download single the song 'Fire in the Sky' plucked from their album Hotel Radio. With it are a couple of others not on the album.
The Hazeys fly into Fire In The Sky sounding as if there's a life-loving smile on every face in the band; they give a bouncing feel-good performance, and develop a higher shine from their vocal harmonies. There's always room in the world for more of the slightly creepy nostalgia which comes with styles that, like doo-wop, have survived the changing decades. 'This is Pop' XTC told us nearly thirty years ago, only to be shown that it wasn't : pop was something that had already been and was yet to come, as captured by this aspect of The Hazey Janes.
When they try another type of retro with Fairport Convention's 'Meet on the Ledge', they rejoice in its moist ballady opening, taking that section as a duet in which the female solo doesn't quite hold up. The Hazey Janes sound as if they're doing this one just because they like it. And that's fair enough - probably goes over well live and gets a crowd swaying a bit, and they're the ones who'll be glad of a recording.
The last and longest of the three tracks 'Love is Gold' conforms to the sugar metronome code of practice.