LONDON’S HAUS, HAVE RELEASED THEIR DEBUT EP, A INDIE POP GEM THAT SHOWS JUST HOW FAR THIS BAND HAS COME.
SOME years back in Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Social Club a small band called HAUS supported the popular Jaws. Nearly no one knew just how far HAUS were going to go when they filled this support slot.
Now, after rigorous touring and time to perfect their sound, HAUS have released their debut EP ‘Say What You Say’.
Opening with the atmospheric “Levels”, this track questions the old saying ‘live fast, die young’ and takes the listener through fast paced drum beats and tight guitar riffs. The final minute of the song becomes explosive and throws all musical elements together to produce this huge dance-floor-filler.
Newer released track “Don’t Care Enough” mixes swampy synths with a clean picking guitar to create a surreal soundscape. Lead vocalist Ashley Mulimba’s vocals add to this and his distinctive style sits perfectly above the music, creating a very emotional song.
Of course, one of HAUS’s already popular tracks “Gave You All” slots in perfectly on this track, but it’s the Kains remix that adds a lovely touch. Opening with hard thumping beats it then evolves into this clever rework of an already great track and it’s actually something really special.
The title track sounds just as good as it did when it was first released, again it showcases how good HAUS are at blending genres together, this time it’s a little slower than the others, Mulimba’s vocals taking center stage, it focuses on softer tones and lighter beats to create a lovely pop track.
“Oblivion” draws on the power of guitars to push the sound of this track, it’s got an attitude, in a good way, it’s confident and when the lyrics ‘into a oblivion’ ring out, so do the guitars.
‘Say What You Say’ is undoubtably one of the best EP’s released this year. It’s diverse, genre defying and genuinely just special. Listen to the EP below:
HAUS are: Sam Kelly, Daniel Hylton-Nuamah, Lyle Simpson, Ellis Mortimer and Ashley Mulimba.