While now based in London, Shiva and the Hazards were first formed in Melbourne by Douglas Hind and Leigh Baines in late 2012. Having worked together previously, the pair’s reformation was based on the decision to relocate the new band to the UK, something which had long been their ambition.
Their first ever home demos, recorded as just a two piece in November 2012, would then catch the attention of BRIT Award winning producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur, Elbow, Richard Ashcroft). As Potter described of hearing the band, ”This band are a fantastic mixture of styles – psychedelia and crashing rock and roll and they have some fascinating influences. They also have the rare ability to be able to make things happen spontaneously, without needing to have everything mapped out beforehand – there is no safety-net here… As a result, these songs are full of real dynamic and great rushes of energy.”
Shiva and the Hazards relocated to London in 2013 to record their debut single with Potter at Metropolis and Kore Studios. The track was then mixed by Potter at Dairy Studios, and mastered by Ian Cooper (David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Marley, Oasis) back at Metropolis.
The following year, “East India Empress” was given a soft release via soundcloud and was subsequently played by Gary Crowley on his BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio shows, with the band playing headline shows in London and Manchester, as well as the Camden Rocks Festival.
The band returned to the live stage with an appearance at last year’s Trip Out Festival, and are now preparing for the release of their debut EP.
“East India Empress” can be streamed on the band’s soundcloud page, which you can access via the music tab, with more news to follow regarding its release.