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Combining elements of post-rock, trip-hop, and industrial music, HAAL have quickly become cult favourites in the UK live scene. Their psychotropic blend of samples, DIY pedals, and monolithic instrumentation, has seen the band play and tour alongside the likes of Kyoto Kyoto, Cowboyy, Deliluh, Treeboy & Arc, Ditz, Gurriers, and Pet Shimmers, as well as appearing at festivals such as ArcTanGent and more.

Released last Friday (May 10) and coming on the heels of their recent singles ‘Janus’ and ‘Judy’, the new EP Back To Shilmarine arrives as a blistering snapshot of the band’s protean dynamism.

We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked front man Alfie Hay to pick three albums that have hugely influenced their music.

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Biffy Clyro – Blackened Sky

The best ever guitar tone on any album. It sounds so much larger than just a three piece band and their ability to build tension and release it is second to none with this record.

Deftones – Diamond Eyes

An incredibly heartfelt record that deals with a horrible and personal subject matter, yet it achieves this through disgustingly hard riffs. I love the juxtaposition of this and wanted to channel some of that energy onto our EP.

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Watchmen Soundtrack

It’s quite difficult not to be influenced by anything Trent Reznor does, but this soundtrack particularly resonated with me when writing. They’re absolute geniuses at conveying emotion and mood through sound and it’s especially present on this soundtrack – we tried to do this with the EP, counterbalancing the more melodic elements with moments of just complete sonic feeling. It also helps that Watchmen is one of my fave comics too, so it was a marriage made in heaven for them to do the soundtrack.

Back to Shilmarine was released on May 10 2024 via Babka Records and can be purchased and downloaded here on Bandcamp

HAAL play at Rough Trade in their native Bristol on May 18 2024.

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