Led by frontman Conor Clements, Hallan are a post-punk four-piece on the charge. Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with the Nice Swan Records signees to find out more about their journey so far
With major tastemaker praise under their belts, including the backing from a film icon, Portsmouth risers Hallan are turning heads.
Led by frontman Conor Clements, the scorching four-piece pair frenetic post-punk with lyricism tackling everything from the monotony of everyday life to abstract dystopia.
Their concept-fuelled debut EP Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor is a perfect snapshot of their mission statement, capturing the ferociousness of their live shows across bristling tracks like Orwell’s Idyllic Future, Modern England and Reruns.
They’re signed to the stellar label Nice Swan Records – an indie responsible for an incredible charge of guitar acts right now, including Courting, Sprints and English Teacher.
And if praise from the likes of Rough Trade and Radio 6 Music legend Steve Lamacq wasn’t enough, Hallan were given a Twitter shoutout by Trainspotting icon and new music champion Robert Carlyle.
Hallan further cemented their status as ones to watch with a thrilling set at Nice Swan’s showcase at Hackney’s MOTH Club earlier in September, which also boasted slots from fellow signees Malady, Mandrake Handshake, Opus Kink, and Jelly Cleaver.
Brinkwire’s Rory McKeown caught up with Conor to talk about Hallan’s journey so far, their influences, and growing up in Portsmouth.
Hi Conor. How can you sum up the past 12 months for the band?
“Guten Tag. The last 12 months have been a blur of up and downs for us. It started out looking quite bleak but with the help of the Nice Swan Records family we’ve had the support to put out Modern England and our EP.
“We can’t complain too much, it’s quite odd being a band where our most successful period has been during a worldwide pandemic. In short though it’s been rehearsals, YouTube binging, trimming my bonsai tree and then forgetting to water it.”
You’ve just released your debut EP Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor. Tell me more about its writing and recording process. When did it begin?
“Most of the EP was written during the early stage of lockdown. We’d just went into Ford Lane Studios to record Modern England and so we began thinking about releasing a body of work off the back of that.
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