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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR

WHEN three mem­bers of Mar Haze met while study­ing mu­sic in Syd­ney, they had no idea which path their di­verse mu­si­cal back­grounds would lead them. The North­ern Beaches-based quar­tet – made up of singer, gui­tarist and trum­pet player Dean Mitchell, Kane Charles on keys and vo­cals, Chris Kelly on bass and vo­cals and drum­mer Jarin Pen­ni­all – the boys started blend­ing blues, jazz and hip hop into the one sound five years ago. Charles says the name Mar Haze is an apt de­scrip­tion of their mish­mash sound. ‘‘It re­ally is a bit of a haze,’’ he says. ‘‘I come from a clas­si­cal mu­sic back­ground, whereas our singer is a trained trum­pet player. We mash all sorts of mu­sic to­gether.’’ The ‘‘four best mates’’ share a love for trav­el­ling and cre­at­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic. Mar Haze have re­leased two EPs, Sum­mer Ses­sions and Win­ter, and have just put out new sin­gle Danc­ing

in the Wa­ter for a po­ten­tial forth­com­ing al­bum. ‘‘We wanted to ex­per­i­ment with elec­tronic mu­sic and this was the first at­tempt,’’ says Charles. ‘‘It sort of has a party, beachy theme with a fla­menco flavour. It’s the start of a new feel and sound for the band.’’ Charles says Mar Haze have en­listed an ad­di­tional sax­o­phone player for their cur­rent tour. ‘‘Our live show starts of pretty mel­low but pro­gresses to be very en­er­getic and fun,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s funky, catchy and boppy. Our mu­sic is sure to get your at­ten­tion and have you off your feet straight away. We have a lot of fun on stage.’’

Mar Haze, The Mid­night An­tics, Rory Switzer and Matt Scully play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, tomorrow night.

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