We recently had the marvelous Blake Hazard
in for a Baes + Brews session last month
and when she arrived, she brought a mysterious little guest with her: her Silvertone amp. What made it so mysterious was its appearance - it looked like a guitar case but you'd open it up and suddenly it was an amp with knobs to control the tremolo and volume. "The mystery amp does not actually belong to me. It actually belongs to my friend Sam Cohen, who is amazing, and he let me borrow it while I was in New York because you can take it on the train ... It has a really cool tone and vintage sound," Hazard explained before moving onto the spread of pedals she uses. It's no doubt this amp from the sixties is unique, and it looks pretty ideal for any touring musician who is looking for a convenient travel buddy.
Blake Hazard started playing in subways in New York City in her teens, graduating to playing smaller clubs in the city. She made her way to Boston to study at Harvard University, where she continued to play live, and eventually met John Dragonetti (Jack Drag). They moved to LA, and broke up in 2005, but after hearing the songs that each had written about their parting, reunited to form The Submarines. The Subs went on to make three records and remix EPs for the Canadian label Nettwerk Records. The band toured the US and Europe many times, making festival and television appearances, with their songs licensed extensively for film and TV worldwide.
Blake recorded her album The Eleanor Islands, also licensed for film and tv, with Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Yellowbirds) in Brooklyn in 2013.
"Hey" is the second in a series of singles and remixes that will be released in 2017. The studio version was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Wild Nothing, Fruit Bats) and the remix was produced by Belgian indie-electronic artist Styrofoam, who has previously produced remixes for Ben Gibbard, the Postal Service, and the Submarines, among others. "Hey" follows "Before The Ice," which premiered in February via FLOOD Magazine along with a remix by Xander Singh (formerly of Passion Pit and Pepper Rabbit).