Biography

Hazel Winter took her first musical steps clad in leopard skin playing guitar for all-girl R&B band Gorilla My Dreams.

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Over the next few years she played with thrash psychobilly outfit The Rhythm Wreckers

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and alt-country all-girl band Scouting For Boys.

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She toured with Bristol’s Blue Aeroplanes in 1991-2 playing on Glastonbury Pyramid stage and headlining Reading Festival.

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Hazel also played guitar on Blue Aeroplane’s albums Life Model and Friend Lover Plane 2

Hazel’s solo debut album Put Away The Sharp Knives was released on Bristol-based independent label Clearwater at the end on 2000, and met with instant national critical acclaim. Produced, overdubbed and mixed by John Parish (P.J.Harvey, Eels, Tracy Chapman) and Adrian Utley (Portishead).

“…Winter pulls you into her deliciously paranoid world …an extraordinarily unsettling persona…one to watch, but with the lights on…”
MOJO

“…jagged and dangerous…angular…soulful…a thrillingly raw debut…”
TIME OUT

“…oddly seductive…sexual magic…Hazel Winter will be unstoppable…”
Q

“…bluesy, viscerally exciting ride…thrillingly uneasy listening…”

BIG ISSUE

“…dark and broody….a contemporary classic…”

EXPRESS MAGAZINE

“…slinky, schizoid, off-kilter groove…jagged, edgy, rare and brilliant…”
GUITARIST MAGAZINE

She went on to release 3 more critically acclaimed independent albums on her own Death Row Bride label;

Death Row Bride,

“…the sound of a quite unhinging ferocity…a terrific burst of whispery nastiness…”
ROCK SOUND

“…The West Country’s first lady of noirish guitar blues…vocal witchiness and bile-spitting make a convincing dent”
Q

“…Hazel Winter purrs and crows … facing her demons …twatting you over the head with a shard of buoyant riffage…a thoroughly disturbing, thoroughly compelling listen …”
LOGO

“…doomed romantic masterpiece…but best of all is Hazel’s provincial non-singing Northern voice picking at death/love metaphors like scabs that won’t be left alone…”

KERRANG

Situation Normal then

“…abrasive folk rock hybrid…incredibly captivating and irresistible…is likely to be one of the most intriguing of the year…”
Devil has the best tuna

“…a unique brand of folk-tinged dark rock ….subtle dynamics…the guitar….emits a brash and gloriously dusty sound that is suitably paired with Winter’s smoky, fainting voice…Endearing beauty and musicianship…”
The Music Magazine

“…a commendable solo artiste and rich purveyor of scintillating-yet-caustic folk/punk …dark and idiosyncratic British charms with an increasingly melodic sound …her most potent album to date…brutal uncompromising and intelligent punk…”
Fresh Deer Meat

“…Hazel has set about creating a wildly powerful and uncompromising new album…”
Female First

  Dusting For Prints.

“…Your Mother and I can’t hear the lyrics…”
Hazel’s Dad

Hazel recently played in Adrian Utley’s guitar orchestra with conductor Charles Hazelwood (http://www.watershed.co.uk/dshed/mail-maps-and-motion).

She lives in Bristol where she  is currently playing with the Flux Capacitors. She co hosts Flux FM every Thursday night with Commander MCNeil on www.piratenationradio.com

 

Twitter@hazelwinter1

Photography by Jaqueline Glynn, Andy McCreeth and Tom Abba, marge@peripheralanomaly.co.uk