Gig preview: Hyyts, The Mash House, Edinburgh

Drawing from influences as diverse as Kanye West, Scissor Sisters, Arcade Fire and Frank Ocean, Hyyts meld concepts to create their progressive, unique take on pop.

In just a few short months since the release of their debut track, Butterflies In My Head, things have moved at pace for this Glasgow duo – they’ve toured with The Howl & The Hum, been the only unsigned artist to perform at 2018’s Scottish Music Awards, supported Culture Club at GLasgow Hydro and seen the all important streaming service playlist additions rack up for ‘Butterflies’ and two subsequent tracks DWY and Bullet.

Lifelong best friends Adam and Sam started making music together in 2015. But their individual background musically is very different.

“I really started on the underground nightlife scene, downloaded Ableton and started producing, making techno and house beats,” explains Sam. “However, I grew up on my parents record collection who weren’t resigned to one genre. It was very upbeat and colourful – George Michael, Bowie, Moloko – my parents were cool in that respect!”

“Disco was my first love and as soon as I could make music I veered towards that,” says Adam. “I taught myself to play guitar and piano when I was young and soon loved the more traditional singer/songwriters – Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton – music from the 60s and 70s.

“You could say I was a ‘snobby hipster’,” he adds.

Even the way the duo make music is different. So how do these fairly disparate influences help shape and make up the music of Hyyts?

Adam says: “On paper, the way we make music shouldn’t really work – Sam comes at music from an abstract way, starting with beats, tapping them out on keyboards, making chord progressions – whilst I start on the topline with lyrics and melodies, but we bring out the best in each other.”

2019 started with a sold out show at Glasgow Poetry Club and it’s live where the band really come to life. They play every show like it’s their last day on earth and Adam’s unwavering commitment to every work of every song means that no one leaves uneffected.

Their live schedule for 2019 is already shaping up brilliantly. Following London shows at Good Karma and Gold Dust, they headline The Mash House in Edinburgh on 4 April and have festival appearances at Electric Fields and Loopallu already booked, as well as their first visit to Ireland in March.

Hyyts don’t yet know where 2019 will end, but wherever it is, it’ll be somewhere far from here…

Hyyts, The Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street, Thursday 4 April, doors 7pm, £8, 0131-220-2514,

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