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With three releases under their belt, Hallan are growing in stature. The Portsmouth based four-piece mix frank social commentary and deadpan humour with cavernous, angular riffs, producing tracks that are honest and unique.

We’re proud to announce the release of our debut EP ‘Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor’ via Nice Swan Records . A prologue chapter within the world we call Hallan, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor introduces the 21st century to the Gumshoe Boy. The boy is always the man for the job. He’s the man on the inside. He’s the Agency’s number one frontman and he’s armed with a tape provided by an anonymous source. An undercover operative in a satirical, Orwellian world, Reporting Live From The Living Room Floor paints a semi-abstract but tangible image of the new decade, holding a mirror up to not only our modern society but our individual selves. The time is now right. From the corner of his bleak bedroom the boy plans his plan, and from the corner of ours we do the same. Our music is built on the overlaps of musical interests. We each enjoy our separate preferences however we have a shared passion for creating music replete with integrity and honesty.  These traits can be attributed to the bands that influence us the most.  Bands such as The Fall, The Clash and Fontaines D.C. continuously remind us to write without constricting ourselves to genres and outside pressures.  Classic songwriting is also something to take note of. Inside the Gumshoe Boy’s record collection you’ll often find Bob Dylan classics and one of George Harrisons solo albums.

Track Listing:1. Reruns2. Hands Up3. The White Boys4. Orwell’s Idyllic Future5. Television Show6. Prime Time Lullaby

Out 16th July 2021 on Nice Swan Records

And so we venture into Lockdown 2.0, a hard time for many and an especially hard time for local musicians. With no gigs or even anywhere to rehearse it’s a bleak and soul crushing time for us local bands who love the Portsmouth music community. We’ve been fortunate enough to release pre-recorded material over the first lockdown but there are some bands that will be less fortunate. We will always be a Portsmouth band.

Check out their earlier track one of my favourites: Fueled by the sounds of Sports Team to Joy Division, Hallan create their own take on post-punk using unique social commentary lyrics and chunky riffs. I guess the track could easily be seen as accusational but honestly that’s not the case. The track was written as a notice to myself primarily. The track is comprised of notes on self betterment and reminders to aspire to be more than my current self.  Other parts of the track draw from everyday observation and derives from Gumshoe Boy’s notes on the scene. He sits in the corner and sees the beauty in the reoccurrence of habit.

The 7″ vinyl record will feature our newest single Modern England alongside Yesterday (With Him) on the flipside. Limited to 100 copies so snatch one up whilst you can.