Formerly known as Whooping Crane, STRANGE HAZE is a Brooklyn quartet that has been whooping up a raucous racket of riff rock since 2008 and boasts an impressive resumé; Guitarist/vocalist Michael "Big Sir the Conductor" Lo has recorded and/or toured with artists from The Phenomenal Handclap Band to Latin soul legend Joe Bataan to garage and punk luminaries such as Richard Lloyd and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, while percussionist/flute player/guitarist Dave “the Handler” Scott is an alumni of rapper Guru’s live and recording unit. Along with drummer Bushwick Ronnie Seward and bassist Doug Mayer (who replaced original bassist Keith Avenue in June 2010), they combine heavy blues-based guitar tones, funky rhythms and a good dose of hypnotic psychedelic flourishes, topped off with simple-but-anthemic choruses and an overall jivey, blissed-out, good-time spirit.
The Ripple Music: “If you couldn’t afford the James Gang reunion shows a few years ago (this) is the next best thing you can get. A true power trio, these guys are dedicated to the mid tempo boogie. With his stylish neckerchief and aviator shades guitarist Michael Lo presents himself as Lowell George playing through Johnny Winter’s white Gibson Firebird. The rhythm section of bassist Keith Avenue and drummer Bushwick Ronnie Seward groove like the Groundhogs and the Band of Gypsys. These guys are young and slender enough to fool some of the indie rock kids but good enough to maybe wake a few of them up to good music.”
The Soda Shop: “...personally one of my favorites the past year and a half since I’ve owned the EP... Imagine Jimi Hendrix was still alive making music today. Mix in a little Joe Walsh, James Brown, a bit of Black Sabbath and some acid blues and you get some of the finest music on any side of any ocean, lake or river you want to name."
Heavy Planet: “Their EP, Riffin’ for Rent has been in constant rotation for me since I got it back in 2009. This is a band that has it together and is ready for great things. I don’t say that about a lot of bands but these guys do.”
Captain Beyond Zen: “Awesome Heavy Psychedelic/Experimental Rock from Brooklyn! Highly recommended!”
The Obelisk: “... guitar-led boogie rock of the highest order... an unpretentious niche of psych rock that’s been begging for further exploration.”
“...an amazing power trio which deliver finest classic rock of the highest caliber. Their first self-released EP ‘Riffin’ For Rent’ sounds fresh and vibrant and it is a mystery why no record label has signed this band. If you don’t feel this groove then you’re probably dead.”
“...the Brooklyn rockers’ stoner shtick works as well as it does because they’re such excellent musicians. Everybody knows that you have to have chops to play metal really well, but these guys don’t just know their early 70s stoner music, they know soul, and Stones, and Sabbath, and Skynyrd... That’s what Strange Haze sound like.”