It goes without saying that the last 18 months has been difficult for everyone. The music industry especially has been hit hard, with venues and behind-the-scenes staff arguably suffering the most. In that sense however their plight has also been the one given most attention, with very little given to the bands its affected also.
That’s where Manchester-based Hayes & Y come in.
Coming quickly off the back of their previously well received single ‘How to Say No’, ‘I Never Give Up (It’s Never Enough)’, is the band’s latest single, and sees them exploring the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had not just on themselves as musicians, but the bands and artists around them also.
“’I Never Give Up (It’s Never Enough)’ is an extension of the exhaustion every artist feels from time to time” explains frontman Blagoslav Anastasov. “The last couple of years have been particularly hard for our trade and I’ve seen so many bands break up recently. It’s about the balance between ambition and satisfaction, something that I’ve personally found very challenging.”
Indeed, having already won over the hearts of their native Bulgaria, and now turning heads in the UK, it’s just as well the band haven’t given up. But while their drive and determination have got them this far, at what cost? ‘I Never Give Up’ seeks to explore the difficulty in finding that balance, while asking the question of when is it actually enough?
Hayes and Y are:
- Blagoslav Anastasov – Vocal/guitar
- Radoslav Lozanski – Guitar
- Ivailo Delev – bass
- Dennis Hallbäck – drums