“A brilliant mix of pre-Wings-era oddball genius Macca-isms, the post-hippy blues of Tyrannosaurus Rex and some super-sticky ‘70s-scented gritty glitter pop” – 4/5 Q Magazine
Hyde and Beast are a mini super-group, out to make songs they say are “a gentle summery psychedelic mess”. It’s a gorgeous and unexpected sound coming from a duo of drummers. The band was formed by two leading figures in the North of England music scene – Neil Bassett of the Golden Virgins and Dave Hyde of The Futureheads. Their debut album ‘Slow Down’ won rave reviews and follow up ‘Keep Moving’ has plundered a plethora of plaudits.
“The main influences on keep moving are early seventies – both “blue” and the title track ride T.Rex-style boogies, while the lovely “Open Your Heart” has a bad finger-esque flavour… It’s impressively designed, and performed with diverse instrumental smarts.” – 4/5 The Independent
“Doubtless an abiding love of T.Rex and a sneaking love for some of the more ephemeral hits of the day also play a part in shaping the duo’s politely psychedelic pop. Lovers of fuzzy guitar riffs and well-crafted pop hooks need look no further.” – Sunday Times Culture
“The sun-dappled blasts of brass and piano riffs… Makes the likes of ‘blue’ and ‘open your heart’ bona fide pop monsters, the kind you blast out of rolled down car windows as you head down the seafront in the middle of July without a care in the world.” – 8/10 Drowned In Sound
“This is a record that’s crying out to be listened to with the comforting crackles of a well-loved vinyl, and preferably danced to bare-foot on a questionably patterned carpet” – 8/10 The Line Of Best Fit
‘‘Blue’ is a raucous glam stomper – there are shades of marc bolan’s guitar in that rolling riff, while the sighing vocals had shades of pastoral psychedelia.” – Clash