Hassle Hound

Formed in Glasgow in 2000, Hassle Hound started out as a four-piece group producing melodic, experimental pop with live instrumentation over a base of loops and sampled material. All four members appear on their first two releases, Scaring the Grass in the Garden and a split 12” on the Textile label. Following David Fulford’s departure from the group in 2005 they moved towards more song-based forms with Ela Orlean’s fragile yet haunting vocals coming increasingly to the fore on the album’s Limelight Cordial and Born in a Night. Hassle Hound’s output although playful and off-kilter was often tinged with melancholy; charmingly odd, at times whimsical, but never twee. Over a 10-year period, the group played live regularly in venue’s across the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands and Poland alongside acts including; Melt Banana, Tape, Volcano the Bear, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Scatter and Cyann & Ben. After the release of Born in a Night in 2010 other commitments took over and with all three members giving increasing priority to their solo projects, Hassle Hound effectively disbanded.

Hassle Hound were:

Ela Orleans (vocals, violin, guitar, keyboards, toy instruments)
Tony Swain (guitar, bass, samples, keyboards)
Mark Vernon (samples, loops, glockenspiel, keyboards, field recordings, whistles, balloons)
David Fulford (computer, Fender Rhodes, samples, loops)

Discography
2012 – ‘Everything Flows’ LP compilation – various artists (PF Projects)
2010 – ‘Born in a Night’ full length CD/LP(Staubgold)
2007 – ‘La Grande Illusion’ various artists CD (Staubgold)
2006 – ‘Limelight Cordial’ full length CD/LP (Staubgold)
2005 – ‘Childish Music’ various artists CD (Staubgold)
2005 – ‘Jar – a pickled egg collection’ various artists CD (Pickled Egg)
2004 – Appalachian Listening Post – MP3 EP (Twisted Nerve).
2004 – Split 12″ with Sun (Textile)
2003 – ‘Scaring the Grass in the Garden’ 10 ” mini album (Pickled Egg)
2003 – Split 7″ ‘Jukebox 45 Singles’ collectors club 7″ (Twisted Nerve)
2002 – ‘Consumer Report 1’, Consume compilation CD – various artists.
2002 – Music video (by GFM) ‘Evil Eye is Source’ (video compilation)
2002 – Shadazz 3 compilation CD – various artists.
2002 – ‘e.g. Sometime Instant’, Radio Tuesday compilation CD – various artists.
2002 – Shadazz 2 compilation CD – various artists.


Live performances
Live Performances (since 2001)

2007
09 May – Warszawa, CDQ.
10 May – Wroclaw, Firlej.
11 May – Krakow.
12 May – Berlin, Zentrale Randlage.
14 May – Wuppertal, Thalia.
15 May – Hamburg, Astra-Stube.
16 May – Wipperf¸rth, Altes Stadthaus.
17 May – Rotterdam, Worm.
18 May – Rostock, MS Stubnitz.

2006
10 November – Hamburg, Westwerk (with Vernon & Burns).
11 November – Nijmegen, Extrapool.
12 November – Karlsruhe, Kunstverein.
14 November – Cologne.
15 November – Leipzig, Parismoskau.
16 November – Hannover, Feinkost Lampe.
17 November – Berlin, Zentrale Randlage.
23 November – Coventry.
24 November – Pickled Egg Night, Leicester.
26 November – Glasgow (with.The Retroseuals).

2005
20 January – Mono (with Rude Pravo), Glasgow.
05 February – Miso, 13th Note Café, Glasgow (with Tape).
24 February – NKB, Berlin.
24 March – 13th Note Café, Glasgow.

2004
03 March – The Spitz, London (with Scatter and Zukanican).
05 March – The Talbot Hotel, Stoke on Trent (with Scatter).
06 March – The Kif, Liverpool.
08 March – Stereo, Glasgow (with Hanna’s Barber & Slender Whiteman).
04 March – The Rainbow, Birmingham (with Scatter).
11 April – ‘Textile’ festival 2, Instants Chavires, Montreuil, Paris, France.
25 July – Stereo, Glasgow (with Berg san Nipple and Cyan & Benn).

2003
21 February – Arts Café, London (with The Loves).
22 February – Lamplighters, Leicester (with Saloon).
31 March – Stereo (with Knifehandchop), Glasgow.
24 April – Elbow Woble (with Slender Whiteman), Mono, Glasgow.
31 May – One in Four festival, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s, Glasgow.
12 October – Kill Your Timid Notion Fringe festival, Dundee.

2002
21 February – Trans Avant Electronic Festival, Drouthy Neebors, Dundee.
27 February – ‘Shadazz – 2’ c.d. launch, 13th Note Club, Glasgow.
07 March – ‘Textile’ festival – Salle Culturelle du Crous, Reimes, France.
08 March – Instant Chavires, Montreuil, Paris.
(both dates with ‘Vibracathedral Orchestra’ and ‘Mahayoni Mudra’)
10 May – ‘Burning Bush Festival,’ Generator, Dundee.
17 October – ‘Consumer Report’ launch (with Antenna Farm), CCA, Glasgow.
29 October – Textile / Scatter night (with Volcano the Bear), West 13th, Glasgow.

2001
01 March – ‘Multifunktion’, Twisted Nerve night (with Mum & Dad), 13th note Club.
11 March – 13th Note café, Glasgow (with James Orr Complex).
31 March – ‘Consume’ 13th Note café, Glasgow (with Brian Lavelle and others).
05 October – 13th Note club, Glasgow (with Melt Banana).
26 October – ‘Consume’- Glasgow (with Anna Homler and Richard Sanderson).
11 November – 13th Note café, Glasgow (with ‘Bark’ and Brian Lavelle).