Ross Muir
Independent Music Reviewer & Music Promotion
Freelance Writer
"Putting the Words to the Music"
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Geoff Carne and the Hatz (the live performance duo of rock/ blues singer-guitarist Geoff Carne and long-time musical partner, drummer Mick Hatz) will release an EP entitled 4 Play on February 23rd (carried by some digital sites on February 16th).

4 Play follows on from the rock and garage blues stylings of the duo’s 2016 album Get Close, which garnered favourable review from the likes of Liverpool Sound and Vision and Pete Feenstra for Get Ready To Rock!; Geoff Carne’s 2014 solo album, One To One, also received favourable review, including from FabricationsHQ.
On the EP the Carne and Hatz team are joined by Paul Mex (producer, mixer, bass guitar, piano).

As regards the direction of the 4 Play material and the differences between Geoff Carne and the Hatz as a live duo and the three-piece heard on 4 Play, Geoff Carne explained to FabricationsHQ that "on the EP we moved more into a riff and 12 bar blues route for the first three songs ('Down and Out,' 'Maybe Someday,' 'Medicine Man') before finishing with a piano mix of the rock ballad 'Forgiven,' which was a single last summer.
Our producer Paul Mex plays piano on the track and added some subtle bass lines all to the songs, making them more radio friendly.
Live, we remain the vocal, guitar and drums two-piece outfit Geoff Carnes and the Hatz!"

Ross Muir 31-01-18

GEOFF CARNE & the RAW ROX Band

  GEOFF CARNE's Acoustica

​    GEOFF CARNE & the HATZ​​

Photographs by Jane Hatz on location at: the Picturedrome,Holmfirth 2015 and above right at Didcot Civic Hall 2016.

​Above: "PowerPlay Magazine" April Edition (207)  2018

British ​Rock (with a Blues influence)

​JUNE/JULY Edition 2018 P.111.

​R2 Magazine (May/June 2016) 

(INFO and MEDIA Reviews)

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​Geoff live and in conversation on 'Sue Marchant's Big Night In' on BBC Cambs/Essex/Norfolk & Suffolk Sunday Oct 6th,2019.

BLUES MATTERS (P.89). AUG/SEPT Edition 2016.CD REVIEWs:  
GEOFF CARNE AND THE HATZ
GET CLOSE
Advision UK

This album hits you in the face with a no-holds-barred barrage of blues played with passion. You have Geoff Carne on vocals, Mick Hatz on percussion along with Paul Mex on bass and electric piano. What you have on this collection is nine original songs by Mr Carne, which are all energetic and empowering. The opening cut Out In The Country has a powerful hypnotic riff, which is followed by the track Lost In You, again with a driving rhythm backdrop. Another Piece Of Me is a heartfelt blues ballad. Giving Me The Blues illustrates the driving vocal eloquence of Carne’s phrasing. Throughout the whole album, this lyrical excellence is evident with a vocal style is reminiscent of Free’s Paul Rodgers. Together with the Paul Mex’s bass-line and Mick Hatz’s drumming, this trio comes across as a force to be reckoned with. All this said, this album tended to me to be quite repetitive, lacking in light and shade, but still it is a brilliant showcase for Carne and the Hatz and wouldn’t stop me going to see them live.

BOB BONSEY

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LIVE: Geoff is available for solo acoustic shows please state whether you would like an original/cover versions or originals only show via the contact page.


Geoff started the return to rock journey with the 'One to One' album (2014), then with drummer Mick Hatz on the Geoff Carne & the Hatz project to work on progressing the British Rock blues-driven genre. The release of the 'Get Close' album,'4 Play'/'Kids' EP's, and various singles up to their last release together 'Caught On The Outside' in February 2020 provides a good sample of their works. The solo acoustic shows are now unlikely to go ahead through 2020 due to the virus shutdown. The 3 "Acoustica E.P.s" have been released and a new collaboration with North London's "Raw Rox Band" courtesy of producer Paul Mex on the forthcoming "Big Town" album have been recorded. 'The Raw Rox Band' is a collection of experienced session musician's who all worked in once-thriving British Record Industry for major labels such as Island, Jive, and EMI.  

​The Raw Rox Band are: Jim Black (Bass Guitar), Zoki Jovanoski (Drums), Bob Calvert (Keyboard) & Arby 'Slash' Rockman (Lead Guitar)

 

Ongoing radio support has come from 'Get Ready to Rock' (incl. The Pete Feenstra Show), Tony Corner's show Rock-Radio UK, Pablo & the Blues Show on Paisley FM/MyRock-Radio, Severn FM (Dr. Wart Hoover), HRH Rock/Blues/Crows Show with DJ Moto, Jezza Locke BSR (Bristol), Angel Gareth BGFM (Wales), Stockport FM, Harry Simpson (North-East/Redcar), NCB (Cornwall), Deal Radio (Kent), Forest FM (Dorset), Nottingham Radio, Sedgemoor FM (Bridgwater), Wolverhampton Radio, Choice (Worcester), Tircoed (Swansea), Radio Rcc (Italy), Flores FM (Argentina), Various 365 shows in the USA and Jango Worldwide.


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​Production via Paul Mex (see Links for details).

​Both CD's available at gigs are set at special price of £7.50 each or £10 for the two.

​Major act support slots have included the likes of  'Snakecharmer','Focus' (Both at the Picturedrome.Holmfirth,Yorks) and 'Dr.Hook' (At the Watford Colosseum,Herts).