Meet the formidable duo taking their uniquely non-Irish sound to new heights.
Taken from the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Rollacoaster. Pre-order your copy now.
With a name as unique as Hare Squead, the now-band of two consist- ing of Lilo Blues and Tony Konstone are pretty hard to miss – especially with their versatile and self-proclaimed non-genre defining sound. For those wondering, their band name was created from the flip of the words ‘square head’ – pretty genius if you ask us.
The duo have been on quite a rollercoaster (pardon the pun), over the past two years, following the exit of third member Jessy Rose – a treasured member of the team taking time out to focus on his mental health. Taking 18 months out themselves to restructure the group, the boys are back and hungry for world domination. Having just wrapped their “Minor Gangsters” European tour and recently releasing Supernormal follow-up EP “Superweird”, their monthly listeners are on the up and enthusiasm from fans is being revived.
They re-introduced themselves to the world as a formidable multi-talent, yet often find themselves pigeon-holed as rappers. But contrary to popular belief, Blues and Konstone say that, although they may “have a couple of bars” in them, “we swear, we can’t rap – we just make music”. The only intention they have with their music is to keep people positive and having fun, and with the youthful exuberance that these boys have, they shouldn’t face any problems with their mission.
Recently discovering that their fans are predominantly based in the states, perhaps the wrong city stole their hearts; with their return including a relocation from their hometown of Dublin to the hectic UK capital of London. “People in London just love to party, eat food early in the morning and then party late at night,” the pair say of the cultural exchange the city has given them. “Oh, and they say they get ‘lost in the sauce’ a lot.”
After clearing up the means of the phrase with the assistance of Urban Dictionary, the boys let slip on some Irish jargon of their own – “instead of ‘bruv’, we say ‘chap’”. Since the move, their lingo has adapted to include both London colloquialisms and American slang – but the boys do promise future tracks emphasising their Irish accents.
With a European tour done, and Superweird released into the wild, I wonder what’s next for the boys. “Oh don’t start,” they joke, “we haven’t thought that far ahead yet. We’ve realised that things don’t happen the way you want it to, you have to live day by day as life just punches you in the dick. We just ride the wave and are really into that right now”. However, one thing they did let slip is that they’re thinking about switching up their musical aesthetic for a few months, swap- ping out bass-heavy bops for the creation of some “proper Irish rock songs”. And regarding their fans, “If they fuck with the vision, they will want to ride along, so we are gonna do what we want to do, because that’s what got us here in the first place”.
It certainly sounds like these boys are going to be more than busy. “Maybe we need to chill out,” they say, “we don’t want to get ‘lost in the sauce’.” I have a feeling they’ll be just fine.