HOCKEYSMITH annie eel Cornwall “Cocteau Twins at a techno rave” management/booking: firstname.lastname@example.org Initially formed as the teenage project of sisters Annabel and Georgie, Hockeysmith acquired shape over the coming years. The debut single Let's Bang’ and debut EP ‘But Blood’ released in 2014 generated attention for it’s mix of electronic acid bass and post punk noise. But Blood, released through British indie label Double Denim, described by Dummy magazine as ‘acieeeed’, ‘there are big beats, hard rock, shoegaze and acid house’. Hockeysmith;’s sound evolved through their immersion in Copenhagen’s underground music scene and their influence of Cornwall’s rave culture. The sisters converted a stable in Cornwall into a recording studio, where Annabel returned to in 2017 as sole member of Hockeysmith. Merging the- collaborative ethos of Copenhagen’s music scene working with the likes of Nis Bysted (Escho/Mayhem) with the stillness of Cornwall to create the 2nd EP ‘Tears at My Age’ in 2019, which The FADER said “bewitches with a hypnotic mix of R&B vocals and the dream-like state created by classic Cocteau Twins material.” Aphex Twin has endorsed and supported Hockeysmith throughout their musical career to date. Following ‘Tears At my Age’ Annabel co-founded and launched the label EEL, a platform to display the ermerging Cornish electronic music scene. The label released ‘Eel, comp 1’, reviewed by Clunk Magazine as “Defiantly left-field, ‘Eel. comp 1’ is a blisteringly strong statement of intent from the collective – and they’re only just warming up’. Hockeysmith’s new collection of recordings (2020) were inspired and written in Cornwall and produced in a city that has also been an inspiration to Hockeysmith’s sound and direction, Paris. The band’s appreciation for disorientating dance music, brooding atmospheres and indulgence of side stepping genres has developed this piece of work into an adventurous collection of electronic layers, undeniable sprinkle of synth pop with a nod to the nostalgic 80s but with a modern twist whilst showcasing Hockeysmith’s vulnerability and lyrical naivety through their love of bubblegum. The Lyrics are resolutely ambiguous, deeply personal with intentional melodic hooks and phrases. Of course, there are musical influences of her first love, the visceral shoegaze textures of MBV, Cocteau twins and Sonic Youth, but what Hockeysmith does, they do so naturally.