New EP Books have arrived! Pre-order now!

We have made the cover of our EP into a small book, filled with lyrics and photographs it is the visual counterpart to the listening experience or the token souvenir after you have experienced us live. Here is our friend and artist Jamie Worsfold, who designed the thing, holding the thing.

HI BB Physical book

We will be doing a small UK tour, dates coming soon. Till then, you can pre-order here.


‘Blood Burst’ EP premiered on Bristol’s award winning Community Radio station!

If you want a sneak preview of our new EP, DJ Phil Vickery of the ‘Intune’ show at BCFM played on 16th jan. You can still listen here! We will be releasing it properly through Crystal Fuzz Records on the 20th March 2015. More details to follow!


SOCIAL SKILLS release CASSETTE on Crystal Fuzz! {annie on bass}…

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Hi everyone! Last year my dear friend Debi Withers from Drunk Granny and Bellies! asked me if I wanted to join her, Alice Hyde and Bea Farley in making some music. The premise was to just see what happened. We surprised ourselves, and if we didn’t, we made sure we did eventually! Crystal Fuzz, my tiny label, has put out a cassette of the fun we had for 6 months. It is called ‘Feb-July 2013’. The cassette and the digital downloads are a document/artefact of that time. A musical imprint of the chemistry we had. In the true spirit of punk, post punk, it aint meant to slip passed your ears like liquid mercury, it’ll challenge you. In the words of the mighty Minutemen ‘This aint no picnic’. We made it cos we wanted to. Listen to a moment captured. Do check it out… cat’s like it I hear…


Thanks for your support as always!

Annie xx

So we’re a band that smiles… and gigs announced!

Hi summer 2014

Found a picture where we are smiling, thought it would either make you want to hit us or make you laugh…either way, its us and makes a change from resident band facial expressions. And these are our next shows.

26th July Hilters Fruit Farm, Gloucestershire with Gonga, Big Joan, Pohl, Drone Soul and more.
31st July Wharf Chambers, Leeds Bomb The Twist presents…with Nina and Acre Tarn £5/£7
2 -3rd August Eclectica Festival, Kraak Gallery, Manchester with Jessica Hoop, Esper Scout, Factory Acts and loads more. We are playing on the 3rd but Annie is hosting a panel discussion about the Music Industry on the 2nd come along!
6 th September – Riba Rocks Festival nr Barcelona, Spain.

Come and find us on FACEBOOK where there are posts every few days with tickets, and up to date information… or on Twitter, where there is gossip, splurges and nonsense.

Please check out Film maker and music video director Graeme Maguire’s latest short film ‘Gentlemen’. I made the soundtrack (Annie), poet Marcus Slease made the words, it stars Rick Hambleton, Natalie Jennifer Brown [The Jelas] and Mo Habibidibibiti with assistant director Sarah Maguire and filmed at The Cube in Bristol.


More gigs to be announced soon 🙂 x Annie

Mike Watt and the Missingmen and our next show!!

Thanks everyone who came to see Mike Watt last night and enjoyed our supporting slot. We were like pigs in mud all night! Manflu were mental and brilliant in equal measure and Mike Watt and the Missingmen had me in tears…definitely check out ‘Hyphenated-Man’ if you haven’t already over at Mike’s Hootpage.

We are next playing in…

26th April, Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield. This is a LaDIYfest Sheffield HOLE tribute night! We’re going up to Sheffield with Annette Berlin. Facebook event page here

Keep in touch with us: @hiband

We got more coming, but we are announcing one at a time 🙂

Annie xx

Oh here is me and Mike Watt… was so blown away!

Bass is the PLACE!

Bass is the PLACE!

Translation/ Transmission – Opens Sunday!

This is a must for everyone and that’s all!

Translation/ Transmission

Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space is nearly upon us!

We open on Sunday 9 March at 1pm with Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle, directed by Pascale Obobo. The film will be preceded by a very special performance of Mento and Calypso songs from local singer Nia Melody.

Calypso Rose sings into the microphone

An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 recorded songs, she continues to be a pioneer and champion of women’s rights, as she travels the world making music. French-Cameroonian filmmaker Pascale Obolo spends four years with Calypso Rose on a very personal journey. Travelling to Paris, New York, Trinidad and Tobago and to her ancestral home in Africa, we learn more about Calypso Rose in each place, and the many faces and facets of her life. The daughter of an illiterate…

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‘Visions of Trees’ – video and behind the scenes…

After screening to a select audience at the Cube on Wednesday night, our video single for ‘Visions of Trees‘ is at last available for all to see. Louder Than War exclusively hosted the online premiere – thanks to Guy Manchester and the team there! You can now share it directly on your own blogs and Facebook walls and so on – and please do. See it here:



Behind the scenes…

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A story about the making of Visions of Trees by Annie Hysterical:

My good friend Gem Lye (known to many as the beautiful Burlesque dancer Miss Gemma Sheree) and I often meet for tea and talk about the world, art, music, films. I told Gem we wanted to make a video for ‘Visions of Trees’ and started to explain my idea. At the time I was thinking it should be an animation of a hand drawing the images of the lyrics. She liked the idea, as did Wes our good friend and manager, but then we got talking about films. Gem’s knowledge about films inspired me as she started asking if I had seen this or that.. I hadn’t seen any of them.. they were mostly horror films and I am a wimp when it comes to those. One of the things that always intrigued me about David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway‘ was the bit about the CCTV footage being a memory the main guy couldn’t remember. The switching of the Patricia Arquette character from wife to someone else is also interesting. The idea of a female character switching between a victim and a perpetrator is nothing new, though. It was only the other day I watched a film that had the lead lady role played by Jean Simmons as a maid, stepping into the shoes of her employers dead wife – wearing her clothes, perfume, hairstyle, etc. Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ comes to mind too. When I was writing the lyrics these were the thoughts floating around that ended up in the lyric as – ‘no image picture maker, no grapevine, let me remember, how it happened‘. There are all kinds of ways we remember things – Cameras, gossip, social media… the character in the song, like the main character in ‘Lost Highway’, is seeking to find his/her own memory unfettered by outside sources. Once Gem and I had talked this through, she suggested I watch ‘Last House on The Left‘ by Wes Craven. His first film as director and writer; full of style, horror and slapstick that I really loved as well – as really horrible bits that I couldn’t look at – the hands in the intestines being one example. Here it is plain that Sadie ‘the animal like woman’ and Phyllis embody the roles of ‘perpetrator’ and ‘victim’ – although she starts out as the ‘rebel’, between Phyllis and Mari the former is definitely the ‘victim’.. Sadie and Phylis informed our characters in Visions of Trees; one hungry and crazed, depicted in front of the orange curtain; and the other frightened, confused, and searching for a memory that the camera tells her she should have. When we were talking through the murder scenes in both films we got to researching real murders in America, mainly, and we were surprised at what we could find. All the real police Crime Scene photos were at the top of Google. We took the photos of the Hillside Strangler serial killer cousins because weirdly they looked something you might see in a Vogue fashion shoot. The positions of these corpses became an inspiration for our murder scenes. We shot the video in Breech Woods outside Bath. We were told a bit about the history by Sarah, a friend of Gem’s, who took me and my friend Millie [also known as Jemima Surrender] on a tour. She told us that it had been a Medieval Plague Burial ground and the wood was said to be haunted. It certainly felt old and reminded me of the woods in ‘Last House on the Left’. We filmed it on two cameras, a Sony TRV20 Digital Video and a Kodak Play Sport DIS. Tom and I filmed it with help from [my daughter] Talula over a period of eight shooting days. There were early evenings in the summer and a day in the winter with the Detectives played by Jenny Howe [who played guitar in Vile Vile Creatures] and Samantha Lowe [ who played drums in Drunk Granny] were involved. I was also interested in the idea that a music video could be filmed by the band rather than the band being filmed. While my brother loves the camera, I don’t really. So, in the video there are always two camera angles. I edited at home on Final Cut express with additional help with editorial tweaks and a final colour grade from our friend Jamie Worsfold who has made our music videos for ’24 Hour Glass’, ‘Maths’, ‘Cycle One’ and ‘Icebreak’. So… that’s some of the story behind our 4 minute film! Check it out and keep in touch… and remember – to keep from fainting, keep repeating… it’s only a music video… only a music video… only a music video…

SADIE visions of trees

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