1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
We are Hank29. A 2 to 4 piece depending on the weather. Based in Leeds and Glasgow and anywhere in between when we get the chance to meet up. The Yorkshire contingent being Andy Renshaw and Phil Holden and the Celtic fringe from Nulsh (aka Neil Hood) & Tony Hamill. We’ve been recording and releasing music for the last 20 years!
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
After 20 years the styles haven’t really settled down and are still a mixture from alt country through pop punk to dancing trash. With 4 members who have only a slight overlap in musical tastes it makes for an interesting mix. Not always good, but interesting. Still in the process of arguing as to whether a democracy or dictatorship is best in a band if we can be called that.
We’re in our 20th anniversary year and are about to record our 40th album. Despite all probability we are still here, writing, recording and on a fair day playing live. So something must still be working though!
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
Hank29 started in 1998 and is more ore less an outlet of songs from a prolific back catalogue of tunes without a home. At Hank29 every tune and everyone is welcome.
4. Stage or studio?
For the shy and retiring Andy the studio is without doubt the place. This sometimes comes to the annoyance of the Chief who loves the stage. Appearances in recent years therefore have been sporadic. Due to the locations of the members, there is also the annual mobile studio meet up. Usually taking place in a remote cottage in the hills, and often with the resulted output being the next album. We have experimented over the years with moving the full blown studio set up through to trying to combine a mobile version, but the emphasis always being on trying to work with what we’re most comfortable with quickly.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Aside from numerous guitars, banjos, mandolins, we record using Logic and have since 1998, running on whatever Mac we have working at the time. Presonus StudioLive desk, various Red Audio and SE Electronics mics. Martin acoustics and Roland VG8 for all electric guitars. We have kept most of the set up reasonably simple and although Andy enjoys the studio, everyone else just enjoys the playing, so has little time as to what is really happening.
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
We love the Presonus desk, which surprised everyone when we dumped various much grander desks a few years ago. It’s small, simple and very effective for both our sporadic live shows as well as the mobile recording set ups quickly.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
Every album we have ever released is free via our website Hank29.com