Hallan are a Portsmouth-based four piece who write and rehearse in an 18th-century fortification built into the side of a hill and surrounded by a forest. It’s within these dramatic surroundings that frontman, Conor Clements channels the frustrations, insecurities and events of early adulthood into his lyrics. Which are littered with observational poetry and messages of reassurance that you’re not alone in this overwhelming world. With the band drawing influences from the people they cross every day – in the supermarket aisles, on your Facebook feed, next door neighbours. Hallan observe and commentate on British life via an Orwell-influenced bleak vision of the future and the cut-up style of Burroughs and other beat generationers.
Hallan have already started to build an army of local fans. Their last headline show sold out far in advance and having supported the likes of Porridge Radio and Sports Team, the future looks bright for the seaside town’s exciting, young act.