“Shamelessly good rock served in the most unpardonable of ways” - Against The Odds
"Over the coming months, we’d wager people will be stumbling across Black Hay, because, well, it is something rather brilliant. It’s dark, Jim. And it’s rude, dirty rude.
Favourites round here are the muck and lust of ‘I Feel Something’, have a listen, it’ll make you blush. And there’s the heartbreaking Lemonheads-y ‘Skinny Wings’ (“you’ll never make it with the angels with such a skinny pair of wings”), but where it really parks tanks is the duo of “Open Up” and “Lord Rest My Soul”.
In these two songs you can hear an artist going places. They sound like songs way beyond a debut from an unsigned artist. If the piano gospel of “Lord Rest My Soul” is in any way some indication of where Black Hay are headed, consider this a warning. We might have just written about a band who we can finally say told you so about.
The album is out on 16 March, don’t muck about eh? Get it. Consider it an investment." - mynewfavouriteband
"Swaggering rock-noir that seeks out the seam of self-harming, death-trip paranoia submerged beneath the entertaining surface of rock ‘n’ roll and drags it struggling and squirming into the light. Not that Romantic Music For Perverts isn’t an entertaining record, and it’s neither as dark or as gothy as that description might seem to imply, but the bullshit typical of rock has been expunged, and replaced as a defence against the awful nature of the truth (whatever that may be) with a sour, sneering sense of humour. The sounds are those of hard rock, moving with a deliberate, ponderous heft, shot through with an acidly accessible feeling for melody. The songs are written with a sophisticated understanding of what makes a rock song work, extended in some direction or other to a logical extreme, performed with a measured insouciance and a gritty melancholy. Black Hay’s debut album is, despite everything I’ve just said, a lot of fun, a darkly humorous and musically powerful take on sex, death and all of that rock ’n’ roll psychodrama malarkey. For me there’s a spin on this material, a critical edge in the way its presented, that lifts it from the entertainingly stylish to the surpassingly excellent." - Oliver Arditi oliverarditi.com