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Sheffield indie stars High Hazels are barely toddlers in their music career – and yet the band are already turning heads in the music industry.

When the Handsworth band, pictured right, formed barely three years ago, they had no idea how rapidly their lives would be transformed.

The band kept a low profile until their material reached a standard they were happy with. The tactic worked.

The band sent a demo to BBC 6 Music – whose staff were impressed.

Now, with the backing of a label, the band have recorded a self-titled debut, which is out now.

James Leesley, frontman and guitarist, says: “It’s been amazing, we were put up in Leeds for a month and recording in the studio every day.

“Most things you imagine to be really good turn out to be rubbish, but this time it was brilliant. We had a great time and it was great to be in a studio.”

The bulk of the album’s material is taken from their EP, In the Half Light, which led to the band being signed.

And High Hazels remainon BBC 6 Music’s radar.

James says: “They have been supportive by playing our tracks. It’s been brilliant.”

High Hazels play The Leadmill, Sheffield city centre, tonight. Tickets are £6 on the door.