After opting out of their contract with Universal, Sister Hazel released their most recent CD, Chasing Daylight, on their own label, Sixthman. And why not? These days, if you're not one of the handful of bands given the zillion-dollar marketing push by your label, you might as well cut your losses and go back to the days of DIY. Clearly the Gainesville, Florida, quintet was at that stage of the game.
The very definition of a mainstream jangle-pop band, Sister Hazel belongs in the company of Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Edwin McCain, Hootie and the Blowfish and matchbox twenty. Fans of those bands will almost surely take some pleasure in hoisting a few brewskis to bright, accessible tunes such as "Your Mistake" "Effortlessly" and "One Love" from the new album, as well as older favorites such as "Change Your Mind" and "Champagne High." One thing's for sure: This band's not about to give up -- and good for them.