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Hiding Places synthesizes the sound of four 'fluid instrumentalists'

Hiding Places pictured on June 18, 2021.
Photo Courtesy of Kyle Vollmar/Hiding Places.
Buy Photos Hiding Places pictured on June 18, 2021. Photo Courtesy of Kyle Vollmar/Hiding Places.

Fueled by Cosmic Cantina and inspired by WXYC, local band Hiding Places is solidifying its place in the Chapel Hill music scene. 

Hiding Places is made up of Anthony Cozzarelli, UNC alumni Nicholas Byrne and Henry Cutting and UNC senior Audrey Keelin.

The four describe themselves as “fluid instrumentalists” who are not confined to playing one specific instrument within the band. Instead, they said they fill multiple roles both instrumentally and creatively when it comes to songwriting. 

Keelin and Cozzarelli met in high school in Asheville. Keelin connected with Byrne and Cutting through their mutual connections to WXYC, the University’s student-run radio station. The group eventually formed a band during the pandemic in late 2020.

Keelin said their listeners have described their music as neo-psychedelic, indie, grunge and Americana. However, Hiding Places is not concerned with fitting into a specific genre. Instead, they describe their music as genuine and exploratory.

“Each song sounds very different. We have some songs that are super low-key country and other songs that are heavy rock. So it's just all of our influences combined,” Cutting said.

The four members each bring individual influences to the band, seeking inspiration from well-known groups such as The Beatles and local songwriters such as Asheville’s Colin Miller. Their influences feed off of each other and come together to create their eclectic sound.

“Audrey and Anthony are from Asheville, which has a really strong music scene. Henry's from Wilmington, which also has a strong music scene. And I'm from Athens, Georgia, which also has a great scene,” Byrne said. “Chapel Hill is just the place that we convened and met each other, and it's the place where it started.”

The band cites local venues such as Cat’s Cradle and Nightlight as part of what makes Chapel Hill an attractive place to start their project. Byrne said the town has been a very supportive community and a place that the band has always gone back to.

Keelin describes Chapel Hill’s music scene as unique due to its connection to WXYC and its ever-changing audience, which is largely made up of students. 

“There’s a lot of love and a lot of collaboration happening for Hiding Places right now, which is super sick. A lot of community — everyone's just holding us,” Keelin said.

As far as the future of the band goes, there is a lingering possibility of record deals. 

“We have our eyes on some opportunities,” Cutting said. “Some contacts in the music industry have found us and we're just kind of waiting to see what happens. We don't really have any expectations, but so far, so good.” 

As of now, Keelin said she feels grateful for just being around such close-knit local music communities and has an open mind for goals and future outcomes for the band.

Hiding Places will release a new EP on Nov. 4, which will be available on all music platforms. 

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