Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.
Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.
Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.
The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album Red Red Skies was released a year later on Elefant Records in Europe and Matinée Recordings in the USA.
Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indiepop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.
David Callahan is the frontman of The Wolfhounds. Formed in Essex in 1985, the band released four LPs in their first incarnation until 1990 including a spot on the NME’s legendary C86 compilation.
Whilst on hiatus, Callahan resurfaced with the much-lauded Moonshake on the Too Pure label. Co-led with Margaret Fielder, the band was notable for its extensive use of textures and sampler technology in a rock context. Since reforming in 2005 The Wolfhounds have returned with two well-received albums and continue to perform across Europe.