Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman on Thursday 24th March performing songs from Hefner’s Breaking God’s Heart and The Fidelity Wars.
Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Throughout his prolific solo career he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.
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, mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. The second album, The Fidelity Wars, shifted the songwriting focus to the personal and remains a fan favourite.
By his own account, Michael J. Sheehy has pissed away two or three careers. Having formed Dream City Film Club in 1995, the band released two albums on Beggar’s Banquet before disbanding in 1999. Despite a few bumps along the road, he has continued making music as a solo artist and as part of the rock band Miraculous Mule and as one half of psychedelic electronic duo United Sounds of Joy. His latest album, The Crooked Party Sings, is his first in a decade and is finely crafted collection of bastardised folk songs, murder ballads, traveller tunes and sea songs.