Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman on Thursday 31st March performing songs from Hefner’s We Love the City and Dead Media.
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 third album, We Love the City, became the critical and commercial highlight of their short, intense career. By this time Hayman had started to develop a sharp, incisive voice. The song narratives now took place in the toilets and kitchens of everyday British homes. Hayman sang about the thread on skirt hems and the hairline cracks in the china as well as the tears on cheeks. Hefner’s fourth and final album, Dead Media, presented an erratic creative left turn. Largely leaving their guitars in their cases, the band made a bizarre, stuttering bleeping confection on ancient analogue synths.
Hattie Cooke is a solo artist, composer and producer. In 2016 she released her eponymous debut album with Third Kind Records. Having supported a number of acclaimed musicians including Jeffrey Lewis, Haiku Salut and RM Hubbert, Cooke initially garnered a reputation as a writer of gently crafted, melancholic pop and folk songs. In 2019, she released her first instrumental album, The Sleepers. It’s critical and commercial popularity cemented her position as one to watch on the UK electronic music scene. Hattie’s third album Bliss Land received a dinked edition and was released in 2021 to critical acclaim.