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More Break Up Songs by New Starts

Pre-order for release date on 16th August 2024 (records usually sent out before or on release date).

Darren has formed a new band with Giles (bass), Joely (guitar) and Will (drums).

“I wanted to have a band that’s like a first band when you’re young. Where you work out how you sound together by embracing four different personalities. I went full Tin Machine’

The album is recorded live with just two guitars, drums, bass and vocals. It is the most rocking Darren has ever sounded.

First single ‘Under the Striplights’ is out on streaming platforms already, shake a leg.

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Buy New Starts More Break Up Songs on CD

Buy New Starts More Break Up Songs


FPOP95 Format: CD / Vinyl / Download Released: 04 October 2010

The new album from ex-Hefner man Darren Hayman and his band of folk-rock renegades is their finest work to date

Essex Arms is the third album by Darren Hayman And The Secondary Modern. Darren, of course, is best known as the singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner, although it’s worth noting that he has now made six albums to Hefner’s four. In the latest incarnation of the constantly morphing Secondary Modern he has gathered together a set of musicians with the chops to do justice to his increasingly complex and mature songs; a tight, tough, but soulful folk-rock orchestra reminiscent of a more urban Incredible String Band or an Anglicized Lambchop.

The second in a proposed trilogy of albums about Hayman’s home county of Essex, Essex Arms is a conceptual piece about the East Anglian rural underbelly. Whereas Pram Town (2009) dealt with the displacement and ennui of living in a new town (Harlow) – and received the best reviews of Hayman’s post-Hefner career – Essex Arms takes the narrative to the countryside.

Buy Essex Arms on CD

Buy Essex Arms on vinyl (with download code)


Or buy the download from Bandcamp for £7

snö – Various Artists – 3CD set

Darren Hayman and John F Morrison reunite for their first ‘French’ track in over twenty years. Jack Hayter also contributes to this 3 CD compilation of Winter ambient music.

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Sno – triple CD – Various Artists

Tour with Withered Hand

Tues 21st Nov New Adelphi, Hull

Weds 22nd Nov Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

Thursday 23rd Nov JT Soar, Nottingham SOLD OUT

Early Show 6pm NOW ADDED –

Sat 25th Nov Pop Records, Sunderland

Mon 27th Nov Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tues 28th Nov Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield

Weds 29th Nov Night & Day Cafe, Manchester

Thurs 30th Nov The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Fri 1st Dec Green Note, London SOLD OUT

Sat 2nd Dec Green Note, London (matinee show) 

Sun 3rd Dec Common Ground, Oxford

The Last Dog Walk

A 72 page book of Darren’s first ever painting exhibition.

The Last Dog Walk is a collection of paintings about solitude, loneliness and envy. Each painting is accompanied by a new Hayman lyric or line of poetry.

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Darren Hayman Solo Art Exhibition

Darren is holding what is really his first ever exhibition of his paintings at Art Dog in Honour Oak in London from the 20th July to the 30th July.

39 previously unseen nightscapes with be revealed as well as a book of the exhibition.

The evening of the 20th July will be an opening with Darren’s new band playing. You are all invited.

Lido – Record Store Day Vinyl Re-issue 2023

Order the RSD 2023 reissue of Lido here…

We have re-issued my instrumental album based on open air swimming pools for Record Store Day 2023. It’s an all new package with new art, clear vinyl and a beautiful booklet with all my paintings in it.

I have just 60 copies of this, order quick!

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Lido Vinyl (including download)

You Will Not Die – Darren Hayman – released 4th November 2022

“You Will Not Die” from Darren Hayman
4th November 2022 on double vinyl & double CD from Fika Recordings

Following a stream of thematic and conceptual albums over the last 15 years Darren Hayman has recently returned to a more introspective, personal kind of music. Darren received critical praise, awards and government grants for albums about the witch trials in the English Civil War; the mid 20th-century boom in new towns; forgotten rural communities; and the political writings of William Morris.

“You Will Not Die is about relationships of all kinds beginning and ending, but it’s also about our interior lives and how we process change as we get older. I was thinking about mortality and the temporariness of everything but also thinking of that fragility as a very beautiful thing to try and put into music.”

“I think of this record as taking place at night, in contrast to the daytime setting of Home Time. This is an album about empty dance floors, lacklustre parties and lonely night buses home.” The record is entirely electronic and recorded on Darren’s collection of ’70s synthesisers. “These instruments themselves are very fragile and mortal, they corrode and decay and behave in erratic ways. They do however, remain alive, for now.”

Darren is the only musician on the album and the music conforms to a strict set of self-imposed rules; only one voice, only 12 tracks, only one polyphonic instrument. ̈Through this control and limited palette I found new melodies and structures. I wanted these old machines to guide me towards my most human record. ̈

‘A Real Human Being’ is inspired by Darren’s experience of life drawing. “Modern life encourages us to reduce people to images, jokes, memes. In life drawing, you’re treating the person as a form, watching where the light and shadows fall, and then you’re reminded that they are real, alive.”

In ‘No Lime for the Gin’, a group of old friends is reunited in middle age, holding a half-hearted party where the talk is dominated by their hopes and broken dreams. ‘Turn My Grey Tick Blue’ is a wry look at the anxieties of dating in the digital age.

‘You Were Always Here’ ends the album on an optimistic note. Finding love late in life, the narrator ruminates on how the bad things happened for a reason, and that perhaps we always end up where we’re supposed to be.

“In recent years my life has had its own upheavals and it would seem weird not to have this emerge in my music,” says Darren. Home Time (2020) was a bright, acoustic, set of songs but was, at its heart, a break- up album. “I wanted to make fun of myself and of this kind of record.”

You Will Not Die is a much slower and more brooding voyage through similar waters. It is a seductive, soulful collection of songs and instrumentals that sits among Darren’s most emotive and intelligent work.

“bold and unique” The Sunday Times
“Hayman has hit a creative purple patch… a treat” Mojo
 “uniquely intimate and very satisfying” BBC

Pre-order the double vinyl here…

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Double Vinyl (including download)

Double CD

You can also buy the download from Bandcamp here…

Hefner Peel and Lamacq Sessions bundle deal. 3 x double seven inch packs

Hefner John Peel Session 13.08.98, Lamacq session 15.07.98 and Lamacq session 24.03.99 all together in one bundle. Each one is a double seven inch with gatefold and sleeve notes by Darren Hayman and a total of 12 postcards.

Pre-order the Lamacq and Peel session together. Prices include P and P.

John Peel and Steve Lamacq Session TRIPLE BUNDLE x double seven inch pack

Hefner – Steve Lamacq Session 15.07.98 – Double Seven Inch

Third and final Hefner contribution to the Precious singles series … and what a contribution it is, a session from Steve Lamacq’s ‘Live Lounge’ with a Jonathan Richman cover in the mix. The download will also include ‘The Hymn For The Cigarettes’, which the band played live into the show from Maida Vale. Plus the package includes a set of four ‘Hefner does DiY’ postcards by Darren Hayman, which any self-respecting fan will surely want. And he’s done his usual top job on the sleeve notes.

The Weight Of The Stars, The Hymn For The Things We Didn’t Do, Every Little Gesture, To Hide A Little Thought

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Steve Lamacq Session Two 7 inch pack