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


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

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.

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

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Double Vinyl (including download)

Double CD

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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.

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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.

Songsheet:
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

Maida Vale – Hefner – Red Vinyl (RSD release)

Never before available on vinyl this is a recording of Hefner’s full concert for the John Peel show with brass section and Amelia Fletcher on guest vocals, (released on cult indie label wiaiwya) on 13 May 2022. Available on black and green vinyl.

On the 23rd August 2000 Hefner played a very special show from BBC’s Maida Vale studios to an invited audience for the John Peel show. This was the highlight of a relationship between the band and the greatly revered DJ which saw 5 Peel sessions and four live concerts broadcast on his Radio 1 show.

The concert on this album features an 8 piece version of the band with includes a brass section, pedal steels, ukuleles and violin alongside their own guitars bass and drums. It also features several contributions from Amelia Fletcher, (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Wedding Present, Marine Research). The songs have been newly remixed from the original master tapes.

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Maida Vale Red Vinyl (including download)

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Hefner ‘Bus’ t-shirts!

Hefner t-shirts are back.

Size Chest (to fit):
S – 34/36″ // M – 38/40″ // L – 42/44″ // XL – 46/48″ // XXL – 50/52″

Available in four sizes and four colours. Colour samples below.

Using the design from the ‘Maida Vale’ album.

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Hefner Bus Tee Shirt


Mint Green
Tropical Blue
Jade
Light Blue

Hefner – Dead Media vinyl re-issue

Hefner’s fourth long player, Dead Media was initially released on 24th September 2001 and will be getting a vinyl re-issue (on cult indie label wiaiwya) on 13 May 2022. Available on black and green vinyl.

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Dead Media Black Vinyl (including download)

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Dead Media Green Vinyl (including download)

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