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

Calling Out Your Name Again by Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern (featuring Emma Lee Moss)- Video

The Green and the Grey – CD and Download

Released 7th June 2011

A special low price CD and download featuring 16 additional songs from the Essex Arms sessions.

The sessions for Essex Arms were unlike those for many of Darren’s records. Mulitple versions and many unused songs were recorded. We’ve collected the best on this low price CD and download

Songs: The Green and the Grey, Essex Arms, Nothing You Can Do About It (alternate version), No Undo, Cocoa Butter (demo version), Until We Got Bored, Beach Head, Sleep Through the Afternoon, Horror Video Nights, She Can Cook, The Winter Makes You Want Me More (alternate version), Spiderman Beats Ironman (alternate version), 0s and 1s, Sting and his Lute, Trees and Leaves.

Buy The Green and the Grey on CD for £7 (includes P and P)

Or buy the downloads from Bandcamp for £5

Calling Out Your Name Again – 7″ EP

Calling Out Your Name Again

Originally released 11th October 2010

‘Calling Out Your Name Again’ is the second single from Essex Arms, featuring Emmy The Great and available both on 7-inch and as a digital download. Darren and Emmy sing about illicit love in abandoned cars, accompanied by buzzing strings and frenetic percussion. The song is backed by three other tracks from the album sessions; ‘Essex Arms’, ‘Beach Head’ and ‘Until We Got Bored’.

All of the songs on this release can also be found on The Green and the Grey