Darren Hayman's finest work to date tells tales of illicit sex, dog fights, car crashes and love in the English countryside.
"Essex Arms" is the new 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 Angli-cized Lambchop.
The second in a proposed trilogy of albums about Hayman?s home county of Essex, Essex Arms is a con-ceptual piece about the East Anglian rural underbelly.
Featuring contributions from THE WAVE PICTURES, FANFARLO and, on the single "Calling Out Your Name?, a duet with EMMY THE GREAT, "Essex Arms" achieves all that and more as Hayman paints his pictures of love and squalor in the fields and lanes on the edge of London, in the process reaffirming his credentials as one of Britain?s finest living songwriters.
For Fans Of: HEFNER, THE WAVE PICTURES, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, LAMBCHOP "London's laureate of sexual dysfunction, discomfort, and dog-eared under-achievement...
the match of Ray Davies, or any of the quintessentially English masters." - The Guardian