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  • one.

    WHAT DOES YOUR MUSIC LOOK LIKE?

    “I HAVE THIS POSTCARD IN FRONT OF ME WHERE I MAKE MUSIC. IT REMINDS ME THAT SOME THINGS DO GET FINISHED IN THE END.”
  • two.

    DESTROY SOMETHING

    “IT’S DESTROYED BUT EASILY REPAIRED”
  • three.

    TAKE A REALLY COLOURFUL PHOTOGRAPH

    “DEAD BUT BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS”
  • four.

    PHOTOGRAPH SOMETHING ILLEGAL

    “NOT ILLEGAL, BUT THIS 9/11 SNOWSTORM WAS BROUGHT WHILST THE DUST WAS STILL SETTLING”
  • five.

    LOVE IS . . .

    “A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF A 1950S DMU TRAIN BOUGHT FOR ME BY MY WIFE”
  • six.

    DEFINE BRITISHNESS

    “A BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE VIEW”
  • seven.

    HOW HARD DO YOU PARTY?

    “PARTY IN THE CATERING CARRIAGE”
  • eight.

    REMIX A PHOTO

    “LIKE MOST REMIXES - VAGUE”
  • nine.

    PHOTOGRAPH SOMEONE WHO IS NOT EXPECTING IT

    “IN TRUTH MY DOG IS ALWAYS EXPECTING TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED”
  • ten.

    TELL US A SECRET

    “I SOMETIMES DOWNLOAD BIG BANG THEORY AND WATCH IT WHILST I WORK. I SOMETIMES EVEN LAUGH.”
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Interview With Darren Hayman

HYMN FOR YE OLDE WITCH HUNT

Interview With Darren Hayman

HYMN FOR YE OLDE WITCH HUNT

Over the past four years, ex-Hefner head honcho Darren Hayman has released records about lidos, dogging and Russian space canines, and played gigs in libraries, observatories and remote Hebridean Islands. In all that time however, Hayman’s real focus has been on his latest release The Violence, a twenty-track double LP chronicling witch trials – and the subsequent execution of several hundred lonely, widowed women – in ye olde Essex. The album deals with fear and isolation, the way we use our own terror in times of trouble to lash out at the weak, and how societies persecute otherness and outsiders. It is epic in both concept and sound, and bought alive by woodwind scores, trembling strings and decaying church organs, as well as Hayman’s distinctive vocal delivery.

The record constitutes the third installment in Darren’s Essex trilogy, with the previous two albums (Pram Town and Essex Arms) providing an altogether more modern inquisition into new towns, suburbs and the lawless countryside.

You can download We Are Not Evil from The Violence here. The full album is available to buy here. The video for Impossible Times is below. Fill up your mind’s cauldron and let your potions simmer.