Veterans of riotous boy/girl jangle-pop, The Haywains formed in
Midsomer Norton, deepest Somerset in early 1988. Friends at
school, the founder members grew up listening to the early punk
bands. Inspired by The Undertones in particular, they formed
their own ramshackle band that would come to fuse pop melody
with punk attitude.
The Haywains became familiar faces on Bristol’s thriving
indiepop scene of the ‘late 80’s. The band’s raucous live shows
were characterised by singer Jeremy’s jovial on-stage banter
and a shambling three-chord charm.
The band’s first single, “The Fisherman’s Friend E.P.” a true
D.I.Y. effort, self-financed and bagged up by hand, received
some all important airplay from the great John Peel. Through
the early 90’s, the group played nationwide, notching up a string
of 7” singles for emerging labels of the time including Elefant
Records (Spain) and Four Letter Words (USA). The band signed
to Vinyl Japan in 1992, delivering two acclaimed albums for the
label. By the mid 90’s, the guitar-pop underground was moving
mainstream, and the band called it a day in summer 1996.
Songwriter Paul Towler went on to form several other bands –
The Casswells (active between 1997-1998) and The Westfield
Mining Disaster (active from 2006 onwards). Jeremy went on to
co-run punk label Cider City Records. Meanwhile, original
bassist Boyd Rodgers is now a TV actor having played
supporting roles in Broadchurch and Doc Martin.
The Haywains reformed in 2013 to mark the 25th Anniversary of
their original formation. What was only intended as a brief 12
month itinerary quickly proved to be more long running than the
band had expected. With four founding members on board, the
band have been enjoying renewed interest in their music,
making festival appearances in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Reassuringly, today’s line-up isn’t just about nostalgia. The band
continue to deliver new material, continuing their love for 7” vinyl
E.P.s with releases for Cloudberry Records (USA), Dufflecoat
Records (UK), Snowflake Records (Netherlands) and newly
established Whoops! Records (UK). True to their D.I.Y. roots,
the band are still bagging up some of their new releases by
Today’s line-up still possess the raw energy of their youth,
allowing younger audiences to discover a vintage band still at
their wittiest and creative best.