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Thirty years ago, The Haywains became recording
artists with the release of the band's first record.
September 1988 saw the arrival of 'The Surfin'
Trowbridge EP' a flexi-disc issued with 'Woosh', a
fanzine and club night based in Newcastle-upon-
I've often joked that punk rock was the best
education I ever had - but really, it was. As an
attitude, punk taught me to express myself, and to
never be afraid of what other people might think of
you. As a timid, acne-ridden adolescent, that was
quite a liberation. Punk also taught me that you don't
need to be an accomplished musician to make a
great record. The opening track of our debut offering
'Bythesea Road', a lovelorn slice of the mundane,
would come to typify just about every Haywains song
Thanks to a thriving indie scene during the late 80's,
we soon met like-minded bands just like ours,
emerging from every corner of the country, fledgling
labels and homespun fanzines, all helping each other
up the ladder. Exciting times indeed.
Looking back, renewed interest in old indiepop is
something none of us expected. In 2014, the Woosh
label's back-catalogue was reissued by Seattle based
Jigsaw Records, and 'Bythesea Road' was revisited
again in 2017 by Cherry Red.
Thanks to Stephen Joyce of Woosh for taking a
mighty leap of faith with us all those years ago.
Thanks also to Dave White of Fast Forward recording
studio for capturing our efforts on his 8 track reel-to-
reel machine. We really had no idea that one day's
work would be history in the making. There's nothing
quite like learning as you go along.
SURFIN’ TROWBRIDGE -
30 YEARS ON!
Issue 2 of 'Woosh' included flexi-discs by The
Haywains, The Driscolls and Strawberry Story.
Jeremy relaxes after singing his vocal track on
Paul in the control room of Fast Forward
Lee Walker and Jeremy in the live room, with
Dave White in the control room behind.
Paul's original 'cut and paste' artwork for the