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Paul Hayes

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Volume One: Love and Pain and the Whole Damn' Thing. Autocthonous Recordings ATN 24957. Released Dec. 03 '03.
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Roaring out of New Orleans like a small hurricane, the Paul Hayes Band has started to get attention around the Gulf South.

Starting with well-crafted melodic songs, the band stands somewhat uneasily with one foot in the acoustic coffeehouse world and and another foot in a feedback-ridden world of sonic hurt.

Obviously, in this case, influences are many and varied. The guitars owe a big debt to Neil Young, and other "individual" stylists like Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd; Brit folk guitar monster Richard Thompson and janglemeister Johnny Marr.

Hayes writes pretty songs with dark lyrics.
It's easy to believe he lives in a strange and dangerous world, at least in his own mind. He describes "The Back of Town" where the "circus clowns are psychopaths and the children there are vampires" and it conjures up the uneasy euphoria that is New Orleans. Anyone for "magic-realist gothabilly"?

Irish-born songwriter Paul Hayes formed the band around the recording sessions for his first album in 2003. Since then, the band has played mainly selected opening slots for touring bands in the NOLA area, and several well-recieved shows in Florida.

Mr Hayes lives in a shotgun shack in a restaurant parking lot in Uptown New Orleans, LA. He spends his spare time donating blood to mosquitos.

Matt Swiler, a native of Gretna, LA, is also a member of renowned Cajun band "Charivari". He has all his own teeth.

John Trahey is from Chicago, IL, and now resides in Kenner, LA. A devoted rockabilly fan, his mind resides in the mid-1950s.

Tom Marron hails from Champaign, IL, and now lives in New Orleans. He has survived playing with Mr Hayes for several years now.