The Haywains


Veterans of riotous boy/girl jangle-pop, The Haywains formed in Midsomer
Norton, darkest Somerset in early 1988. Characterised by singer Jeremy’s
jovial on-stage banter and a shambling three-chord charm, the band
became familiar faces on Bristol’s thriving indiepop scene of the late
’80’s. Through the early 90’s, the group played across the UK and
notched up a string of 7″ singles for emerging labels of the time
including Elefant Records (Spain), ultimately releasing three albums for
Vinyl Japan.

After disbanding in 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 the
Somerset based punk label Cider City Records.

The Haywains regrouped in 2013 to mark the 25th Anniversary of their
original formation. With four founding members on board, the band have
been enjoying renewed interest, 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 (NL) and newly established
Whoops! Records (UK). The current 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.