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Combining elements of both rock and folk music, along with disturbingly personal sentiments, dark humor, and a voice able to channel both the falsetto highs of Neil Young and the wavering raspy low tones of Leonard Cohen, Toronto’s Hayden Desser has spent the last 15 years creating uniquely affecting music.

The critically acclaimed musician first appeared in the early ’90s armed with only his four-track tape recorder, his unexpectedly low vocal range, and an extremely detuned guitar. Going simply by the name Hayden, he recorded his self-released cassette, In September, in 1994, and much of the material included evolved into his first proper LP, 1995’s Everything I Long For. Initially self-released on his own Hardwood Records, the debut disc toed the line between beautiful and horrifying, touching on simple details of human interaction as well as delving into macabre tales that still retained an oddly personal edge. After a year of touring Canada, E.T.I.L.F. was picked up by Outpost Recordings (Geffen) and was released worldwide in early 1996. Tours of the U.S., Europe and Japan took up most of 1996, as well as writing and recording the title track to the Steve Buscemi-directed Tree’s Lounge. Hayden’s second full-length record. The Closer I Get (1998) was recorded in Toronto, Bearsville, N.Y., Seattle and Los Angeles. After another year of touring, Hayden closed the book on chapter one of his musical endeavors.


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  • BiskitFoo

    Are you going to Field Trip Music Festival on June 8th? I'm looking for VIP passes - 2 at the minimum, if you have more than that, this is welcomed too. I'm willing to trade my 4 GA passes straight up for 2 VIP passes, GA passes + cash, or just cash period. Please let me know. I'm open to negotiation. Drop a comment on my profile, or send me a message.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • skiare

    Let it last

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Northward

    After "Elk Lake Serenade" the number of strong songs decreased with every record. Best song here: Instructions. My humble opinion.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • robosteven25

    Everything I Long For made me fall in love with down-tuned guitars. Fuck yeah Hayden.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bustertheblade

    I will never forget seeing you play Maxwell's in front of about 15 people. Those were lucky people that night.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Genius16

    This man entertained me through many a high school night.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Drainthewell

    I want you to know that I am so thankful that you're here.

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • qrunqe

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jkausel

    Hayden defining the human experience for almost two decades, ever grateful!

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • kah-nayt


    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • theugne

    dude your git was never extreamly detuned. wtf...

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • williamaimi

    One of my favorite artists ever. Its all so good

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • HampusForever

    elk lake was the most sophorific sleeping pill I've ever digested...

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • tcejosh

    elk-lake serenade > everything else

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Kimberly-Jade

    Ohhh Hayden...

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • cakin93

    so good

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • bada_bada

    bass song !!

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • kHillmatic

    I'd like to hear him do a bit of the heavier stuff like you heard on the first two records again.... Something like "In September" or just generally noisier. The new stuff IS great, though.

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • JayIan

    Thank you Hayden, thanks...and just about right on time. Much relation.

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • bluedahlia

    Beautiful music and yes so underrated!

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
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