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The Haywains

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Formed in 1988, Bristol based six piece The Haywains played jangly guitar pop fronted by a distinctive boy-girl duel vocal delivery. The band were to become a familiar name on the UK’s ‘indie-pop’ scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Charismatic singer Jeremy Hunt and guitarist Paul Towler were musically first acquainted in a sloppy sixth-form band, playing mostly covers of one of their favourite bands - The Undertones. After a single ramshackle gig in 1982, the sixteen year old pair wouldn’t see their musical partnership rekindled until six years later with the formation of The Haywains.

The band’s early gigs were rather shambolic affairs with their debut gig boasting a set list of just five songs! Together with guitarist Dave Yelling, Jeremy and Paul would be the only three members to remain with the group throughout an eight year history that witnessed countless line-up changes.

The Haywains began their recording career with the ‘Surfin’ Trowbridge EP’ a flexi-disc issued with a fanzine called ‘Woosh!’ in 1988. The record’s opening track ‘Bythesea Road’ would remain one of the band’s staple live favourites throughout their career. The following year, the band released their first 7” single ‘The Fisherman’s Friend EP’ on their own Emily’s Shop label. Lofthouse of Fleetwood, the company who manufacture the famous ‘Fisherman’s Friend’ lozenges, gave the band permission to reproduce the well known Fisherman’s Friend branding for the cover. The single received healthy reviews and air-play by John Peel.

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