As he prepared for the release of 'Home Time', his 17th album, Darren Hayman speaks to Ben Howarth about his most personal album and his reflections on the end of his epic, award-winning 'Thankful Villages' project.
Former Hefner member Jack Hayter speaks to Ben Howarth about his new album which was inspired by a year spent living in the suburb of Abbey Wood, which soon to change with the arrival of a new train line, is on the borders of outer London and Kent.
Lisa Torem speaks to former Cream bassist and music legend Jack Bruce about his new solo album, 'Silver Rails'
Ben Howarth talks to former Hefner front man Darren Hayman about his new album 'The Violence', which takes as its main theme the seventeenth century Essex Witch Trials
Ben Howarth chats to former Hefner member Jack Hayter about his current twelve volume series of singles and forthcoming plans for the future
Interview Part 1
In the first part of a two part interview, Pennyblackmusic Bands Night headliner Anthony Reynolds, who will be releasing a double CD retrospective 'Life's Too Long' in April, chats to John Clarkson about his former band Jack's first two albums, 'Pioneer Soundtracks' and 'The Jazz Age'
Interview Part 2
...while in the second part he speaks about their third album, 'the End of the Way It's Always Been', his solo career and his return to playing live after an absence of eight years
Ben Howarth talks to former Hefner member Jack Hayter about his first new EP of music in eight years and his long absence from the music scene
In what is our third interview with him John Clarkson speaks to former Jack front man Anthony Reynolds about 'Blues for Bobby Solo', the new EP he has recorded with La Muneca de Sal, and his two recent books on the Walker Brothers and Jeff Buckley and forthcoming one on Leonard Cohen
Jack Rabbit Slim
Adrian Huggins speaks to Bob Butfoy, the front man with rising band Jack Rabbit Slim, about his band's recently released fourth album, 'Hairdo's and Heartaches' and the revival and increasing popularity of the rockabilly movement of which his group is a part
Zena Grieg examines a new song and video from Jack Bruce's daughter Aruba Red, which reflects on her own journey and battle with depression.
Sunshine of Your Life
A Concert for Jack Bruce
Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a fantastic tribute concert to the late Jack Bruce, which filmed at the London Roundhouse in 2018, has just been released on CD and DVD.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on Jack Savoretti's bestselling no. 1 latest album, 'Singing to Strangers'.
Lisa Torem reflects on the short but prolific career of 60's supergroup Cream, who have just ahd most of their work released in a new vinyl box set
14/4/1943 – 25/10/2014
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the life of Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who died aged 71 in October
The Music of the Band
Malcolm Carter asks if tribute collections are unnecessary especially when the originals can't be bettered, after listening to 'Endless Highway', a compilation featuring the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Johnson and Bruce Hornsby and dedicated to the Band
Arroyo Seco Weekend
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 23/6/2018...24/6/2018
L. Paul Mann enjoys the second annual Arroyo Seco festival which included sets from the Pretenders, Belle and Sebastian, the Specials, Neil Young, Jack White and Robert Plant.
Brudenell, Leeds, 24/6/2011
Helen Tipping enjoys a night of acoustic rock and razor sharp humour from former Hefner front man Darren Hayman at a solo show at the Brudenell in Leeds
Band on the Wall, Manchester, 13/5/2011
At the JD Set in Manchester, which was sponsored by Jack Daniels, Dixie Ernill watches Stone Roses/Primal Scream bass legend Mani and an assortment of other local musicians play an often superb set of Smiths' covers
ABC2, Glasgow, 20/4/2011
At a show sponsored by Jack Daniels in the ABC2 in Glasgow, John Clarkson watches Sharleen Spiteri, Ian McCulloch, Kate Nash, Steve Mason and new bands Ramona and Kid Adrift play a frequently excellent set of David Bowie covers.
Camden Head and Bush Hall, London, 19/10/2010...23/11/2010
Despite the former Hefner frontman's claim that he had gone off playing gigs after being attacked in the street after a show in Nottingham earlier this year, Ben Howarth watches Darren Hayman play five very different shows over a month in his native London
Lexington, London, 5/3/2009
Anthony Dhanendran watches former Hefner singer Darren Hayman, at the London Lexington to promote his new album with his current band the Secondary Modern, play a set of witty, but memorable kitchen sink pop
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern
Luminaire, London, 30/3/2008
With fine support from the Wave Pictures and his former Hefner bandmate Jack Hayter, Ben Howarth Darren Hayman play a powerful set of both old and new songs at the Luminaire in London
Luminaire, London, 12/11/2007
At a gig to promote his just released second album, Ben Howarth watches ex-Hefner frontman Darren Hayman play an impressive collection of old and new songs at the London Luminaire
Ben Howarth examines the case for Hefner's much criticised-at-the-time 2001 electronic-influenced and final album, 'Dead Media', which has just been reissued in a new double CD edition
We Love the City
In our 'Re:View' series, in which our writers rrflect on albums from the past, Ben Howarth looks at Hefner's 'We Love the City', which originally released in 2000, has just been reissued in a new double CD edition
The Fidelity Wars
In the latest in our 'Re : View' slot in which our writers examine albums from the past, Ben Howarth looks at Hefner's 1999 album, 'The Fidelity Wars', which is about to be re-released
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
In 'Ten Songs that Made Me Love...', Ben Howarth writes of his favourite songs by singer-songwriter and ex-Hefner front man, Darren Hayman
The Pursuit of the Beats
The last of the bohemians, Tom Waits' extraordinary career is heavily indebted to the Beats, and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Jon Rogers examines the connection
Melanie Smith takes photographs of Jack White at the Leeds Arena on his recent UK tour