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The Hayman Kupa Band - The Hayman Kupa Band
The Hayman Kupa Band - The Hayman Kupa Band
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The Hayman Kupa Band - The Hayman Kupa Band

When Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Emma Kupa (Standard Fare/Mammoth Penguins) decided to make a duets record, we knew the results would be great, but we didn’t expect them to be THIS great.

Gathering together a rhythm section consisting of Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic/Singing Adams) on bass and Cat Loye (Fever Dream) on drums, The Hayman Kupa Band create brash, bold and effortlessly melodic power pop. Sharing writing duties and sometimes singing each others words, lines are blurred and creativity explored in a wonderfully exuberant collection of songs.

The album, recorded in three days, is an exploration of relationships and, at its heart, it’s the sound of a friendship being made. Darren explains further:

"It’s only happened a few times but just once or twice I have seen someone on stage and thought, “I want to be in a band with them.” But I thought it the first time I saw Emma playing with her magnificent and under-rated band Standard Fare. I met her properly a little later in Sheffield when we played together. Before the gig I said I was suspicious of bands that wore hats. She wore a hat on stage. They say imitation is a form of flattery and I was glad that I noticed when I wrote the song “Boy, Look at What you Can’t Have Now” that it sounded like the sort of thing Emma might write. I covered up my theft by asking her to sing on it.

When we were recording the song I suggested that we should write a whole album of duets. Musicians suggest things like this all the time because they are stupid or drunk. A few months later Emma told me she had started writing the album. This is what Emma does; she says something then does it. I race to play catch up. The songs were written over three weekends at her house and mine.

Co-writing is something I’m not used to. It’s very intimate and me and Emma became friends through the process. Emma’s lyrics are sharp and precise whereas mine are more metaphoric. We talked about relationships and that’s what the album is about. It’s about our fears and paranoias and the search for trust and love. We deliberately swapped lines and genders so the narrative is never truly that of traditional duets. We wanted a band to make the album and chose Michael Wood and Cat Loye." 

TRACK LISTING

1. Let’s Do Nothing
2. No More Bombs
3. Red Petal
4. Over’s Now Overdue
5. We Can Get By
6. Do You Know
7. A Tent Of Blankets
8. Draw The Line
9. My Right Arm
10. Pretty Waste Of Time
11. Reach Out
12. Then We Kissed

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  The Hayman Kupa Band
Label:  Fika Recordings
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Indie & Alternative

Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  FIKA060LP
Released:  21 July 2017

Regular price £16.00