Hayden Opens Up About 'Us Alone'
At 41, Hayden is now a husband and father, and much of the material on Us Alone looks back on his past while keeping a wary eye on the future. In a recent interview with Exclaim!, he explained that having more responsibilities has actually made him work harder at his music, and the new album marks the beginning of a new partnership with Arts & Crafts after years of releasing albums on his own Hardwood label, distributed by Universal Music.
"What really made me want to make a change was that I felt I'd lost track of how to put a record out in this day and age," Hayden says. "I didn't have a Twitter account or a Facebook page. I really started to think about all of that when I read a story recently about how people get suspicious of you if you don't have those things."
Along with reminding his audience that he's alive and well, Us Alone also contains some poignant thoughts on mortality, particularly the closing track "Instructions," which provides a detailed plan of what to do upon his death.
"At some point during the writing of most records I've made, I thought I was dying of something," Hayden says. "But truthfully, that song was supposed to be a submission for Miranda July's Learning to Love You More website, where one of the assignments was to describe what you want done with your body when you die. But it took me so long that by the time I finished my record, they'd stopped taking submissions."
With the album's release, Hayden will be touring Canada, as well as be making a few U.S. appearances, with a new live combo he debuted in December during a short European jaunt. With those Euro shows under his belt after a lengthy layoff, he's feeling excited to get back on the road.
"The timing was a bit strange, because it was literally my first time on stage in four years," he says. "I almost forgot how to do it, and it was embarrassing at times. But I'm really having fun with the guys I'm playing with, Taylor Knox and Jay McCarrol, who are both multi-instrumentalists, so we're all taking turns playing different things. The hard thing for me about having a band before was that when someone left, it really created a hole in the sound. But these guys are so versatile that I'm not concerned about that. I'm really excited about what we're doing."
Us Alone comes out today (February 5) through Arts & Crafts.
Read our March 2013 feature with Hayden here.
2/6 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
2/7 Guelph, ON - Cooperators Hall
2/8 Dundas, ON - The Dundas Valley Montessori School
2/9 Creemore, ON - Avening Community Centre
2/13 New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge*
2/20 Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern
2/21 Toronto, ON - The Cameron House
2/22 Toronto, ON - Rivoli*
3/7 Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn*
3/8 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa*
3/15-17 Austin, TX - SXSW
3/20 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
3/21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge*
3/23 Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre*
3/24 Nelson, BC - The Royal on Baker*
3/26 Edmonton, AB - The Royal Alberta Museum*
3/27 Calgary, AB - Festival Hall*
3/28 Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment*
3/30 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre*
* with Lou Canon
NewsMar 30, 2015
Nick Ferrio Returns with New LP, Shares First Single
Nick Ferrio has served time in the Burning Hell and Baby Eagle & the Proud Mothers, but in 2012 he broke away to release an album of his own...
NewsMar 30, 2015
Robert Plant and Diplo Working on Collaboration
For those who love both classic rock and twerking, we've got good news for you: Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant is plotting a new collabo...
NewsMar 30, 2015
Failure Announce 'The Heart is a Monster' LP
Reunited alt-rockers Failure announced their comeback by playing their first live show in two decades last year, then followed it up with ne...
NewsMar 28, 2015
Brian May Denies Sacha Baron Cohen's Return to Queen Biopic
A biopic on legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in talks for half a decade. Comedic character Sacha Baron Cohen, best known fo...