SPECTACULAR SINGING VOICE TO PLAY AT OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL
HBO'S BORED TO DEATH HAS FEATURED SONG BY ITUNES #1 ARTIST
Sean Hayes marries folk sounds with R&B grooves on 'Before We Turn To Dust,' out September 4th in partnership with the Orchard, all capped off with his stunning vibrato-laden vocals. 'Before We Turn To Dust' was written and recorded in the same year Hayes became a father. The album has a way of capturing the notions of birth, mortality, love, and struggle that echo throughout the album while the rhythms cause one's hips to sway, almost involuntarily, to the beat.
NPR and San Francisco press have raved about Hayes, who is poised to break out following tours supporting Cold War Kids, Ani DiFranco, and Jolie Holland; airplay on KCRW & WFUV; a duet on Aimee Mann’s last record; a second appearance at the Outside Lands Festival alongside Sharon Van Etten, Norah Jones, Sigur Ros, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor and others; and a song in HBO's "Bored to Death." He has also scored multiple #1 slots on the iTunes Store's singer-songwriter chart.
NPR has called him "a young man with an old soul." SF Weekly stated, "Take him anywhere, play him for anyone, and the response is always the same: People want more. They'll write down the name if they don't know it already… You can keep your Joanna Newsoms and your Devendra Banharts. When it comes to folk music, Sean Hayes is the man [and] what sets him apart is his voice." Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle called him "extraordinary."
A San Francisco Bay area artist, Hayes is accompanied by veterans Andrew Borger (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) on drums, Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers) on bass and relative newcomers Ezra Lipp (Thao Nguyen) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Eric Khun (Silian Rail) on keys, drums and percussion. The record was mixed by Eli Crews (Tuneyards) at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, CA.