Jack Hayter broke onto the musical map in the mighty Spongefinger (“Dennis Hopper’s house band” – Organ) before rocking the world in Hefner (‘Britain’s Largest Small Band’) and releasing his first solo album in 2002, “Practical Wireless” on Absolutely Kosher Records. In 2011, Jack did the decent thing and released a four track EP entitled “Sucky Tart” with Audio Antihero, full of folk tinged dissonant woe, picking up great notices from The Line of Best Fit, Tom Ravenscroft and Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, Dandelion Radio, This Is Fake DIY and more. Good times for the Antihero.
Then in 2012, Jack unveiled the 12-part “The Sisters of St. Anthony” singles series, a single a month (+ b-side) for twelve months…everything from Cold War era Folk ballads to Lo-Tech Electronica. It was a really beautiful series of songs that didn’t quite set the world alight (look what label it was on!)…but did touch a handful of people greatly. We were even lucky enough to feature guest appearances from Darren Hayman, Antony Harding, Dollboy, Suzanne Rhatigan and Woodcraft Folk + guest artwork from Benjamin Shaw, Ant and Sexton Ming. Jack played 100 radio sessions and picked up some strong reviews and that was that, a series to be proud of. At one point Jack missed his deadline and I was convinced he was dead.
“Hayter has one of the weariest, most world-beaten voices around.” – Pitchfork
“Please Mr Hayter, please, please, break your heart some more for us, you loveable, fantastic, exquisite balladeer – 5/5.” – Is This Music?
“Ex-Hefner man makes a charming return… – 8/10.” – The Music Fix
“Hayter’s haggard voice, although lethargic, is compulsive and incredibly absorbing.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Tom Waits and mates running amok in a second hand music shop.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“One of the first major releases of the year for sure. Welcome back Mr Hayter – 8/10.” – The 405
“Wistful, semi-acoustic, Brel-influeced ballads…” – Uncut
“A landlubber mad folk scientist’s shed…” – Sweeping The Nation