David Hayes / About This Artist

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Label: Independent

Management: None

Website: www.new.facebook.com

Sounds Like: The Beatles, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, David Hayes

Genre: Alternative

Alternative charts for Chicago, IL
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Though his name graces venue calendars around Chicago and three stellar albums, even David Hayes himself might tell you that his true growth as a performer and songwriter has come from places and people outside himself. Whether it’s from bandmates, family or those he teaches music to nearly 40 times a week, Hayes continues to mature, learn and balloon his talents. He's that rare performer where referring to his sound as a constant work-in-progress isn't a detriment, but a selling point.

 Hayes' brother died in 2010, shortly before Hayes had asked to borrow money from him to master his debut album In With The Old. This life event heavily influenced his second release, Out With The New (2012). He released Epics (2014) and managed to get some radio recognition and landed a couple of songs in the indie film “Out of the Heart.”
Now David Hayes is back with Epics (acoustic 2015), a revamp of the previous year’s rocker with no electric instrumentation. Inspired by acoustic tracks from albums like Led Zeppelin III and the MTV “unplugged” albums Epics (acoustic) shows the arranging capabilities from Hayes. Some songs deal with, or involve, local law enforcement. "Paranoid" covers being called (and eventually pulled over) by Chicago Police, being asked if he murdered someone earlier - his car's make and model matched the description of the suspect’s car. Other songs such as “Persistent Memory” and “Behind You” deal with love, loss, and pain. To record the same album twice and still find the magic in it is a feet in itself.


“ David Hayes Out with the New Review by G. W. Hill This second disc from Hayes is great. I really enjoyed the first one, but this seems to have a more cohesive and consistent texture. It feels more mature. Considering the strength of the first disc, and the level of improvement between the two, I really look forward to see where Hayes goes next. However, looking at just this set as the present, it’s a great disc. I’d certainly recommend it to just about anyone. While it’s progressive rock in many ways, it’s also very accessible and quite tasty. ”
Gary Hill - Music Street Journal

“David Hayes Live in Rockford, Illinois, January, 2011 Review by Gary Hill One part progressive rock band, one part power trio, one part jam band and one part guitar hero – all fun, entertaining and powerful, David Hayes and his cohorts put on a killer show that covered all kinds of musical territory, but never failed to gel. The hour they spent on stage was packed with killer sounds. They played several songs from Hayes’ recent album, but also a number of new tunes. In addition they covered Led Zeppelin. You have to love it when someone covers Led Zeppelin and does it well. You have to like it even more when it’s not one of the more obvious pieces, but rather a deep cut like “Over the Hills and Far Away.” They also closed the set with a Van Halen two-fer of “Eruption”/”You Really Got Me.” If you get the chance to see Hayes, don’t pass it up. His album is great, but the live show is even better. ”
Gary Hill - Music Street Journal

“Progressive Rock CD Reviews David Hayes In with the Old David Hayes is a musician from Chicago and this is his debut disc. It features considerable variety and a lot of musical maturity for a first outing. The music, for the most part, fits along the lines of progressive rock, although none of the tracks qualify in terms of being epic in length. This should appeal to progressive rock fans, but also might be of interest to those more interested in classic rock. Overall, it’s an excellent disc that showcases a musician and songwriter with a lot of talent. Hayes is going to be releasing a follow up in the near future and I, for one, am interested in hearing what he does with that one. ”
Gary Hill - Music Street Journal