When Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Emma Kupa (Standard Fare, Mammoth Penguins) decided to make a duets record, Fika Recordings knew the results would be great, but they 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 at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, is an exploration of relationships and, at its heart, it's the sound of a friendship being made.
"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. It was lovely seeing how quickly we settled into something in between. 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. I sing Emma's lines often and she sings mine. It's two voices singing the results of our conversations. We became close friends whilst writing these songs.
"We wanted a band to make the album and chose Michael Wood and Cat Loye. We never considered anyone else. They brought a brash, bold sound to the songs and we rehearsed twice and then recorded the album in three days at the Big Jelly studios in Ramsgate. I was thinking about the Beatles and very early 1960s pop records. We recorded everything live including the vocals with only a handful of overdubs.
We put a microphone high up in the ceiling to get bright, rackety sound and mixed it in mono. We recorded it two and a half years ago and it has remind locked like a time capsule whilst me and Emma released five other albums. I like this album a lot." - Darren Hayman