“The key take away from Laundromat, though, is that he is developing a definitive style from the ground up”
– DIY **** (4 stars)
“Explores the end of the world, panic attacks and mental health with the same dry charm, self-awareness and sonic imagination” – Gigwise (9/10)
Laundromat has shared his new ‘Green’ EP via Brace Yourself Records, it’s the second Laundromat (AKA Toby Hayes) EP this year, after ‘Blue’ which came out in April. A third EP will follow in 2021. Laundromat has recently received support from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Lauren Laverne, Jack Saunders, DIY, Dork, Gigwise among others. ‘Green’, as well as ‘Blue’ both entirely sold-out their physical run of vinyl.
Laundromat, the new project from Toby Hayes has been a long time in the making. Hayes admits as much, recalling a process that has taken “years” to bear fruition. The resulting EP’s showcase a musician who has earned his stripes in the DIY scene. Lead single Bureau De Fatigue, won praise for its lyrical bravery and for “channelling the outsider energy of early Beck” according to Riot Magazine.
Elsewhere on the EP, Bug-Eyed recalls The Beta Band at their most tender, all repetitive melody and lo-fi longing. Nein strikes a more visceral tone, a big rock riff slowed down to a haze with the “We having fun, or what?” refrain permeating throughout.
Lyrically the project explores the end of the world, panic attacks, political figures that don’t represent the people that elected them, the preciousness of friendship, binge drinking, mental health and the time Hayes got ‘catfished’ – for nearly 7 years.
Influences are broad, ranging from Broadcast, Jaki Liebezeit, Jason Albertini, Madlib, to Gonjasufi and Kim Deal stands out as major inspiration. Film is also a huge source of intrigue for Hayes “I find a lot of inspiration in film. Repo Man (1984), Deep End (1970), Punch-drunk Love (2002), and Alice in the Cities (1974) in particular” he says.
Hayes finds salvation in the intimacy of bedrooms recordings, “I love the sound of them. There’s something special there that I will always love, the sound of someone exploring their imagination, performing to themselves.” Lo-fi may be the guiding force, but after an eventful and painful few years Laundromat is ready to embrace positive change and seek catharsis with these new recordings.
‘GREEN’ is OUT NOW via Brace Yourself Records
With thanks to Brace Yourself PR