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November 6, 2020



Hayley Mary’s (known for leading The Jezabels) shares new single‘The Chain’, her first offering since the release of her debut EP The Piss, The Perfumeto critical acclaim earlier this year. ‘The Chain’ comes with a visually captivating video directed by Tyson Perkins at Sydney’s iconic Elizabeth Bay House.

In an ironic twist of events, ‘The Chain’ was written back in March on the evening Hayley was scheduled to fly out to begin touring The Piss, The Perfume, but was grounded due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What resulted is a bold, pop offering that showcases some of Hayley’s most impressive song writing to date, despite at the time it feeling like the saddest song she’d ever penned.

“The night I wrote ‘The Chain’ the pandemic was erupting around us all. Venues were closing and I received the news that my flights and headline shows were cancelled. I sat in my apartment in Melbourne staring at my suitcase. Not quite ready to start unpacking and let go of the momentum of my little rock n roll dream, I picked up the guitar and wrote what felt like, at the time, the saddest song I’d ever written. Sonically and melodically, however, it’s one of my most up-lifting.

It was a feeling I’d had before akin to depression that there is some kind of invisible magic chain holding me to the earth and keeping me from moving forward or climbing higher, which if I pull too hard on or try to escape from, seems to have devastating consequences behind or beneath me. But this time it was an odd sort of happy-sad because for the first time I felt like the chain not only held me down, it connected me to everything and everyone else. For a brief moment, everyone could see it and feel it at exactly the same time.”

Finding solace in this sense of connection to the rest of the world, Hayley poured both her frustrations and optimism into ‘The Chain’. The jubilant track acts as both a frustrated scream into the void and a celebration of solidarity. Its cinematic chorus evokes visuals of Hayley dancing around her discarded luggage on her living room floor, shaking off the sorrow as we’ve all had to do at moments over the past few months as we embrace the laughter to ward off the tears. Isolated, but connected.

An exhilarating performance from such an iconic artist. Chain exudes passion, creativity and Hayley proves how to command your full attention. This melodic arrangement will lift you, highly addictive. The perfect pop hit!

2019 saw Hayley Mary explode onto the scene with her debut single ‘The Piss, The Perfume’, the title track off her game-changing EP that attracted widespread praise from NME, Flood Magazine, Clash Mag, The 405, Paste Magazine, DIY Mag, The Line Of Best Fit and Idolator and a flood of support from Spotify and Apple Music. The EP established Hayley Mary’s incredible knack for capturing a sharp sense of time and place, as it’s Australiana singles took us around the intoxicated streets of Sydney in the murky hours of the morning.

‘The Chain’ gives a poignant voice to the emotional disorientation of 2020, exploring the depth of loss felt by all, but bringing the joy we want and need from music right now.

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