The Haymakers II full-length album coupled with the limited edition Happy Birthday EP. John Sakamoto of the Anit-Hit list had this to say:
The 11 songs that comprise the sophomore album by this Orangeville assemblage read like an exchange of letters between friends, some everyday confidantes, others who've drifted away but never entirely departed. And while there's no denying the stylistic imprint left by The Flaming Lips, by song's end, that'll be the last thing on your mind.
Due to the cross-fading between songs, it is definitely good to listen to his album in order, the way the Haymakers intended.
ANYONE WHO PLEDGES MORE THAN $5 WILL RECEIVE, IN THE MAIL, A SEALED COPY OF "THE HAYMAKERS I", OUR DEBUT ALBUM, which had Exclaim magaine exclaiming:
Orangeville’s the Haymakers originally began as a trio and all of a sudden found themselves a septet when it came time to record. Their debut release, a seven-track, self-titled EP recorded at Toronto’s BWC Studios, is a glowing effort that crosses different boundaries to achieve an identity. Everything from Grandaddy, Lambchop and the Elephant 6 collective could be considered influences, as the music centres on desolate alt-country blues with psychedelic manipulation and overall sonic weirdness. What’s most impressive though is how the Haymakers manage to keep their heart-rending ballads and experiment with their gadgets without obstructing each other. Most of the carnival dreamscapes and sparkling ambience are saved for the finales of each song. Though when they are mixed into the body of the song, like on "Melting,” they work well, and surprisingly, do not spoil the overall mood of the music.
released January 28, 2013
Recorded and Produced by Stewart Gunn. Written by Stewart Gunn, Cory McCallum, J Marr and Devin Hentsch. The Haymakers were Stewart Gunn, Cory Bruyea, J Marr, Devin Hentsch, Lyndsay Wright, Matt Owen Kirk, Heather Needham and Cory McCallum.
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