DARREN HAYESÂ RELEASES JOYFUL SYNTH POPÂ ALL YOU PRETTY THINGS
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUMÂ HOMOSEXUALÂ OUT ON OCTOBER 7
TOURING AUSTRALIA IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2023Â
Iconic global pop artist and award-winning songwriterÂ Darren HayesÂ today shares his next hit of addictive synth-pop in new singleÂ All You Pretty Things, taken from his first new album in 10 yearsÂ ‘Homosexual’.Â
A tribute to the LGBTQI+ music pioneers who have influenced his life and music, as well as a celebration of the activists who have fought â€“ and continue to fight â€“ for the freedom that he enjoys today, All You Pretty Things is a love letter from Hayes to a community who inspires him each day.
As with the rest of the material featured onÂ ‘Homosexual’, All You Pretty Things is a composition written and produced entirely by Hayes. An exploration of his talents as not just a songwriter, but an arranger and producer, All You Pretty Things serves as an insight into the new creative space Hayes is thriving in.
Described as a “queer dancefloor anthem”, the single is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in 2016. Sonically capturing a range of influences as varied asÂ Patrick CowleyÂ through toÂ Daft PunkÂ andÂ Madonna, Hayes strikes a balance between emotional impact and pure physical catharsis with his new track.
â€œI decided to write a song about their happiness frozen in time in a way they deserved to be remembered. I connected that joyful moment to the LGBTQI musical pioneers who have inspired me, now long passed, and those political activists responsible for the freedoms I enjoy today.Â
I came up with my own way to say thank you with a simple phrase:Â â€œWeâ€™ve Got To Dance to Remember Them.â€Â Ultimately, thatâ€™s where my own freedom began. I really came out and into myself on the dance floor and thatâ€™s where my tribute continues.â€ – DARREN HAYES
A driving force behind Hayesâ€™ new record â€“ his first solo record in a decade â€“ is this renewed strength and confidence Hayes has embraced as part of the queer community. Stepping into not just a new artistic chapter with this album, but a whole new chapter of his personal journey, Hayes is at his most honest withÂ ‘Homosexual’Â and ultimately, his most peaceful.Â
Breaking away from the restraints and, as he describes, the “controlling image” of a major label at the beginning of his career, Hayesâ€™ path of self-discovery and reclamation of his truth has been one that fans have been able to see flourish in recent years. With an album likeÂ ‘Homosexual’, fans and industry alike become introduced to the Darren Hayes who has always been there â€“ yet here, he is at his most vulnerable, most engaging and most vital.
“I named my album â€˜Homosexualâ€™ for a variety of reasons.Â The most obvious, is that Iâ€™m a gay man who grew up in an era when that word was used to shame and vilify people like me, so I wanted to reclaim it.Â
Â Iâ€™m also a recording artist who came up in an era where being openly gay was frowned upon and I experienced first hand, the attempted erasure of my true identity from the marketing department of a major record label.Â But perhaps the most important reason I chose this title is that in 2022,Â Iâ€™m living in a time and in a country where the freedoms of LGBTQI+ people are more at risk than theyâ€™ve ever been.Â Moments like the â€˜Donâ€™t Say Gayâ€™ bill in Florida, or the constant attacks on trans people, have made it clear to me that now is the time to be as loud as possible about who I am.Â Â
So on the front cover of my album, Iâ€™m proudly lounging upon my version of a stairway to heaven.Â Emblazoned across me, in the brightest hot pink neon, is a word the 11 year old me used to be terrified of. I lounge proudly underneath the electric buzz of this symbol, this term that used to be used to denigrate people like me.Â Now itâ€™s my word.Â Now it means whatever I want it to mean.Â If you havenâ€™t worked it out yet, I think it means something magical, amazing, unique and essential.
My name is Darren Hayes.Â And Iâ€™m a proud Homosexual.â€ – DARREN HAYES
Darren HayesÂ will return to Australian stages for the first time in over a decade inÂ January/February 2023Â with hisÂ â€˜Do You Remember?â€™ TourÂ â€“ 25 Years Of Savage Garden, Solo Hits And More.Â
DARREN HAYES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Tickets available throughÂ www.darrenhayes.com
Tuesday, January 31st 2023Â RAC ArenaÂ Perth
Monday, February 4th 2023Â Sidney Myer Music BowlÂ Melbourne
Wednesday, February 7th 2023Â Aware Super TheatreÂ Sydney
Thursday, February 8th 2023Â Entertainment CentreÂ Newcastle
Saturday, February 11th 2023Â Entertainment CentreÂ Brisbane
Sunday, February 12th 2023Â Convention & Exhibition CentreÂ Gold Coast
Â All You Pretty ThingsÂ is released viaÂ Powdered Sugar ProductionsÂ on Friday, August 19
â€˜Homosexualâ€™Â is released viaÂ Powdered Sugar ProductionsÂ on on Friday, October 7
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