Liam Hayes

Mirage Garage

  • LHMG001
  • Release Date: February 22nd 2019
  • £14.99

We are super pleased to have got a very few copies of a cassette only release from one of RT's all time favourite artists - if you don't know Liam Hayes / Plush you need to check him out. This album was recorded and produced by another of our fav's - Luther Russell, who has played with Sarabeth Tucek, Jody Stephens, produced Richmond Fontaine, Noah And The Whale.

Liam says: "My last album "Slurrup" was supposed to be a new beginning, but it turned out to be an ending both personally and professionally. Between business problems, getting laid-up sick after an exhausting European junket, and my beloved dog of eighteen years dying amidst it all..... I was devastated. I decided to leave the freezing tundra of the Midwest to come out to sunny L.A. to try and catch a wave. I had a notion to move forward with some new songs; to do something different with some new musicians and to get a feel for the city. After riding L.A.'s buses and attempting to be a pedestrian, I ended up getting chased down the middle of the street by an unhinged drifter. This led me to buying a used, oil-burning SUV, which came with a great stereo, a surprise manufacturer's recall, and a diagnostic code that was nothing less than a death sentence. It had everything but directions to the scrap yard. Bewildered, I retreated to Luther Russell's little 4-track cassette garage studio in Pasadena and started laying down some of this new music merely for the fun of it. To my delight, what I heard played back didn't sound like some "lo-fi" exercise. Luther and I both realized that we weren't just cutting demos; there was a "real" record there. I named it "Mirage Garage". For me, the experience of making it felt like a respite from the grind of everything I had been going through (not to mention the oppressive nature of technology these days). Maybe listening to this record will offer you a respite too."