Pozytywnego songwritingu z Acuareli ciąg dalszy. "Pram Town" jest już dziesiątym albumem w karierze Darrena Haymana, muzyka kultowej formacji Hefner i przyjaciela Antonego Hardinga (ex-Hefner). Album został nagrany z towarzyszeniem folkowej orkiestry, w której składzie znaleźli się członkowie Ellis Island Sound, The Wave Pictures oraz Smile Down Upon Us. Utwór "Losing My Glue" został skompowany razem z Davem Tattersallem z The Wave Pictures.
Dla fanów: Hefner, The Go-Betweens, Television Personalities
1. Civic Pride
2. Pram Town
3. Compilation Cassette
4. Losing My Glue
5. No Middle Name
6. Room To Grow
7. Our Favourite Motorway
8. Out of My League
9. Amy and Rachel
10. Fire Stairs
11. Leaves on the Line
12. High Rise Towers in Medium Size Towns
13. Never Want to Be that Way Again
14. Big Fish
'Pram Town' was an affectionate name given to Harlow, Essex in the early 1950s. It was coined to reflect the sudden influx of young families to the 'New Town'. New Towns were built in the aftermath of the Second World War. New Towns were designed for modern and future life and intended to be the antidote to the city.
I didn't grow up in Harlow. I grew up in nearby Brentwood. I lived on a late-1960's housing estate designed with the same Le Corbusier/Bauhaus aesthetics and ideals. I love and loathe these places. When seen on paper they are the streamlined epitome of the past's future vision. When newly built, their pristine simplicity made homeowners glow with pride.
But towns aren't designed; they evolve. Concrete crumbles and plastic cracks and all the civic amenities in the world couldn't put a heart into Harlow. As everybody on my street put faux Tudor leading on their windows and dreamt no longer of modernity, I escaped to London.
'Pram Town' is a set of songs about someone who doesn't escape. A big fish in a little pond who is thrown a lifeline whilst fare-evading in a first class train carriage.
This record is about good ideas gone bad. It's about how pride can lose you love. It's about high and low ambition and the gap between.