It is with great pleasure that I OH YOU release Hayley Mary’s new single The Chain, her first offering since the release of her debut EP The Piss, The Perfume to critical acclaim earlier this year. The Chain comes with a visually captivating video directed by Tyson Perkins at Sydney’s iconic Elizabeth Bay House.
The Chain follows the recent announcement that Hayley Mary will be returning to the stage with a run of headline NSW shows this November, with more shows to be added! TICKETS HERE
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.”