Sean Hayes

I’m still mourning the loss of Connor’s external drive, still praying to God/Department of Homeland Security for his 160 gig motherload to pull a Lazarus and rise from the dead. If I were to lose all my music, I would probably spontaneously combust or stab myself in the kidneys with a pair of butter knives.

However, the moment of silence can’t last damnit! This is a music blog for Christ/Rumsfeld’s sake!!

This artist has a voice, despite all of my pondering and debates with friends, that I just can’t peg. He sounds like someone I have heard or listened to and (for the life of me) can’t figure out who that person is. It was, and still is, driving me insane. Such is the effect of Sean Hayes. Perhaps it’s his all too familiar voice and pensive lyrics. Perhaps it’s his Art Garfunkel meets Wayne Coyne looks. In short, Sean Hayes is one hell of an artist. Already on his fourth album, Big Black Hole and the Little Baby Star, Hayes’ voice is incredible and his talent is nearly undeniable.

[MP3] Sean HayesCalling All Cars (Amazing Song – Highly Rec’d)
[MP3] Sean HayesFucked Me Right Up

I would check out his latest release and if you’re in CA catch him on tour. And no this is not the Sean Hayes that plays “Jack” on Will and Grace, but nice try.

Who do you think Sean Hayes sounds like, vocally? Drop a line, because I am drawing blanks.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous March 20, 2006 at 9:40 pm

This might be way off, but his voice reminds me a teeny bit of Thom Yorke, particularly OK Computer songs, i.e. “Karma Police” and “Exit Music.”



Anonymous March 20, 2006 at 10:36 pm

Reminds me of folk singer Brett Dennen crossed with Tracy Chapman…but it’s probably just me…


Anonymous March 20, 2006 at 10:51 pm

He reminds me a bit of Andrew Bird…


Hatty March 21, 2006 at 12:20 am

Marilyn Manson. Yep, the similarities are just mind boggling


uwmryan March 21, 2006 at 9:00 am

Neil Young mixed with Will Oldham


connor March 21, 2006 at 10:55 am

my turn my turn!

i think damien rice, with a hint of tracy chapman, as someone else said


Squashed March 21, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Damien Rice is the closest I think. second is Colin Meloy from Decemberists/tarkio.

So I elect to mix them two. Damien Rice + Colin Meloy = Sean Hayes


Automedusa March 21, 2006 at 1:04 pm

I find a little bit of Devendra’s first album and Wil Oldham. Lovely tunes!


mjrc March 21, 2006 at 6:01 pm

This may sound screwy, but he sounds like a male Billie Holiday, or a male Madeleine Peyroux. There’s an old-fashioned timbre to his voice.


Anonymous March 22, 2006 at 12:26 pm

Whoever said Will Oldham is Cuhrazy! I agree with the Andrew Bird comment, with a hint of … what? Ben Harper?


Anonymous March 23, 2006 at 5:32 am

It’s somebody pop. It sounds like some 90′s pop fellow. I’m sure of it.


Anonymous March 24, 2006 at 1:25 pm

He’s definitely got a bit of Tracy Chapman in his voice.


Eryk March 24, 2006 at 10:25 pm

Oh man, I think he’s a dead ringer for M.Ward.


DudeAsInCool May 22, 2006 at 3:48 am

DJ Mark Farina does a funky mix of Sean Haye’s Dream Machine. You can listen to it here for free:


Barikelo August 31, 2006 at 8:28 am

I swear to God I have the same problem!
When I first heared him I could’ve sworn that it is someone I already know singing…
Anyway I tried to think which singer sounds like him and the best I could offer is that he sounds like the matchbox 20 lead singer…


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