SHARES NEW SINGLE + VISUALIZER
crunchy, unrestrained, badass indie rock.”
– Pigeons & Planes’ ‘Artists of the Month’
“surprisingly world-weary voice and knack for smart rock melodies.”
– The FADER
Following its premiere on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 radio show, Chicago’s Jackie Hayes releases ‘dead end’, the second single and visualizer from the vocalist and guitarist this year. In February, she shared the explosive ‘eye 2 eye’, produced by longtime collaborator Billy Lemos. After previously sharing stages with the likes of Claud, Role Model and The Japanese House, and releasing her debut EP in 2020 to praise from the likes of The FADER and Pigeons & Planes, ‘dead end’ is yet another sign that Jackie is a rising star to pay attention to in 2021.
Belying its title, ‘dead end’ charges forward on the strength of a slamming bass drum rhythm. “This song is a stream of consciousness of anxious thoughts,” Jackie explains; when you’re at your wits end, you have nowhere to go but upwards, and this song illustrates that feeling of urgent momentum as Jackie battles her way through the darkness.
Stream ‘dead end’ HERE
Jackie Hayes is a Chicago-based musician that melds working-class frustrations and the growing pains of young adulthood into driving, passionate indie rock. Raised in a small town in Illinois, Hayes came to music through an adolescence spent sneaking into shows, rejecting a strict Christian background, and working retail to pay her own bills. After a slew of singles garnered online attention and a cult following, Hayes moved to Chicago at age 19 and began immersing herself in the city’s new wave of genreless DIY artistry.
take it, leave it arrived in 2020 as Hayes’ debut EP; in moniker and execution, it’s a four-song distillation of the ongoing struggle to break free from the monotony of life while finding oneself longing for somewhere to belong. Produced in tandem with Billy Lemos, Hayes indulges her darker impulses with music that surges like a chokehold, and often careens like a nightmare. These are brief, breathtaking glimpses into the mind of an artist slowly carving her niche, powered by an endearing vulnerability – in prose and performance – and unwavering resilience in the face of rejection and entitlement.