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EP of the Week: Hayley Mary - The Piss The Perfume

Hayley Mary is a pocket rocket with the voice of a giant angel. She is a bona fide persona with no shortage of past achievements but today, ‘The Piss, The Perfume’ sees Hayley take a giant step forward as an artist and look towards the future with hunger and ambition. Written when Hayley was residing above an old heritage listed pub in Sydney’s inner west, ‘The Piss, The Perfume’ was designed to turn a page between two eras of Sydney life. Packed with all the optimism and irony that nostalgia can afford, Hayley sings, “I find bitterness through love, and I find, through bitterness, true love.”

Reflecting on this period of her life Hayley says:

“​Friday and Saturday nights would end up as late-night jam sessions when the pub closed. Friends would listen to music (I remember a lot of The Go Betweens and Paul Kelly) and play each other songs they’d written.

I think I was very hungover or still drunk one morning after a night like this, (you know the feeling when you’re hungover but you’re kind of elated and glowing, because the suns coming up and somehow you feel in sync with the universe, but you’re probably just still pissed?) Anyway, I was newly in love and felt I was leaving a lot of sadness behind and this song came out of that.”

Produced by Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Middle Kids, The Presets), ‘The Piss, The Perfume’ beautifully blends elements of Americana and Australiana to create an instant sensation and a spectacular debut. With a classic Aussie rock edge that is both familiar and a breath of fresh air, I OH YOU can’t wait to share what’s next for Hayley Mary.


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