LASTWIND is the band of Paul Hayles, best known as a member of HAWKWIND offshoot band, SONIC ASSASSINS, as well as a spell with HAWKWIND.
He says, “I’ve been playing in bands for a million years. I’ve played with quite a few 'names' including Hawkwind, Topper Headon (The Clash), Jalal Nuriddin (The Last Poets) as well as bands such as Ark, Cropdusters, Legend, Exiles and Exit, the last 3 based in France where I lived for 15 years.
He formed LASTWIND in 2006 and soon after touring the UK supporting HAWKWIND.
Paul Hayles is a keyboard player and vocalist, composer, arranger and producer and has worked with many musicians in the BRISTOL music scene including members of the RONI SIZE collective. In the last few years he has also recorded and performed under the names of DOWNTIME PROJECT and POLYMORPH but in 2011 returned to LASTWIND as his main musical activity.
He has enlisted some other musicians, including Jerry Richards of HAWKLORDS, to record the new album and is planning to take the group on the road in the second half of 2012. The full line up of the band will be announced in the next month or two.
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Steve's first album 'Messages' was released worldwide on RCA records in 1974, when he was just 22. Featuring some awesome musicians (including Roxy Music's John Gustafson and King Crimson's Mike Giles) and a full orchestra on many tracks, it received rave reviews at the time. It was recently reissued on Esoteric/Cherry Red with a bonus CD of the previously unreleased Swallow album.
In 1976 he played keyboards on Pilot's final album 'Two's A Crowd', which was produced in Abbey Road's famous studio 2 by Alan Parsons.
In 1978 he joined The Hawklords and played keyboards and sang backing vocals on their classic album 25 Years On, and toured the UK with them that autumn.
In 1979 he left the band and recorded some solo demos with Simon King (drums), Huw Lloyd-Langton (guitar) and Nic Potter (bass). He went to NYC in the autumn of that year and landed a major record deal within three days! He was signed to Atco (part of Warner Music) by its then president Doug Morris (who is now the president of Sony Music). The result was the classic album Fresh blood, which also featured Steve's original version of the subsequent Hawkind cover 'Shot Down In the Night'. Roger Daltrey also covered two songs from this album on two albums. The album also received rave reviews ('Boy, can this guy write lyrics!' Rolling Stone) and reached number three in the US airplay charts. Fresh Blood was reissued in 2009 on Atomhenge/Cherry Red.
Disillusioned with music industry - when Atco didn't take-up the option for the second album and he therefore dropped by Trinifold, the management of The Who - Steve reinvented himself as club promoter and party organiser and became very successful in that field. But he never stopped writing and recording songs.
The 22 demos which he recorded in 1980, which were intended to be on his second Atco album, gathered dust for over thirty years, until Frenchy Gloder of Flicknife Records heard them and immediately decided to release them as a double CD on his label. The result is The Lost Albums.
See the 4-star review in Record Collector Magazine here.
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