Shoes And Socks Off is the solo project of ex-Meet Me in St. Louis front man, and former Shield Your Eyes bassist, Toby Hayes. Sometimes he has a beard, sometimes he doesn’t. He likes hip-hop beats. And doesn’t like social networking sites.
‘Miles Of Mad Water’ is a Shoes And Socks Off album unlike any other. Moving away from stubbed-toe blues and acoustic melancholia that his fans have come to expect, his fifth record draws more upon the experimental electronic influences of Radiohead and beat-driven, avant-garde melodies of Autolux. Set for release on May 14th, the album features a blend of his classic solo acoustic offerings alongside full band recordings. From the delicate opener of ‘And No Ones Seen Him Since’, through to recent live staple ‘Made’ to the string-laden ‘All Mouth’, the album showcases Hayes’ ever-continuing growth as a solo writer and weaves together a wide range of influences and new cast of musicians with typical DIY skill.