Billy Hayes (musician)

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Billy Hayes
Born (1985-08-07) August 7, 1985 (age 31)
Miami, Florida
Genres Noise rock, Garage punk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, former drummer, back-up vocalist
Instruments Vocals, Drums, Keyboards/Synths
Years active 2005–present
Labels Fat Possum, Goner Records, HoZac Records
Associated acts Cretin Stompers, Wavves, Jay Reatard, The Barbaras, Boston Chinks

Billy Hayes (born August 7, 1985) is an American musician and former drummer and back-up vocalist for Wavves and Jay Reatard.[1]

He first performed in the psychedelic pop bands the Barbaras and the Boston Chinks, both based in Memphis, Tennessee.[2][3]

Hayes played drums in Jay Reatard's band from 2005 to 2009.[4] While in Reatard's band, Hayes drummed on the Matador Singles Collection, Watch Me Fall, and a split 7" with Sonic Youth. Hayes and bandmate Stephen Pope quit in October 2009 before joining Wavves. In Wavves, he drummed, sang back-up vocals and wrote two songs on their third album King of the Beach: "Convertible Balloon" and "Baby Say Goodbye", the album's closing track. Hayes left Wavves in November 2010.[5][6] Hayes' song "Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Your Heart)" was released on the Wavves EP "Summer is Forever" in January 2011.

Hayes has a new band called Cretin Stompers, along with Alex Gates, a guitarist for Wavves, and BIG MUFF, a musician/producer based in Brooklyn, NY.[7] Their debut LP, "Looking Forward to Being Attacked", was released in the Spring of 2014 on HoZac Records.[8]


  1. ^ "WAVVES op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3's, foto's en Videoclips". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  2. ^ "The Barbaras op MySpace Music – Gratis gestreamde MP3's, foto's en Videoclips". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Boston Chinks". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Jay Reatard Biography". Matador Records. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Wavves Part Ways With Drummer Billy Hayes". Pitchfork Media. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Premature Evaluation: Wavves – King Of The Beach". Stereogum. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ "ex-Wavves/Reatards members form Cretin Stompers". Brooklyn Vegan. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Cretin Stompers Announce Album on HoZac". Brooklyn Vegan. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-04.