Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have​-​Not

by Shoes And Socks Off

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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.

His debut album 'From The Muddy Banks Of Melitzer' was recorded in one day in September 2008 and released via DIY indie label Big Scary Monsters (whom he has worked with ever since). It was swiftly followed by 'Hand-Reared Suburban Piglet', featuring the same 10 songs, but re-worked with drums, strings, keys and programming.

During the winter of 2009, a third full length was released. 'To Where The Skyline Is Fortified With Windows And Doors' comprised of 10 new songs, some of which featured members of Nitkowski, Palehorse and Blakfish. Following quickly in summer 2010, 'Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not', Shoes And Socks Off's fourth album was released. Hayes took it on tour with a full band, featuring members of Nitkowski, Palehorse and Talons. A homemade video was created for every song on the record.

2011 saw the release of 'Don't Blame Yourself, It's In Your Blood', a three-disc anthology of all Hayes' recorded output to date, and 'Dot Dot Dot & Other Works', a lyric book containing words to every Shoes And Socks Off and Meet Me in St. Louis song. The book came with a download link to 10 new demos, each of which had been recorded whilst on a 40-day tour of mainland Europe in early 2011.

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released August 9, 2010

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Big Scary Monsters UK

Big Scary Monsters is an independent currently label based in Oxford. It has so far been responsible for releases from the likes of Minus The Bear, Andrew W.K., Pulled Apart By Horses, Gnarwolves, Kevin Devine, Into It. Over It, Cursive, Meet Me In St Louis, Bear vs Shark, Toe, This Town Needs Guns, Tall Ships, Matt Pryor, Walter Schreifels, Joyce Manor, Algernon Cadwallader and many, many more. ... more

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