Darren Hayes (ex-Savage Garden) Confronts Depression, Suicide in “Poison Blood” Video (ft. a Nod to Prince)

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Darren Hayes, the Australian singer/songwriter who reached international fame in the late ’90s with Savage Garden (and smash-hit singles like “Truly Madly Deeply” and “I Want You,” alongside Daniel Jones), recently resumed his solo music career after spending much of his time devoted to other artistic endeavors.

The latest song from this new spark of creativity, “Poison Blood,” debuted this week. A deeply personal song written, orchestrated and produced by Hayes, its lyrics detail his personal struggles and experiences with depression and suicide. It’s raw, heartfelt and quite moving, and the song’s quiet, pulsating rhythm is grabbing.

Its music video matches the lyrical themes, Hayes letting his customary falsetto singing voice take charge for most of its runtime. Visually, Hayes spends much of the video in a bathtub, beginning with an homage to the opening shot of Prince‘s classic “When Doves Cry” video:

“‘Poison Blood’ is a song about choosing to stay when everything else in your life is telling you to leave,” said Darren Hayes of his new song/video in a statement. “I have a family history of depression and suicide and I talk openly about my own diagnosis in the hope that I might inspire someone who is struggling to seek help, as I have proudly done many times throughout my life. I describe my depression as a blessing, a gift and a curse all at once. I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy and yet I’m aware I am a deeply sensitive person, and that my unique brain allows me to feel depths of emotions that many people don’t experience. I have learned to use those moments to channel melodies and stories that I hope are so real and so relatable they might reach someone else who is in pain, like me, and remind them to stay, like I choose to, every single day.

“It’s significant to me that I’m releasing this song during world Pride, because so much of my own struggle with mental health in the past centered around my own internalized shame around my sexuality as a young person. Depression and suicide are significantly more prominent in the LGBTQI+ community so I hope this song is a comfort for anyone who needs reminding they are not alone.”

“Poison Blood” is the third single released by Hayes this year as he commemorates two decades as a solo recording artist. Here’s a fun video for “Do You Remember?,” which was premiered in March:

“Let’s Try Being in Love” launched in January, as well:

Hayes will carry this newfound momentum with his solo career into the new year in Australia and the U.K. on the ‘Do You Remember?’ Tour – 25 Years Of Savage Garden, Solo Hits And More — click here for more on that.

As for his history with Savage Garden, here’s a summary of the monumental success he and Jones achieved before the project met its end in 2001:

Since its release in 1997, their self-titled debut album has been certified 12x Platinum in Australia, 7x Platinum in the US, and Diamond in Canada. They are one of only two Australian bands to have ever had two #1 singles in the US and are the reigning record-holders for the longest number of weeks on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay charts in the US for their singles “I Knew I Loved You” (124 weeks) and “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (123 weeks). Savage Garden, whose official YouTube channel has amassed nearly 900 million views, is Australia’s biggest and most successful musical duo.

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