Marianna Dissard & Nat Johnson at The Harley

We are pleased to announce that we have Marianna Dissard & Nat Johnson at The Harley on Tuesday 17th November.

For fans of Brigitte Fontaine, Calexico and Nick Cave
TUCSON chanteuse Marianne Dissard is the atypical American artist.
Born in FRANCE, she lived her entire musical life in the American
West. Her first album, 2008 “L’Entredeux”, was composed and produced
by Joey Burns of CALEXICO for whom she played Madam’ in that band’s
1999 hit track, ‘Ballad of Cable Hogue’. Now splitting her time
between Paris and Southern Italy, Marianne Dissard released a third
album in 2014 on UK imprint Vacilando ’68. Recorded in Tucson, Arizona
with members of GIANT SAND, Mexxrissey, Willie Nelson’s and Calexico,
‘The Cat. Not Me’ confirms Dissard’s ambition to bridge the dramatic
sensibilities of French chanson with the rougher expanses of
Mariachi-spiced desert art Americana. Chanson américaine?

Advance tickets £5.00 from or in person with no booking fee from the venue.

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Slug at The Harley

We are very happy to announce SLUG are playing at The Harley on Monday 26th October!

If you’re a BBC 6 Music listener you’ll be no stranger to SLUG.

Their debut single ‘Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic’ made it onto the playlist last October and Marc Riley (his ‘favourite band of the moment’) recently invited the band in for a session.

SLUG is Ian Black, a former member of the Field Music live band and a merrily disruptive influence on the North East music scene for more than a decade. For SLUG Ian sought the help of Peter and David Brewis of Field Music to help record the album at their Wearside studio with the brothers adding occasional drums, synths and percussion to Ian’s elaborate home-brewed constructions.

With SLUG, Ian appears to have consumed and spat out proggy Italian horror film soundtracks, Erik Satie, Zeppelin-esque knotty riffing, snippets of synth-heavy disco, post-punk’s more dub-centric excursions and even a smattering of Hall & Oates’ new wave blue-eyed soul.The band conists of the brothers Brewis (engineered and co-produced the album as well as adding extra textures), Andrew Lowther and Rhys Patterson.


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Summer Camp at The Harley

We are very excited to welcome Summer Camp back to The Harley this October.

‘Bad Love’, Summer Camp’s third album, is set in the same spooked domestic terrain in which they made their name back in 2009, but the perspectives have changed. “I think we got all of our teen angst out on Welcome To Condale,” says Elizabeth Sankey of the London duo’s 2011′s debut LP. “But this looks at how the cycles of those relationships repeat. The experiences you have as a teenager still happen to you, but as you grow up you’re better at dealing with them: the relationships you have with yourself, your family, your friends.”

So with ‘Bad Love’, they set about refining what they do best: those heart-racing heavily distorted guitars, battered synths that sparkle like dirty tinsel, the nostalgia triggered by a pastel sky. “We made a fairly conscious effort to try and avoid being so explicit about our influences on this one too,” says Elizabeth’s counterpart (and husband) Jeremy Warmsley. “We’ve wound up in a place where we have our own sound.”

On ‘Bad Love’ they tried to push that sound to its extremes: “‘Keep Up’ is the most oppressive thing we’ve ever done,” says Jeremy of the record’s rapidly intensifying, crashing closer where Elizabeth satirises the toxic social conventions of romantic game-playing and one-upmanship between friends. Meanwhile the softer ‘Run Away’ and ‘Horizon’ – a Jeremy-led pastoral shuffle recalling Nilsson or ‘Ram’-era McCartney- “they’re pretty broad,” he says. “We were figuring out what we do best and then doing that as much as possible.”

That also meant self-producing for the first time: Pulp’s Steve Mackey produced… ‘Condale’ and Smiths legend Stephen Street did ‘Summer Camp’, “which taught us a lot,” says Jeremy. “But self-producing means you get the most direct expression of what you’re trying to do. It’s not filtered through anyone else. That can lead to self-indulgence, which I hope we’ve avoided, but I do feel like this album is the purest expression of what we’re like since the ‘Young’ EP.”

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Tuff Love at The Harley

We’re very happy to announce that Tuff Love will be playing at The Harley on Monday 9th November.

Tuff Love are Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals), two close-knit pals living in Glasgow, Scotland – creators of hyper-infectious, fuzzed-up, lo-fi pop music that the city is so famous for. Writing together in Suse’s bedroom, and recording everything by themselves, their musical partnership has produced a flurry of addictive, perfectly formed songs – tied together by heart-wrenching harmonies, swoon-inducing lyrics, and sun-soaked dreamy melodies.

2014 has been a busy one. Following the release of their debut, Junk E.P., in May – on dazzling 10” white vinyl, via Scottish independent label Lost Map Records – the band embarked on tours of the UK and mainland-Europe, as well as enjoying an endless summer of festivals, with performances at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wickerman, Coconut Festival (France), Howlin’ Fling, Cloudspotting and Long Division. Over this time they have built up a sturdy live reputation, opening for sell-out crowds with Real Estate, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Honeyblood, and PAWS.

Adored by radio – and championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe, Vic Galloway, among many others – Tuff Love were filmed in session for BBC Introducing, and also performed as part of the BBC Academy series. The press have been equally smitten; with two separate features with The Guardian (“a band to fall in love with”), a 2 page interview in DIVA (“our new favourite indie band”), profiles in NME Radar (“great college rock”), Metro and Daily Record, amongst other national publications, and with the Junk E.P. receiving glowing praise across the board – both online and in print.

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Chastity Belt at The Harley

We’re very happy to announce that Chastity Belt will be playing at The Harley on Sunday 18th October 2015.

Taking cues from both the politics of the riot grrrl scene and
the intricate, moody guitar-based sound of early-’90s Pacific Northwestern indie bands like Sleater-Kinney and Autoclave, Walla Walla, Washington-based Chastity Belt formed in 2010. The group quickly integrated irreverent humor into its seemingly serious musical presence. Apart from witty and cutting lyrical content, the band named
its first locally circulated demo recordings Fuck Chastity Belt and later shot press photos that portrayed Shapiro wearing a chastity belt made out of a raw steak. They continued this trend when releasing their proper debut, No Regerts, in 2013. The band toured heavily in support of No Regerts, and returned in early 2015 with sophomore album Time to Go Home on their new label home of Sub Pop.

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