Oscar – 28.09.16

We’re super excited to announce that Oscar will be playing for us in September!

23 year old Oscar Scheller AKA Oscar has cut a dash through indie music press in the UK and the US with his bedroom recorded laptop pop over the past year, so much so that in January he announced he had signed to legendary British indie Wichita, home of Waxahatchee, Girlpool and more.

Oscar’s first instrument was the piano. Then, late in his teens, he picked up a guitar and started trying to play it like a piano. Listening to The Radio Dept. – a lot – cemented his love affair with lo- fi. Just a guitar and Logic Express in his bedroom, self-producing a prodigious number of song. Realising his rich baritone voice was the perfect tool, he developed his soulful croon influenced by Bobby Soxerfavourites Ricky Nelson and Buddy Holly as much as the oft cited Albarn, Merrit, Lekman comparisons. Meanwhile cut n paste techniques saw him pluck his favorite drum sounds for his tracks from gritty 90s East Coast hip hop; Buckwild, Eric B and Rakim, and Lord Finesse.

Ultimately, music became his coping mechanism for the sad things that have happened in his life, a way to shake off despondency, lending all his music its bitter-sweet mood. But when you have a brain that counts Duchamp, Andy Warhol, his old art teacher and Erik Satie as heroes, that melancholy is expressed in the most magnetic and original way.

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Misty Miller at The Harley 19.04

Fuzzy punk-pop from Misty Miller, playing the Harley on 19th April

Killer songwriter Misty Miller is fast-gaining attention for her raw, emotive intensity.

She’s the kind of take-no-shit heroine this generation needs. Hewn from the same deep passions and musical lineage as PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde, Misty has impressed fans far and wide, including Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank, who declared, “She has a voice that will slay us all”

Her new album set to release early April has received some amazing buzz and we can’t wait to listen!

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MONEY – 20.04.16

We’re thrilled to announce that Manchester indie outfit MONEY play the Harley on 20th April. Tickets will be onsale at 10am on Wednesday 20th April.

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In 2013, MONEY released their debut album ‘The Shadow of Heaven’, following only a handful of concerts that felt more like communions in out-of-the-way venues, advertised only by word-of-mouth. The record sounded similarly crafted – all haunted melody and atmosphere, invested with an unusually ambitious and uncompromising lyrical zeal. This was a band that invested as much in what they meant as how they sounded.

Two years on, the new MONEY album, ‘Suicide Songs’, takes you deeper into their sound and vision. It feels more advanced and yet simpler, more perfected and yet more open. It is, by turns, a tender, barren, cavernous, smouldering, despairing and inspirational piece of work. It’s a long day’s journey into night, but it pays huge dividends when you arrive, drawing you in and casting a spell that won’t let go. Yet it very nearly didn’t get made.

Before ‘The Shadow of Heaven’ was even conceived, MONEY had been quietly honing their art in Manchester, where the three members (Jamie Lee, Billy Byron and Charlie Cocksedge) met whilst studying. Only two singles had been released (‘Who’s Going to Love You Now’ on Manchester independent Sways, and ‘So Long (God is Dead)’ on French independent Almost Musique) before Bella Union tracked them down.

‘Suicide Songs’ finds the band gelling as never before, framing Jamie’s poetic vision with an intuitive grasp of the album’s dignified and despairing themes. There are strings and brass, gospel-style backing vocals, and the (Indian stringed) dilruba on the opening ‘I Am The Lord’.


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Tiny Ruins at The Harley, 17.05.16

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We’re thrilled to announce that alt-folk outfit Tiny Ruins (NZ) will play The Harley on 17th May.

Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group now includes Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums & Tom Healy on electric guitar. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike. Sometimes likened to Nick Drake, Mazzy Star or Nico, Fullbrook’s voice and guitar work evades cliché, making use of alternate tunings by way of her own self-styled fingerpicking. Lyrically one of a kind, stories are laced with a dark humour that is at times disarmingly confessional, at others, cryptic and philosophical.

Fullbrook was born in Bristol, England, before moving to New Zealand with her family at the age of ten and settling in West Auckland. She learnt the cello from a young age, picking the guitar up and writing songs from her early teenage years. Asked to support Alasdair Roberts in Sydney, May 2010, she was soon signed to Australian indie label Spunk Records on the strength of some demos. Tiny Ruins’ debut Some Were Meant for Sea was released in 2011 and saw critical praise for its minimalist approach & lyrical flair. The band are currently working on their third album.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Harley

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer/songwriter whose melancholic brand of acoustic folk-pop has drawn comparisons with the likes of Jose Gonzalez and Iron & Wine. He will play The Harley on 26th April in support of his forthcoming new album.

Born in York in 1989 to South African and Australian parents, Leftwich lived a nomadic childhood, spending just as much time in Sydney as in his native U.K.

Inspired by Elliott Smith and Bruce Springsteen, he taught himself to play the guitar at age ten, and fronted indie pop outfit the Nicoles in his teens before embarking on a solo career which has seen him achieve incredible critical acclaim.

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