High Hazels single launch party, 30.04.15

The ace High Hazels​ will be returning to our place on 30th April for a big ol’ party to celebrate their new single ‘Valencia’. Tickets for the show are onsale now and are also available in person with no booking fee from The Harley​ box office.

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With acclaim for their eloquent songwriting and gentlemanly charm, James Leesley (vocals/guitar), Scott Howes (guitar), Paul Barlow (bass guitar) and Anthony Barlow (drums) are set to follow on from the success of their self-titled debut album, released in October of last year. The album was recorded with producer Matt Peel (Pulled Apart By Horses, Eagulls) and mastered by Robin Schmidt (The Coral, Jake Bugg).

The young quartet from Sheffield are boys who horde priceless guitars, but can’t afford the bus fare home, rehearse dry George Harrison barbs in the bathroom mirror, read the Angling Times, and go to their Nan’s for Sunday dinner.

Their artistry awash with the Steel City’s reputation for melancholy witticism and intricacy, High Hazels soar in melodies of everlasting wanderlust, as desires of blithe youth permeate in northern nuances both authentic and chaste. Dream pop powered by a lovelorn landscape, A. Barlow drums an upbeat anthem for the doleful, as Leesley’s vocals echo shimmering chords in a sunlit tenor.

“Hazy afternoons spent drifting through an ancient river bed formed the inspiration behind this song,” says P. Barlow.

“The river bed has now dried and is known as the ‘Garden of Turia’.

“Drenched with summery guitars and plenty of Valencian juicy oranges, the drums pound through the back streets and into the town square,” he says.

The release of ‘Valencia’ will be accompanied by an acoustic version of the track, as well as acoustic B-sides of their lead single ‘Misbehave’, and The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’, which was first played on BBC Radio 2 for Dermot O’Leary. To celebrate the release of ‘Valencia’, High Hazels will be selling a limited run of 100 DIY handmade sleeves, featuring art drawn by the band.

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Lemuria/Dads at The Harley, 27.05.15

We are seriously happy to be able to welcome Lemuria and Dads to The Harley this May. The band play on Wednesday 27th May, and tickets will be onsale from Friday 20th February.

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Lemuria
Influenced by the likes of Lemonheads, Superchunk, Jawbreaker, and Hüsker Dü in crafting their own punky, melodic indie rock, Lemuria formed during the fall of 2004 in Buffalo, New York.
Lemuria’s first full-length record, Get Better, was handled by Asian Man Records and appeared in February 2008 to considerable praise and positive reviews. Pebble, the band’s second album, arrived in early 2011, followed by Distance Is So Big in 2013.

Dads
Indie emo/punk duo who formed in Piscataway, New Jersey in 2010.
After a handful of EPs and singles they released their debut full-length, American Radass, in 2012. Touring relentlessly, Dads built up their following and released the Pretty Good EP in 2013. Relocating to Ann Arbor, Michigan, they signed with California-based indie 6131 Records and released their second LP, I’ll Be the Tornado, in 2014.

Plus…
Personal Best
Spirited power-pop & blissed-out indierama from Bristol.

Advance tickets available in person with no booking fee from The Harley or online.
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Kiran Leonard at The Harley, 16.03.15

We’re delighted to announce that the awesome Kiran Leonard will be coming to The Harley on 19th March. Tickets for the show are onsale now online, or in person with no booking fee from the venue.

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Kiran Leonard is a mercurially talented 19-year-old musician from Oldham, Greater Manchester. The debut double Bowler Hat Soup was released in late 2013 as an original limited run of 300 vinyl copies, and his music has won acclaim from publications as diverse as The Guardian, NME, Pitchfork, The Line Of Best Fit, The Quietus and Mojo.

Three singles from the album were playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music, who also featured it as an Album Of The Day, and Kiran was invited to perform on both the Marc Riley and Lauren Laverne shows. Kiran was also invited to co-present a special edition of the Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie, made a guest appearance on Steve Lamacq’s Round Table, and has performed live on BBC Radio 4′s Front Row programme

“Kiran Leonard makes manic, rippingly good music” – Drowned in Sound

“It’s worth reminding yourself that the swarming deeps, lo-fi thumbprints and careworn erudition of Bowler Hat Soup would represent a career-best achievement for a preternatural craftsman of any age” – Record Collector

“there’s so much depth (before we even get to Leonard’s fascinating vocal yelps and stream-of-consciousness lyrics) and variety it’s verging on the unbelievable that it was written before he was even out of school” – The Line Of Best Fit

“…without a doubt the most invigorating song I’ve heard all year” – Pitchfork

“He’s supremely, eclectically gifted – meet the Manc mutha of invention” – The Guardian

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Demob Happy at The Rocking Chair, 10.04.14

Following 2014’s blistering debut single ‘Succubus’, Demob Happy will play The Rocking Chair on 10th April.

Tickets are onsale now from The Harley with no booking fee, or online.

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Demob Happy left the UK’s small venues smouldering last year after unleashing their impulsive garage rock wrath on their debut October tour. Last year’s scuzz-ridden debut single ‘Succubus’ was met by a wave of acclaim from the likes of the Guardian, NME, DIY, Q, Classic Rock and many more gaining them a spot in the NME’s ‘50 New Bands Set To Storm 2015’ list, and a date at DIY’s ‘Hello 2015’ show at the Old Blue Last this month supporting Girl Band. ‘Succubus’ also received airplay from BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Phil Taggart.

Whether it’s battling in court for their gear back from the noise police, making music videos on a £10 budget, or recording and producing everything they do themselves, then returning the gear to the shop afterwards for a refund – Demob Happy didn’t get it easy, they just made it look that way.

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Waxahatchee at The Harley, 18.06.15

We’re delighted to be able to welcome Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee to The Harley. The Wichita Recordings-signed band will play on 18th June in support of their third full-length, Ivy Tripp.

Tickets are onsale now, and are available at The Harley in person with no booking fee or online.

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Since leaving her childhood home in Alabama, Crutchfield has drifted between New York and Philadelphia but chose to return to Alabama to write her first two albums: American Weekend, her debut filled with powerful lo-fi acoustic tracks full of lament, and Cerulean Salt, a more developed and solid narrative about growing up. Both are representations of a youthful struggle with unresolved issues and unrequited feelings.

Her latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from these previous albums and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-honesty.

With Crutchfield’s vocals in full bloom, we are given a record that feels more emphatic and pronounced.

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