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HARKER – ‘No Discordance’ Album Review

HARKER – No Discordance

HarkerHarker have announced their new album, No Discordance due for release on Friday 9th February 2018.

These Brighton based indie-punks cite the likes of Jimmy Eat World and The Wedding Present as influences and the opening track Station Approach manages to neatly blend the melody and harmony of the former band with the great guitar sound of the latter…it sounds more USA and UK in terms of the pop/punk sound with some great songwriting throughout.

The excellent guitar work sets up Plague Your Heart reminded me of some of the early 1990s punk from the likes of Husker Du and The Meat Puppets whilst Black Dog is slightly slower in pace but full of melody and hooks.

Harker started as an acoustic project but they have discovered a full punky sound as evidenced on the excellent 300 Cigarettes where the song explodes after a plaintive vocal opening. The churning chords and tight rhythm section propel the song along at a pleasing pace. On Nancy Downs the band shows a slightly different sound with hints of Stiff Little Fingers, booming bass and a soaring vocal. Lower Ground again displays some signature guitar work, pop melodies and a restrained middle eight that sets up a great ending. The 10-track album shows some variety with Caught Up a big ballad in a noise-pop style and Drive At Night featuring changes of pace, feedback, punchy sections and hooks a plenty!

The second to last song, Sometimes Dead Is Better is a skate-punk, circle pit pleaser and sets up the five minute long closing song, Endless Eight where Harker exploit a slow start to build to an amazing crescendo that I adored!

The band has already shared the stage with the likes of Creeper, Boston Manor, Moose Blood, Red City Radio & Off With Their Heads and have no plans on slowing down anytime soon, with 2018 tour dates to be announced in due course.

You can get yourself a copy of No Discordance by Harker at all major online outlets including Disconnect Disconnect Bandcamp page here: https://disconnectdisconnectrecords.bandcamp.com/album/no-discordance

 

 

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