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HARKER release new single ‘300 Cigarettes’ and announce debut album details

HARKER release new single ‘300 Cigarettes’ and announce debut album details

HarkerBrighton indie-punks Harker are delighted to announce their debut album No Discordance’ which is set for release on Friday 9th February 2018.  To celebrate, the band are streaming a new track titled ‘300 Cigarettes’.

With 10 tracks of valve-busting punk rock, No Discordance is the result of months of hard work and an exhaustive journey to create what is a true mission-statement of an album. “No Discordance is a beast. We’ve thrown everything at it. It’s been the most difficult, but rewarding work we’ve done,” explains vocalist/guitarist, Mark Boniface.

Teaming up with an international coalition of labels including Disconnect, Disconnect & Future Void in the UK, Shield Recordings and Fond of Life in Europe, Wiretap in the USA and Fixing A Hole in Japan, No Discordance will be released on digital, CD and vinyl formats on Friday 9th February.

To celebrate the news Harker have shared ‘300 Cigarettes’ an entirely new song and the lead single from their upcoming album. Infectious and poppy, the track pays homage to the sweet tasting early pop-punk of bands like Saves The Day, Bouncing Souls and The Get Up Kids. However, despite being a fun, infectious, upbeat track the song has a serious underlying message as Mark explains:

300 cigs is about how people can use others emotional states to gain trust and self-assurance. At most times we can be caring, understanding and loving. But unfortunately, there are some who ignore the consequences of their actions on people, and it highlights a horrible part of human nature. At our worst, we can be self-centred, reserved and unaware of the problems we create within ourselves and within others. The song acts as a remedy to the damage left behind after we cut poisonous people out of our lives.”

If you like what you hear then you can catch Harker on tour in the UK later this month and in early December with Southampton’s Miss Vincent:

30 Nov – Subside, Birmingham
1 Dec – Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle
2 Dec – Single Shot Records, Leeds
2 Dec – Alma Inn, Bolton
3 Dec – Joiners, Southampton

 

 

To disect Harker it’s imporant to look at their influences. Growing up on a healthy diet of New Jersey and Chicago punk rock bands, Harker, like many their age, spent their formative years learning the lyrics to albums like ‘Goddamnit’ and ‘Hopeless Romantic’ front to back. This style of high-energy ‘cards on the table’ punk rock served them well and laid important foundations for the group, however was something they always wanted to “improve upon,” rather than just “settle” with and led them down a path towards the “guitar orientated” work of artists like Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jnr.

Initially beginning as an acoustic project back in 2014, Mark recruited the current formation of Harker across the span of three EP’s – Hours (2014), Gasping For Air (2014) and A Lifetime Apart (2015), the latter picked up by Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello’s Paper + Plastick imprint for release in the United States. Joined by Tony Ware (Guitar), Phoebe Saunders (Bass/Vocals) and Matt Claxton (Drums), the band began to incorporate more sophisticated influences into their songs, embracing the fuzz laden frenzy of artists like The Replacements, The Wedding Present and Husker Du.

“We’re not really the same band anymore,” explains guitarist, Tony. “Anyone who saw us in the early days would probably remember us a really acoustic-orientated band. We love those songs but we wanted to make everything fuzzier, poppier and LOUDER, which is why we switched to two electrics”.
Entering the studio with producer Tim Greaves at Southsea Sound, the band began work on their debut album – No Discordance with plans to create a “huge sounding record”:

“When I listen to early Jimmy Eat World, or an album like ‘Seamonsters’ by the Wedding Present, I’m always astounded how they managed to capture all the carnage and noise – it’s like lightening in a bottle. If we could even emulate half of that then we’d have accomplished what we set out to do” explains Tony.

Building on the success of their early success Harker quickly earned a solid reputation on the UK punk and indie rock circuits. Plying their trade across the UK and mainland Europe, 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 a tour with Miss Vincent about to begin and 2018 tour dates to be announced in due course.

‘No Discordance’ is out Friday 9th February on Disconnect, Disconnect (UK), Fond of Life (EU), Shield Recordings (EU), Fixing A Hole (JP) and Wiretap Records (USA).

Harker are:
Mark Boniface– guitar & vocals
Phoebe Saunders – bass & vocals
Tony Ware – guitar
Matt Claxton – drums

 

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