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7" / CD Single
wishing well (mp3)
22nd August 2005
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The sound of Yorkshire rising, Harrisons' songs clamour for attention
both musically and in the content of what they have to say; things observed
from the streets where they grew up and dealt with typical Yorkshire no-nonsense.
Townies. Drugs. Fighting. Boredom. 'I'm going out tonight/Because the
TV's full of shite' spews the chorus of b-side Out Tonight,
and you'd be hard-pushed to argue with such bold sentiment. All the bottled-up
tension that becomes the raw material of the best. But what separates
Harrisons is their enviable sense of community, the idea of four lads
in a band; that rare essence that those like Oasis have been striving
to stuff back in the bottle since day one.
'Walking around Hillsborough with a guitar is almost like carrying a dead body in public' Ben Stanton.
They have a band dynamic that stretches beyond just a tightness of sound,
but back to their shared roots as best mates for most of their young lives.
Adam 'Jubby' Taylor explains, 'We all just like the same music and
we all dress the same and I suppose it bonds you together when there's
loads of dickheads and that round here.' Being raised 'surrounded
by dickheads' has given Harrisons a purpose and a point to prove;
when they sing about 'stupid twats in Burberry caps' you can be
sure they've had first-hand experience of the uglier side of the steel
city. They've been put in hospital for just daring to be who they are.
It's clear that Harrisons aren't afraid of doing things their own way,
whether through necessity or whim. All have to juggle the demands of day-to-day
labour ('we've all had rubbish jobs, joinery, fixing gutters and that')
with the music they hope will forge them a career. They went busking in
France last summer rather than stepping up to the musical rat race back
home ('we did 3 months in St. Tropez playing American Pie and raking
it in!') until they were eventually ejected by the local gendarmerie.
Try and catch them before they're chucked out of the following venues:
It's thus no surprise to hear that Steve Lamaq has already been championing the band thanks to the white-hot urgency in the thin end of their endeavours. Lead track Wishing Well stands accused of all the favourable comparisons you can throw their way and yet more; Out Tonight sounds like four lads racing a trolley down a hill for kicks. There's the obvious; Strummer, The Undertones, The Specials. Perhaps The Ramones, transposed thousands of miles, both geographical and cultural. But also broader strokes of Tom Waits, Dylan, the Stones; subtler nods to the masters as well as breakneck rock'n'roll. Harrisons are the most excited we've been about a band for a long time, and we can't wait for you to feel the same.
They've got the key and they know where to go.
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