Fleet Foxes, supergrass, John Butler Trio
Angus Radley - bass Julian Steel - drums Connor Black-Harry - guitar/vocals
luke howard trio, daws
The Black Harrys want to tell you a story. Their self-titled debut EP is an open book, a web of stories and sounds. Their songs will summon memories you didn’t know you had, as a sense of a time, a place, forms in your mind. They feel intensely personal, but as the lyrics leave gaps that elude your understanding, you begin to fill them in with your own experiences.
The fact that The Black Harrys cut their teeth on the Melbourne busking circuit feels present in the way they perform, unpretentious and relaxed, with an emphasis on connecting as performers. Recently signed to youth-run record label Decibels Records, the band were eager to get into the studio and hone a sound they were truly proud of.
There is an effortlessness to this songwriting. Without diminishing the obvious work that goes into crafting a song, there is nothing forced about The Black Harrys’ music. Despite the fact that each member is immensely confident with their instrument, nothing feels overplayed, and the songs achieve a natural balance.
As warm guitars and soaring vocals are accompanied by virtuosic rhythms, a sense of nostalgia is stirred, even if you’re hearing the song for the first time. There’s an immediacy in these songs: they feel like they appeared in the world fully formed.
The Black Harrys EP is set for release on October 18 through Decibels Records, as part of the 2014 Darebin Music Feast.