Welcome to The Harriets on musicglue - Leeds based power pop band by day and all-singing, all-dancing two-headed multimedia creative platform on wet weekends. Come with us and have a wander for info on gigs, recordings, collaborations, video sessions, and other melodious goings-on.
The Harriets are a Leeds-based power pop band. Daniel Parker-Smith (guitar, vocals, jawline) and Ben Schrodel (bass, vocals, Roman nose) met at a party in Leeds when they were banging on about Johnny Marr and Paul McCartney respectively, and they’ve not found a good reason to stop since. Both songwriters that were in search of a band, they formed The Harriets as a means of collaborating on existing tunes and continuing to write more. They write the songs, work on releasing self-produced singles and create content around their DIY writing and recording process, while Ryan Bailey (drums), completes the lineup for live shows. With this formula, they deal in jangly, melodic tunes, with a focus on the bright, distinctive vocal harmonies of their two frontmen and creative melodic interplay between guitar and bass, and their shows are energetic, feelgood displays of musical camaraderie.
The Harriets have made waves in the Yorkshire music scene in 2018 so far. Fresh from winning a slot at Bingley Music Live and rubbing shoulders with the Kaiser Chiefs and Manic Street Preachers in late 2017, they have received airplay on Tom Robinson’s Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music, as well as plays on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire for four consecutive weeks across April and May 2018. They were chosen by independent industry expert judges such as Alan Raw from BBC Introducing and the organisers of festivals End Of The Road and Tramlines to work with Higher Rhythm as part of their Breakthrough development programme.
Most recently the band headlined a BBC Introducing West Yorkshire showcase gig curated by Alan Raw and 360club and are set to head into the summer with a slot at Long Division festival.
"To me, their song Television sounds like a lost classic recording from CBGB's era New York, which in my book is high praise indeed", Tom Robinson
"A plethora of influences seeping into this 4-track EP, packing all your surfing psych needs with fine, fine songwriting" - Jumbo Records
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