Exclusive interview with new rock band The Harlyns

Tell me about the band; how did you form and how long have you been together?

The band started of originally with Stephen on the drums and myself (Zac) on guitar. We began at 15 years old covering Arctic Monkeys tunes at Stephen’s house. And one day we both decided to have a go at making our own tune. It sounded shite but since then we’ve got better and better. We then recruited Ashley Kirk on bass and Joe Leak on guitar. Now we’re all 17 and we’ve been together as a foursome for around 4 months

Why did you choose to be in a band?

The whole lifestyle of being in a band fucking attracted us all. It sucked us in. Seeing the likes of Oasis and Arctic Monkeys performing with the crowds going fucking nuts, we wanted to create that feeling for others as well. I love rock’n’roll music and what it does to people. For us it’s all about playing live and seeing people lose their shit to your music, I’m obsessed with the whole lifestyle. The thought of sitting behind a desk all my life getting on the same shit train every day drives me nuts. I want to see the world you know, experience different things

Where are you from and what’s the local music scene like?

We’re from Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire. There’s a few young bands around the area and some decent music venues, but we’re aiming to venture away from Bishops Stortford and gig around other areas such as Cambridge and London. But at the end of the day we just want as many people as possible to hear our music

Who did you grow up listening to, and who are the biggest musical influences on the band?

I never really got into music till I was about 13/14. I remember as a kid my dad playing bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Muse. But I found music at around 13/14. We listen to Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Kasabian, The Beatles etc.

As the songwriter, the biggest influences on my music are writers such as Noel Gallagher, Alex Turner, John Lennon. They’re all fucking geniuses and I adore their music

The Harlyns
The Harlyns

What do your lyrics tend to focus on?

I couldn’t tell you what our lyrics are about as I don’t have a fucking clue. I write what comes into my head and if it fits and sounds good I’ll use it. A few songs here and there are personal but on most occasions they’re just a load of shite. I find it easier to write about random things as that way I’m not trying to point at things and talk about specific events or whatever

Given the state of current day politics and its effects, would you ever consider embodying that in lyrics?

I’d try to keep political opinions and current world affairs out of my music to be honest. Music should be a positive thing at the end of the day, and people should be able to forget the current state of the world and just lose themselves in the songs, plus a song about Trump and Brexit probably wouldn’t sound too good anyway

Tell me about your writing and recording process

Creating a song is easy for us. I’d be in my room playing about on the guitar and all of a sudden I’ll create a riff or chord pattern. I’ll then film it on my phone send it to our drummer,  he’ll then create a drum routine for it. We’d get together in the practise room and make a scratchy recording of it and then just work on it from there. About 2 weeks ago we went into a proper studio for the first time to record one of our songs. It took around 5 hours to finish everything and make it perfect but it sounds the bollocks. We’re aiming to be in the recording studio once a month so by the time we’re gigging regularly we’ll be able to hand out CDs or whatever and build up a following.

What plans do you have for the future in terms of gigging and recording?

Currently we’re just trying to get enough songs fully completed so we can gig properly. We’ve got a few things lined up for the future in terms of gigs and shows. But we’re not rushing anything, we don’t want to rush into performing too early and have people go ‘don’t go and see The Harlyns they’re fucking awful’. In terms of recording we’re aiming to have an EP recorded by the end of the year which will be released.

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