Sunday, June 18, 2017

COUNTING SONG




A couple of weeks back my friend’s kid’s school was having a fundraiser. All the parents were offering up their services to be auctioned and one of the parents was auctioning off 3 hours studio time.
ANYHOW, I got pretty drunk at my friend’s kid’s school fundraiser as the beers were only £2 and I went halves with my friend in the studio time, on the condition that I’d included her kids in a song.
Long story short, Counting Song was mostly recorded at home with vocals and mixing done by Alex Hehir in Oxford.
It’s a song about numbers 1 to 3 but also features numbers 5 to 9.
ENJOY



Sunday, February 12, 2017

SPAIN + CASSETTES



This week (Feb 14 - 20) Phillipa and I will be escaping the grey for sunny Spain.
I've got a whole bunch of new songs including a great one about DAY MOON. Has anyone seen day moon lately? It's the best. It seems so other-worldly. Much better than night moon.


Check out our shows under the shows tab ^. ALSO I have another cassette coming out called EP Phone Home which I recorded it with Lia Mice a great producer/singer/songwriter/all-rounder legend. We're both pretty proud of it. It's a good little 4 song wonder until the next album comes out. You can probably buy it if you're in Spain this coming week. I'll have download codes in them too just in case you don't have a cassette player which I'm assuming will be the case for all of you. CDs are redundant anyway so what's the point of any tangible format now. Also I'll be playing a show with the great Peter Loveday in Barcelona and I can't wait. Looking forward to it. I'll post photos.

I'll leave you with this lovely track too.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

HELLO LONDON? THIS IS HARLEY CALLING

LONDON so here you are (or here I AM?). Home of The Clash, Pretty Things and all those bands. Home of rain and cold weather, of something and something, of other romantic things and all that kind of stuff - you get the point. So I'm here now for an indefinite period of time. Looking to book another tour for early next year! I already have a bunch of new songs for the next album but I've gotta wait until I get back to Australia to record them (a short visa visa - then I'll be back in London again hopefully!).

ANYWAYS I'm going to see Calvin Johnson next Monday with Phillipa so that should be GREAT!
ALSO there are many many bands here that I'm looking forward to seeing and playing shows with. Will keep you update! XO Harley




Friday, July 15, 2016

Stuff that has been happening



HI EVERYONE THAT READS THIS


This is just a quick update. I can't believe it has been so long since I've last posted on this blog.

Left France now and travelling around.
Living in France was epic, we loved every moment. Despite what they say the French are lovely warm and welcoming people and we were overwhelmed with the love we received from friends and music lovers throughout.

We've taken time of any music stuff also to do some normal travelling -  to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine & now Austria.
I'm about to go eat a schnitzel...


ALSO
QUEBEC I'M COMING BACK TO YOU IN ABOUT 2 WEEKS. Can't wait.

Also I'm currently organising some SHOWS for a little Quebec mini tour, if anyone out there wants to host Phillipa and I for a living room concert that would be most rad.

We're looking for Quebec dates - 9 - 12 and 14 - 20 August, as well as Montreal dates 9 - 12, 20 - 21. We can play this for you!! As well as a heap of new songs.

WILL POST MORE ABOUT NEW SONGS, NEW ALBUM RECORDING SOMETIME SOON AND MORE INTERESTING THINGS. XO


Friday, August 7, 2015

Paris, shows and more CDs!



Hey I'm still in Paris and I got some shows coming up.

First one is an in-store at Balades Sonore  on 20th of August.

Next one is a show at Pop In in Paris on 25 August.

Now here's some photos of me pointing at shit.

BLess x








Monday, May 4, 2015

THANK YOU, PARIS, ALBUM 2



Ladies and gents, I wanna say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my Sandgate concept album, Flinders Parade. I'm happy to say that the album has completely SOLD OUT except for about 3 or so copies on Bandcamp. Thanks again to the Haymakers who helped me put this album together and to Sean Cook, Cameron Smith and Simon Paradis especially for their work producing and recording.

THE REVIEWS!

Anyways here are some great reviews of the album too if you're thinking about buying a digital copy or one of the few remaining physical copies!

The simple songs are recorded with no bells and whistles, but whether it’s the suburb’s physical locale (Margate GF, Spring Hill To The Gate), propensity for fights and Entertainment Centre burnouts (Balls Deep In Boondall) or general idiosyncrasies (Chook Raffle Lady), it’s a gorgeous and heartfelt reminder that home is definitely where the heart is. 

- 4/5 stars, Steve Bell, TheMusic.com.au

Sydney has Perry Keyes, whose lyrics focus on the local and particular. Sandgate has Young and his tunes about the bayside suburb that is his home...Young wraps these local yarns in hard-to-resist folk-pop settings such as Calling In The Dogs and Chook Raffle Lady, sparkling like sun on the water...Puts you in the mood for fish and chips and a walk on the flats, and I need one of those I Believe in Sandgate logos on a T-shirt! 

- 4/5 stars, Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail

It’s a perfect combination, as the Haymakers complement Harley’s songwriting with their melodic punch and subtle instrumentation. Actually, this record feels like a document, kind of like feeling in the dark, of everyone discovering each other musically. It’s one of the many charms of Flinders Parade. What really comes through though, is a sense of place. It almost goes without saying really, but it has to be noted, Harley writes what he knows.  

- Ian Powne, 4zzz.

I'm stoked and will definitely be reissuing the album soon.

For the mean time, I've relocated to France! I'm hoping the change will inspire album number 2!
Yay for youth work visas and cheap wine and bread!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AL-BUM, MEL-BUM, Review, Gin Club Sydney + QMA + France


Well lots has happened since my last post.

AL-BUM

IT'S OUT! COME AND GET IT HERE M8s - https://harleyyoung.bandcamp.com/

I'm super stoked that a lot of people have got behind it. Thank you to the Haymakers - Phillipa, Scott, Ange, Ash and Muzz and big thanks Sean and Cam, We've done it!

The first of the reviews are in too! Good news so far:

"A gorgeous and heartfelt reminder that home is definitely where the heart it" 4/5 stars.
TheMusic.com.au

DON'T MISS THE REMAINING TOUR DATES EITHER!!

Friday 20 February
MUM World Bar, Sydney NSW
w/Go Go Fish, Dr Spaceman

Saturday 21 February 
The Great Northern, Newcastle NSW

Friday 27 February
Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin QLD

Pre-launch support!
The Gin Club
Saturday 19 March
O'Malleys, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 28 March
Beetle Bar, Brisbane QLD 

QMA

Also! Margate GF made the "Highly Commended" section for the QMA awards for 2015.
I'm pretty happy about that because there are some very amazing artists on that list and I'm stoked to be in their company.




SANDGATE trivia

Here's some Sandgate lyrical reference trivia too for the curious listener

Flinders Parade - Jamie is a real character and he does sing elvis tunes usually outside woolworths, or at least he did anyway.

Balls Deep In Boondall - for the non-Brisbane people the B.E.C is the Boondall Entertainment Centre.

Cool fact - I.B.I.S used to just be a local unofficial saying that stood for "I Believe In Sandgate" but when they built the new mini shopping complex over the road from the war memorial they actually named it the "IBIS" shopping centre. They slapped the image of an IBIS on the front of the building and underneath it was written for the first time "I Believe In Sandgate".It was originally going to stand for "It's beautiful in Sandgate" but I don't think anyone was going to stand for that!





Toff in Town show was total radness. They gave us a carton of beer, a fancy band room and wine exciting times. ACTOR BUDDHISTS WERE AMAZING

FRANCE

By the way I am moving to France in April I'll be back though with another album. I will tour the album in France probably too. Gotta get my ass into gear.