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.
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
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...
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
Monday, May 4, 2015
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.
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
Well lots has happened since my last post.
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.
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
The Gin Club
Saturday 19 March
O'Malleys, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 28 March
Beetle Bar, Brisbane QLD
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Now that I've got your attention. Here is the new single from Harley Young & The Haymakers.
Single 2 from our concept album about Sandgate, Brisbane. It's called Balls Deep In Boondall and my wife Phillipa and I made the film clip. It was fun.
So the album is due out this February (16 Feb is the date), available in all half decent Brisbane music stores and online via our Bandcamp. We have lots of exciting news coming up including some cool press, cool shows and more. Maybe even a competition who knows! But for now I leave you Balls Deep xo
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Great news! Margate GF or Mar-great GF I should say just got added to Triple J digital rotation!!!
Isn't that exciting!!
I bet you thought I got added to regular rotation huh? Well so did I for about 1 second but then i just got over myself. Anyhow - digital is the way of the future! so I think that it's probably better than getting lousy analogue rotation.
SO...I've been doing more album stuff, more Sandgate concept album stuff.
I laid the beds, most harmonies and overdubs for most of the album with Sean Cook who did an amazing job. He really killed it on Margate GF which has been doing the rounds a bit lately on 4zzz and Triple J digital and Radio National. If you haven't heard it yet check it out here!!
Currently I'm working with the legendary Cameron Smith to help me finish the album and it's been such a rewarding experience.
Cam has currently been adding some overdubs for us, placing field recordings, remixing songs I recorded in Canada, recording additional parts to a few of Sean's mixes and we recorded an amazing instrumental for the album also.
It's really been a pleasure working with people who understand what I'm trying to do and it's all coming together beautifully and I can't wait for it to come out (looks like it'll be out around early Feb). Here are some happy snaps:
Anyhow. Here are some reviews from Margate GF (recorded and produced by Sean Cook, Mastered by Ryan Morey, written by Harley [yours truly] and performed by Harley Young and the Haymakers) also (ps did you know you can download this awesome song for free???) yes free! See here.