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The best kept secret in music

Press


"Exclaim! Magazine"

-“ Toronto musician Steve Marrs has a gift for composing dynamic pop tunes similar in spirit to some of the Flaming Lips’ catchiest,weirdest and most fantastical numbers.
The tracks on this independent debut release lock listeners in with infectious melody before seamlessly shifting gears between hooks and grooves and occasionally soaring with pseudo orch-pop flourishes.”





- E.M.


"Mia Sheard"

-“ Going to the same old club to see HARKNESS felt like putting on the same old pair of jeans and finding twenty bucks in the pocket.They played really well-written songs
that didn’t sound like anything I’d ever heard before. And that’s a rare treat these days.”


- M.S.


"CKLN Radio"

-“ HARKNESS is among that rare breed of local Toronto bands I’ll likely never tire of seeing live. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Marrs leads the ensemble through deceptively complex, yet consistently melodic arrangements in the classically reverent pop-epic spirit of XTC’s Andy Partidge. Add to that a little bit of Folk/New Wave swagger and a penchant for dermis-breaching hooks. HARKNESS’s single “ Ciao to the Beauty’ is nothing short of brilliant signature material.”


- Chuck Molgat


"Suzie Vinnick"

-“ Working with HARKNESS was an ear-opening experience.The incredible vocal arrangements alone are worth catching this band for.”


- S. V.


Discography

4 song EP titled- 'Anonymous'
Full length debut C.D. titled- 'Ciao To The Beauty'
songs receiving radio airplay: 'Ciao To The Beauty'
'Sugar Bitch', 'Kisses We Invent', 'The War Within' and 'The Same'

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Introducing HARKNESS, an exciting new multi-media band headed by Steve Marrs.
The music has been described as “ Stravinsky colliding with John Lennon” and the live show is like nothing else out there!

Marrs, a musical prodigy, began piano at the age of two and played his first recital a year later. As a junior in High School he was recruited to play in the Senior Jazz Combo. Performing original compostions by Marrs, the Jazz Combo were awarded the highest marks in competition history at the Canadian Stage Band Festival.

While living in Europe, Nicolette of Massive Attack fame discovered Marrs’ multiple talents and called upon him to help with studio collaborations and extensive touring.

By now Steve Marrs has written hundreds of songs and has developed a virtuosic orchestration and writing style.

“ Toronto musician Steve Marrs has a gift for composing dynamic pop tunes similar in spirit to some of the Flaming Lips catchiest,weirdest and most fantastical numbers. HARKNESS’ single ‘Ciao To The Beauty’ is nothing short of brilliant signature material.”

EXCLAIM MAGAZINE

“ HARKNESS is among that rare breed of bands I’ll likely never tire of seeing live. Guitarist/vocalist Steve Marrs leads the seven piece ensemble through deceptively complex, yet consistently melodic arrangements in the classically reverent Pop epic spirit of XTC’s andy Partridge.”

Chuck Molgat CKLN Radio

“ HARKNESS masterfully executes a massive exhibition of popunklesmusophisticastrophy. I LOVE IT! ”

Brendan McGuire
Grammy award winning Producer / Sam Roberts / Sloan

The HARKNESS ‘Ciao To The Beauty’ c.d. captures over 30 different musicians ( tuba, steel drums, bassoons, strings, horns, marimba and more…) and features Steve Marrs on vocals, bass, guitar and drums.
All other instruments are organic and not sampled, played by local musicians.