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It's a mark of greatness to inspire your fans to buy guitars rather than just tickets and albums. The Beatles did it, lighting the fire of a Merseybeat revolution that would take over the world. So too The Sex Pistols, who prompted The Clash, The Damned and The Buzzcocks to get out of the audience and up on stage. In more recent times, The Libertines pulled Britpop back from the brink, inspiring a generation of bands more indebted to the explosive gutter-punk of The Ramones than the pompous stadium-rock of Stereophonics.

Today's unlikely scene starters, Bombay Bicycle Club, are at the vanguard of a quiet riot in British pop. Fusing quirky Anglo-folk with the Paul Simon-inspired rhythms of Vampire Weekend, they've paved the way for a generation of young bands eager to leave the skinny-jeaned swagger of their forebears behind. With their deft melodic touch and songwriting nous, they've done much to reinvent English guitar music for the new decade.

At the forefront of this reinvention are Harting. Falling between the folky brilliance of 'Flaws' and the bouncy jangle-pop of 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose', the band's recent demo "Innocence" is a gorgeous slice of neo-Britrock. Far from being BBC imitators, the Brighton-based outfit have taken the Londoners' blueprint, injecting it with an emotional intensity that belies their musical inexperience. A bold statement of intent, "Innocence" is destined to break the hearts of legions of indie fans.
- Generator - Toby Rogers

"Harting – 2 Track Demo – Unsigned Bands"


Another band found through Twitter (Thankyou Jack Dorsey). They’re a very young band based near Brighton, the band consists of Sam, 16, Fletcher, 17, muel 17, and Luke 16, these are all quite young but the music you would think very experienced musicians would’ve created these two beautiful songs. The band have played in several venues around the South East.

They take influences from Alt-J (being the most obvious I think), The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts, Little Comets and we were promised jetpacks.

This two track demo was released earlier in 2012 (why didn’t I find it earlier!), the two tracks that feature on here are called ‘Innocence’ and ‘Wired’, they say their songs are filled with intricate melodies, up tempo beats with a dark-beach style twist, and they’re beautiful.

The Music

Before I start rambling on about the songs, I think it’s better you listen to them both now.

I got into this type of music very late because when I got into rock/indie music I was very against alternative music, because I just found it strange and weird, and it’s took me quite a while for me to appreciate this type of music but I’m glad I do now because they’re not easy pieces to create.

Sometimes I find singers in these types of bands can be quite false, and not seem real but these vocals seem genuine, like that this is his normal singing voice and it really is something to listen to, just want him to be the commentator in my life.

‘Innocence’ was the first song I listened to, and I thought they were going to be quite a heavy band as soon as heard the first note played, then you get this silence and it just all of a sudden bursts into life, with so much energy. The lyrics in this song are very impressive, considering how young the writer is, I know people who are twice his age and struggle to piece a sentence together (you don’t want to meet them). I’m more impressed about how it was pieced together and the composing that has went on to create this song, I can make a guess that has been anything but simple or easy. In this song they just pick up the tempo and then drop it again, and it feels so natural, it doesn’t seem out of place or anything.

‘Wired’ is the second track on this EP, and although I prefer ‘Innocence’ I think this has the more melody that they said they brought to the table. I prefer this melody because, you’ve got a constant guitar part playing in the background, just the same notes and that quite addictive on it’s own. But you have this incredible voice over the top of that. Again like the first, the lyrics are very impressive and they just pick up the tempo and drop whenever they like and it just feels like that’s the way it should be.


These two songs truly are brilliant, and it would be a crime for them not to reach everyone because they really are that good. Hopefully they’re working on some more tracks, one things for sure they definitely have a new fan that will buy into them.

Get them on twitter





http://www.facebook.com/HartingUK - Words For Music


Twitter is a great social media tool, but the way it influences me the most is discovering new music and usually when a band follows me for no reason I check out their stuff. This is how things panned out when I found Harting’s demos on soundcloud. Considering people are saying guitar music is dying, these young lads from Brighton might be answering the call.

I’m going to look at one of the two demos available called Innocence. It’s not often a band takes my attention within about 30 seconds, the slow building guitar riff lulls you in as you wait for it to break out into something bigger. When the crescendo comes it’s a wall of sound that’s full of tight drumming and catchy noodling guitar riffs, proving that these guys certainly know how to catch your attention. As the track moves through we always return to that intro riff as if the song is split into distinct parts. The vocals match the style of the music perfectly and the song sounds almost effortless in its construction, all that’s left to say is I can’t wait to hear more. - GoldFlakePaint (Jamie Brooker)


2 track demos:


Innocence made it onto a compilation album called 'Resonance' that is available to download from iTunes, Amazon MP3, and stream on Spotify. The tracks have also recieved airplay from local stations in East sussex, as well as stations Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, London and the National radio 3 in Spain.



Harting are a young band based near Brighton, UK. After forming in early 2011, consisting of Sam, 16, Fletcher, 17 and Luke 16, Mule 17, the band have played in venues all over the South east, including The Roundhouse, London, Proud Camden, London, De la Warr - Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hastings, as well as many venues in Brighton.

They released their first 2 track demo in mid 2012, consisting of 'Innocence', and 'Wired': The songs are filled with intricate melodies, up tempo beats with a dark-beach style twist. Harting will release a debut EP and start playing a vast line up of shows in the UK this year.