HRVRD, O'Brother, Daylight, One Another

Originally a post-hardcore band in its infancy, North Carolina's Harvard has evolved into an emotionally captivating and enthralling group of musical artists. That word is important and requires stressing: artists. Because art is the driving force behind everything Harvard strives to achieve. Each song is a color or stroke across the canvas that is their debut release, The Inevitable and I, on Enjoy The Ride records. The musical landscape they create is shaped with cascading guitar melodies churning beneath soft, yet fervent, vocal croons. Their songs are sculpted and woven together meticulously to evoke a personal response from the listener. And their craft is not relegated to the passive listening experience of a travel soundtrack or the background drone found at any social function. It transcends these and culminates in a live spectacle fueled as much by passion and human sweat as it is the desire and ache to share it; because it is what they love. That's what artists do.

Who is your influence?

We all consciously or subconsciously think, speak, and act based on what influences us. We look for inspiration to get us through tough times while realizing our past experiences have a stronghold on how we now see the world. If you had the opportunity to sit down and reflect on what you believe and who you have become, your main influences will emerge. Imagine trying to capture this experience. You transcribe it for either your own pleasure or catharsis. Finally, you etch your name into this work that significantly represents a time in your life and release it.

This is what O'Brother has gone through in creating their first full length, Garden Window. As major bands reunited, disbanded, or put out a new album for the first time in years, O'Brother realized the impact these artists have had on their lives and music. Mogwai, Deftones, Isis, Earth, Converge, Blonde Redhead, Oceansize, Clint Mansell, Torche, Radiohead, Sigur Ros and The Appleseed Cast are just a few of the artists that planted a seed that germinated while O'Brother was writing and recording Garden Window.

In 2010, O'Brother's tour schedule started with a heavy onset of dates that never relented. They transformed into a much tighter live band due to constantly performing.

At the end of the year, O'Brother began the writing process for their first full length. Drawing from their musical influences, the band also acknowledged the impact being on the road had had on them personally. Relationships with family, friends, and significant others altered dramatically due to touring. The readjustment to the normality of home life contradicted the escape from reality that touring presents. The tension created by this change needed to be captured as an influence on the new album.

It is a daunting task to creatively represent how you have grown as a band compared to your previous work. Not only has O'Brother grown collectively, but individually as well, both musically and professionally. Native American tradition believed taking a picture of someone also took a piece of their soul. O'Brother views this album in the same vein. It captures a piece of them at a time in their lives that they will never get back.

The Difference In Good And Bad Dreams is Daylight's third proper EP in as many years and a precursor building up to next year's much anticipated debut full-length. These four new songs mark the Doylestown, PA quintet's most focused and diverse record yet. Twinkling leads and Cobain-esque foreground whisper-singing add space and dimension atop of walls of grungy gained-out guitars. The tempo of the music harkens to brooding, patient mid-90s post-hardcore a la Fugazi or Quicksand, lending to a desperate undercurrent running beneath the songs. The thick rhythm section and spacious, huge drum parts are perfectly written to support some of the bands catchiest and biggest vocal hooks to date. Daylight's signature unrelenting lyrical depression continues yet with a more melodic and dynamic vocal approach, fitting perfectly with the music. With this EP, the band has effectively carved out it's own notch alongside contemporary post-hardcore heavyweights like Title Fight, Balance & Composure and Make Do And Mend paving the way for a breathtaking debut LP in 2012.

One Another

punk/rock trio with members of Columns, Minority Party, Hungry Girl, Yamahasexxx, Les Wright & The Double Standard, etc.

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HRVRD, O'Brother, Daylight, One Another

Thursday, May 30 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Milestone Club