The HARA, is Josh Taylor (Frontman), Zack Breen (Lead Guitar) and Jack Kennedy (Drums).
The young trio met when singer Josh found lead guitarist Zack and drummer Jack online through a shared love of music and a passion for performing live. The chemistry was there from the beginning and the three hit it off instantly before announcing the band on the 29th July 2017.
The boys found their eclectic sound a mix of pop and rock inspired by the likes of The 1975, Harry Styles, Panic at the Disco!, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Twenty One Pilots, and Kings Of Leon. Producing a youthful unique sonic pallet which paint catchy, empathetic and electrifying radio friendly indie pop rock songs, many stadium-ready anthems amongst their catalogue, they hit the ground running with the support of their social media fanbase.
The HARA completed their first 6 date UK headline tour ‘Only Young’ after just three months of becoming a band after which they announced a 10 date UK and Ireland ‘No Regrets’ tour to promote their first EP. Performing unreleased music and selling out shows in Manchester and London with their lively invigorating theatrical pop infused indie rock shows they sit comfortably amongst some of their idols in the now popular ‘Alternative’ genre.
Independently releasing ‘Made To Be’, a track from their ‘No Regrets’ EP, they achieved #3 in the official iTunes Alternative charts taking over Panic! At the Disco and sitting just behind another all American Alternative Indie Rock/Pop band Imagine Dragons who also held onto the #2 spot. Later that week the ‘No Regrets’ EP was released on pre-sale reaching #1 for 2 days in the UK whilst also making #1 in Ireland. Upon release their No Regrets EP was the Highest New Entry in the official iTunes Album charts at #29 later reaching #2 in the official iTunes Alternative Album charts only to miss out on the #1 spot to Artic Monkeys who also released their first Album in five years. In the ‘all genre’ charts the EP made #8 in the UK and #6 in Ireland. Overwhelmed with the support they received The HARA are currently working on a follow up EP.
Next for The HARA will be support and promo tours, gigs and festivals to further their reach throughout the UK and overseas.
BBC Introducing Lancashire was first to pick up on the band in 2017 playing their music weekly from the beginning, inviting them into the station, headlining them for a Children In Need concert and placing them on the BBC Introducing Stage for their first Festival. Other early adopters included Bolton FM, The Bay Radio and Radio Saltire all playing their music on air. The Bay Radio, now Heart North Lancashire & Cumbria (CN Group) showcased THE HARA at the Morecambe Carnival and at the Lancaster Lights Switch On along-side Scouting for Girls after which they invited the lads into the station for a Christmas live lounge special.
The HARA band name was derived accidentally after finding the ‘Sahara’ brand etched on a barbeque with the ‘Sa’ faded so only ‘hara’ remained. After finding out ‘the hara’ is a tool for spiritual awakening the band immediately likened themselves to the Eastern meanings ‘gateway into the etheric envelope surrounding the planet’ and ‘an infinite ocean of energy’, hence the decision was made, The HARA was born!