Biography

The-Hara-Die-In-The-City-2021
The-Hara-Die-In-The-City-2021

2021 kicked off with Black Soul Ceremony, Afterlife, Fool & The Thief and most recently a gripping new single ‘Die in the City’ ahead of unveiling their next six track EP.

Palpable from the second you press play; Die in the City lyrically focuses on social media and the pressures that immediately form from having a presence online. A storming juggernaut, it brims with infectious power rock guitar licks and a probing electronic soundscape.

Speaking about the track, frontman Josh Taylor says, “This song is all centred around the negative effects social media can have on you and from our perspective as a band. We felt so stuck in a routine of living our career through our phones, constantly posting and dealing with the effects of reaching millions of people for the first time (good and bad) over lockdown and having no live shows to look forward to, all that just gave us this overwhelming feeling of doubt, anger & frustration all of which we touch on in detail throughout this song.”

Die in the City marks the trio’s second release with Manchester-based label ‘Scruff of the Neck’ and follows on from THE HARA finally fulfilling a triumphant UK headline tour with Live Nation and partners this autumn after Covid delays forced them to reschedule several shows numerous times. Previous single ‘Fool & The Thief’ weaved elements of rock, pop, punk, and electro into a dramatic three minutes gaining its first play on BBC Radio 1 with Gemma Bradley.

BIOGRAPHY

2021 was an exceptionally successful summer for the Manchester band as they appeared at festivals up and down the country. Back in June they played the Download Festival Pilot before bookending the summer by opening the main stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds. THE HARA also played triumphant shows at TRNSMT in Glasgow, Tramlines in Sheffield, Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington, and Slam Dunk in the north and south.

“THE HARA have a secret, and the secret is their sound – it is untamed, unlimited.”– Manchester Evening News

The trio consisting of; Josh Taylor (frontman), Zack Breen (guitar) and Jack Kennedy (drums), have already found a home on SpotifyApple Music and Amazon Music playlists as their ‘genre fluid’ sound sees them continue to break new ground sonically. This hybrid of sounds has also warranted them to be featured across airwaves and column inches, with notable acclaim from BBC IntroducingAmazing Radio, Kerrang! and Manchester Evening News.

Explaining the band’s mantra, Josh elaborates, “We want to show everyone that despite it all, despite what the statistics say, despite what people say or any of that social media acceptance bullsh*t, it really doesn’t matter. Thousands of people reject you for being different but there are 10 times over that amount who will accept you and who are feeling just like you. If people can become a part of such a glorious resistance through our music, then that’s our mission”

Grit, energy, and a perceptive exploration of the chaos that surrounds THE HARA has fuelled their recent anthemic releases. The genre-defying trio’s 2020 EP ‘Play Dead’ was no exception. Music written for a live audience and festival stages is at the core of the EP’s soundscape, with five tracks that inspire moshpit carnage in any crowd. ‘Play Dead’ contains chart hitting singles Animals, Circus and Off the Edge with two fierce rock anthems, Bite Down and Until It Happens, the latter co-written with You Me At Six’s, Max Heyler.

Their stage presence is likened to that of legendary rock greats Queen, AC/DC and Guns N Roses with an amped up sound taking influences from likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Panic! At The Disco, Lower Than Atlantis, The Hunna, Nothing But Thieves, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Don Broco, Idles, Yungblud and many more of their favourite artists; but it’s Josh’s stunning vocals, Zack’s gritty riffs and Jack’s punchy drum beats that ultimately define THE HARA.

 

FUN FACTS

  • THE HARA are yet to release their first album for the ‘official record charts’
  • 2021 saw THE HARA debut the festival scene gaining huge popularity from their live performances which started with Download Festival Pilot, this their first show out of lockdown and their first ever festival performance, you could say a significant turning point for the band attracting many new fans and Grammy Award-winning record producer Jason Perry who they are now working with for their debut album
  • 2020/21 COVID! EP #6 was written during lockdown, the first 4 tracks being released as singles, they found TikTok as an outlet at first to have some fun given the lack of live shows which subsequently led to their first Global Virtual Gig that attracted 10,000 sign ups
  • 2020 ‘Friends’ from their EP ‘Play Dead’ was synched on two globally released video games, NHL21 and Dirt 5
  • 2020 EP #5 ‘Play Dead’ achieved a UK #1 across All Genres in the UK iTunes Album Charts
  • 2020 EP #4 ‘We Are The Movement’ reached #1 in the UK Rock Charts and #2 across All Genres on release in the iTunes Album Charts
  • 2019 THE HARA signed to Paradigm booking agency, announcing their largest UK tour to date
  • 2019 THE HARA played live to more than 4,850 fans across the UK at their own headline shows
  • 2019 EP #3 ‘Tramp Brain’ was self-released without presale or a marketing budget and amazingly peaked at #3 in the UK iTunes Rock Charts.
  • 2019 EP #2 ‘Unconscious Minds Innocently Blind’ stormed to UK #1 in the iTunes Pre-Order Album Charts for 3 days, above Lewis Capaldi who had held #1 for the previous 3 weeks. On release, 22ndMarch 2019 this peaked at #5 across all genres in the UK Album Charts. Accidentally placed in the Pop Charts it peaked at #2, had it been placed in the Alternative or Rock Charts the EP would have claimed their first #1. Be Somebody was pre-released during pre-order and is THE HARA’s most streamed and purchased track to date, this was the song that first defined the band.
  • May 2018 marked their first milestone, self-releasing music. On release EP ‘No Regrets’ was the highest new entry at #29, later reaching #2 that same day and missing out on #1 to Arctic Monkeys who had released their first album in five years on the same day. During pre-release it achieved #1 in the UK and Ireland.
  • THE HARA launched with a YouTube music video ‘Only Young’ September 2017. This music video quickly amassed quarter of a million views and helped to establish an amazing fanbase that continues to grow with the band every day. The song was never released as they were keen to first find their sound and spent the next 6 months writing their first EP.
  • The band name came about accidentally and out of frustration having failed to find a suitable name with a free web domain and socials. Having a few beers and a barbecue Josh joking suggested ‘the hara’. At the time, their barbecue branded ‘Sahara’ with Sa barely visible covered in dirt and grime! Quickly googling ‘the hara’ they were surprised to find that the web domain and all the major social platforms were available. The word ‘hara’ with origins in Japan, is a term for a specific area of energy around the lower abdomen and often likened to as a sea of energy ‘the etheric envelope is like an infinite ocean of energy’. Liking the association with the body and references to infinite energy the band instantly connected with name ‘THE HARA’.
  • All three studied at BIMM Institute, a music school in Manchester. All graduated in the same year but were on different programmes so had never met or played together before the band. Josh first met Zack after advertising for band members in 2017 and it wasn’t until he later reached out to Jack that the band line-up was completed.
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