THE HARA, an alternative/rock band comprising Josh Taylor (Frontman), Zack Breen (Guitar) and Jack Kennedy (Drums) stormed their way through the iTunes Album charts with their 2020 releases. Latest EP’s ‘Play Dead’ hit #1 across All Genres and ‘We Are The Movement’ hit #1 in the Rock Charts and #2 across All Genres! With an albums worth of songs released in 2020 they were expected to perform to more than 250k people across their largest headline tour and summer festival appearances including Download, Reading & Leeds, Trnsmt and more. A 2021 rescheduled tour and reconfirmed dates for even more festivals emphasises the growing popularity of a sound from THE HARA you cannot ignore.
Grit, energy and a perceptive exploration of the chaos that surrounds them has fuelled the recent anthemic releases from THE HARA. The genre-defying trio’s new EP, ‘Play Dead’ is no exception. Music written for a live audience and festival stages is at the core of the EP’s soundscape, with five tracks that will inspire moshpit carnage in any crowd. ‘Play Dead’ contains previously released and chart hitting singles Animals, Circus and Off the Edge with two brand new 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 greats Queen, AC/DC and Guns N Roses with an amped up sound taking influences from popular artists such as 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 and Yungblud which combines Josh’s stunning vocals, Zack’s gritty riffs with Jack’s punchy drum beats to define THE HARA.
EP #5 ‘Play Dead’ achieved #1 across All Genres in the iTunes Album Charts
EP #4 ‘We Are The Movement’ reached #1 in the Rock Charts and #2 across All Genres on released in the iTunes Album Charts
EP #3 ‘Tramp Brain’ was released without presale or a marketing budget and amazingly peaked at #3 in the iTunes Rock Charts before settling at #40.
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, 22nd March 2019 this peaked at #5 in the All Genre Album Charts. Due to an error the EP was placed in the Pop Charts and it peaked at #2. Had it been placed in the Alternative Charts the EP would have claimed their first #1. Be Somebody was released during pre-order.
EP #1 ‘No Regrets’ First single ‘Made To Be’ from their debut EP peaked at #3 in the iTunes Alternative Single Charts. On release ‘No Regrets’ was the highest new entry at #29, later reaching #2 that same day in the iTunes Alternative Charts and missing out on #1 to Arctic Monkeys who had released their first album in five years on the same day. During pre-release, ‘No Regrets’ achieved #1 in the UK and Ireland.
FUN FACTS & QUESTIONS
THE HARA are still to release their first song/album in the ‘official record charts’.
2019 THE HARA played live to more than 4,850 fans across the UK at their own headline shows.
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.
All three attended BIMM Manchester but all were on different courses so had never met or played together before the band.
THE HARA name came about accidentally out of frustration. Having decided to launch the band they explored many names but all were taken or not available. Whilst having a few beers and a barbecue Josh joking suggested the hara as the barbecue itself was called Sahara with Sa barely visible, hence THE HARA. Then googling the name they were surprised to find that the domain and all the major social platforms were available. The ‘HARA’ meaning had origins in Japan and is a term for a specific area or energy field around the lower abdominal. Hara being referred to as a ‘sea of energy’ and this is exactly what it is. The etheric envelope is like an infinite ocean of energy. Liking to the connection with the body and references to infinite energy the band instantly connected with THE HARA.
THE HARA launched with a YT music video Only Young on the 21st September 2017. This quickly amassed over 220K views and helped to established very quickly an amazing fanbase who continues to grow with the band everyday, now the #HaraFamily. However the song was never released as the band was keen to first find their sound and spent the next 6 months writing their first EP.
Be Somebody is THE HARA’s most streamed and purchased track to date
12th May 2018, ‘No Regrets’ EP released
22nd March 2019, ‘Unconscious Minds Innocently Blind’ EP released
12th September 2019, ‘Tramp Brain’ EP was released
Early 2020 THE HARA will be releasing new new music from next EP which is still to be named, this means just 1 thing… TOUR!