Taking elements from their influences and adding in their own flair, Harting are able to easily win over any fan of good music. With their sincere lyrics and pleasurable noise, this Brighton group is simply fetching. To see what Harting have been up to, we spoke with the band’s lead singer Fletcher Pearce about “jazzy funk juiciness”, their musical influences and an upcoming EP!
AMBY: Hello, introduce the band to everyone, who are Harting?
Harting: Hey, we’re a four piece band based around Brighton, living in places that are long and annoying to spell.
AMBY: For those unfamiliar with your group, how would you describe your music to others?
Harting: Our music contains some ‘jazzy funk juiciness’ and some ‘dark beach’ riffs and vibes that will make you dance like a monkey and mellow you out like a donkey.
AMBY: Who inspires you as musicians?
Harting: We all have different inspirations but on the band front I would say Wild Beasts, Bombay Bicycle Club and We Were Promised Jetpacks would be a fair overview. Luke listens to a lot of jazz and Muel listens to dance and death metal at times so it’s pretty vast. Personally bands like the horrors and tame impala inspire me by how they use some of their instruments to sound completely different to what they are and pushing its ability to create a new and interesting sounds. Also heavily inspired by bands like the Villagers and King Krule who’s lyrics are very unique and fresh.
AMBY: With just two tracks you’ve swooned over many fans who adore your music. So tell us, is there an EP in the works?
Harting: There is indeed, were looking to have a 4 track EP out around March/April with a single. We’ve got all the tracks basically sorted, just looking for the right studios and some money now.
AMBY: The lyrics in Innocence are great. What’s the story behind that song?
Harting: Thank you. It’s basically just a classic break up song, you know. Just about the changes and problems of a relationship I had. Like when you know something isn’t right and won’t work but you’ll carry on trying anyway.
AMBY: What part of the world would you like to play most?
Harting: I’m not sure but going to Japan would be cool and bands that play there always say the fans are crazy and mad, so that’d be fun. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand too, so there as well.
AMBY: What’s a lyric you’ll never get enough of?
Harting: I really like the lyric ‘you mean everything to nothing’ by Manchester Orchestras Andy Hull. He is a bearded god in my eyes.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Harting: Well I remember my first album I bought was Michael Jacksons two disk “history” when I was about 11, so I guess that did in one way or another. He is timeless. My mum introduced me to the Libertines very early on and Up The Bracket got me hooked on guitar music immediately. I have too many important albums so it’s hard to narrow down, but one of them would be Manchester Orchestras Everything to Nothing LP. I just think it’s a completely sublime record and the way Andy Hull sings and writes lyrics really got me into writing my own stuff.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
Harting: Umm wow big question. I’m not sure you can really say there’s too many! But when Foals dropped inhaler that was pretty big – solid tune. Mystery Jets – ‘Greatest Hits’ is a bit too enjoyable. I’m really into this band called ‘Childhood’ at the moment; they’ve got some great songs, so ‘Blue Velvet’ by them is one you should check out.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Harting that nobody knows yet?
Harting: That’s for the ladies to find out ;)
Thank you very much Harting, for giving me your answers!