Harper Blynn. Genre: Awesome (!)

Harper Blynn

Members:  Pete Harper, J.Blynn, Sarab Singh, Whynot

Brooklyn, New York.

A sneak peek at the tracks from Harper Blynn’s latest self-titled EP tells me something I already knew: these guys are gonna be huge.  In fact, their debut full-length record, Loneliest Generation, produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor) made a splash with the music industry and gained them a myriad of fans ranging from age 10 to the Baby Boomer generation.  Why such a following?  This band knows the secret formula: everybody loves a melody.  That’s right…in the sometimes austere indie rock scene where sheer mopery  (prnc’d “mope .. er .. ee”) and self-flogging are essential ingredients, Harper Blynn bravely steps into the spotlight with fantastically crafted songs full of melodies and strong hooks that traverse the mind and brighten the outlook.  Pete and J. use a tough-love approach in their song-writing, inspiring listeners to take responsibility for their lives and relationships with lyrics like: “There’s no time to be fearful.  There is no time to be untrue, so look me in the eye and say an honest word or two…” from “Bound to Break; and from “Loneliest Generation”, the number one music video on MTVmusic.com this summer, “We are children laughing, peeking through the wall…knock it over now! Just let us stand alone and if we fall, it’s never over…”   In a world with plenty of self-pity and blame-shifting, Harper Blynn makes a clear point to remind the individual of their own power.  That’s not always the easiest concept to swallow, but it’s always the most rewarding.

Their new EP allows us to peek into the darker corners of Harper Blynn where we see a little more lyrical depth and a sharper sonic edge compared to their debut. With dramatic synth, guitar effects from fuzz to straight-up shredding, strong, sometimes playful bass lines, and some damn tight percussion (listen to the end of “Bound to Break”), their musical acuity and lyrical intelligence will attract even the most die-hard anti-popsters.  For their next LP, I’m hoping this band will illuminate even more of their dark corners to produce a poignant, eerily insightful record with an edgy grace that will become them nicely.  We shall wait.

Check out the “Loneliest Generation” music video which sailed past Justin Bieber’s hair and Katy Perry with her foam-shooting cans to the number one spot on MTVmusic.com this summer.

Harper Blynn. Loneliest Generation.


http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtvmusic.com:538436

The foursome, Pete Harper, J.Blynn, Whynot and Sarab Singh, operating out of Brooklyn, have been tearing up the highways, touring with the likes of Cary Brothers and Greg Laswell, as well as opening shows for Corinne Bailey Rae among others.  After their busy week at CMJ 2010, they set sail again for a Fall tour.  Check out their schedule below and DO.NOT. miss this band if they are anywhere near you. Not only are they a jackpot of original music, but they also  pull off some of the best covers I’ve heard, ranging from Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin’”, to Beyonce’s “Halo”.  Check out the YouTube video below and tell me J.Blynn doesn’t have one of the best voices in rock today. (btw – I capital HATE the sound quality on all YouTube vids, including this one, but I’m hoping this will at least entice you to see the live version.)

Download two tracks off their new, self-produced EP, Harper Blynn.

Buy Loneliest Generation on iTunes.

Harper Blynn Fall Tour (!)

Date City Venue Ticket Links
10/19 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (CMJ showcase – 9 pm) Buy tickets 
10/20 New York, NY CMJ – The Living Room (4:30 pm)
10/22 New York, NY CMJ – The Living Room (11:30 pm)
10/23 Brooklyn, NY Rock Shop – Gothamist CMJ Party (3 pm)
10/23 New York, NY CMJ – Rockwood Stage 1 (10 pm)
10/28 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
10/29 Columbus, OH The Basement (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
10/30 Toronto, Canada El Mocambo (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/1 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/3 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/4 St. Paul, MN Turf Club (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/5 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/5 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/6 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/8 Sparks, NV The Alley (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/9 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/10 San Francisco, CA The Independent (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater (w/ Greg Laswell)
11/16 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/18 Boston, MA Cafe 939 (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets
11/20 New York, NY Highline Ballroom (w/ Greg Laswell) Buy tickets

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