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Harrisons

by Lost At E Minor in Culture on 04 March 2008

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A crackling assault of guitars and drums, lyrics that bristle with indignation. Sheffield's Harrisons are for our era what The Clash were for theirs: a voice of rebellion, masked in four minute pop gems. We spoke recently to drummer Mark White.

Aside from Harrisons and Joe Cocker, what else should we know about the creative scene in Sheffield?
The best band from Sheffield by far was Pulp. We grew up on them. There's not really any good music in Sheffield at the minute. I personally don't even think there was a year or two ago. There's a good artist called Pete McKee who does retro cartoon pictures. I've seen a Wednesday-United one that I'm going to buy.

You guys burst into our ears in 2005, but it took an eternity for the debut album to come out. Why the delay?
You've probably got about as much idea as I have about that. We recorded it about a year ago, and due to a lot of pissing about with Sony [the album was originally licensed through Sony], it only came out now.

The forum on your website is a good gauge of how immersed your fans are in your music. How regularly do you guys dip into the forum and how passionate in general do you find Harrison fans are during the live sets you play around the country?
I don't tend to look at our forum and things like that that much. Get too full of yourself or depressed at the same time if I did. The most passionate fans are always the Sheffield crowd, being a local band.

Harrisons' debut album, No Fighting In The War Room, is out now on Melodic through Inertia.

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