Nottingham/Derby based quintet The Harmonics have been a band for less than year and already they’ve had a string of support slots for the likes of The History of Apple Pie and The Crookes and released their debut EP entitled Shelley. The arrival of fifth member Tom Hopcroft in February 2013 allowed the band to incorporate a synth element in to their music thus cementing The Harmonics as what they are now; an exuberant and energetic band that blend shiny indie-pop sensibilities with a guitar driven rock aesthetic that won’t be ignored.
The first track on Shelley is ‘Lazy Daisy’ and features a suitable Strokes-esque introduction, complete with fuzzy production and rattling drums. The chorus is particularly emphatic and is a sure fire live favourite. The vocal harmony in the background is another nice touch and sums up the bands pop vibe nicely.
‘We’re Not the Same’ is a completely different matter entirely. Acoustically driven with a crisp and clean guitar sound, the song shows another side of the band. Eschewing the partylike feel of ‘Lazy Daisy’, ‘We’re Not the Same’ features more subtle background harmonies this time, while the chorus features some higher backing vocals which adds a lighter element to the texture of singer George Ramplin’s vocals.
The band lists a multitude of influences on their Facebook page, and when you hear Shelley it’s easy to hear a number of them in the four tracks that make up the EP. While ‘Lazy Daisy’ is a riotous indie affair, ‘Save the Last Dance’ begins like a You Me At Six song and while the verses never quite tread in to emopoptweenpunk territory there’s a breakdown towards the end which is particular evocative of those kinds of bands. There’s certainly nothing wrong with it, other than it being somewhat of cliché, but that never hurt anyone.