Brighton four-piece Harker return this month with debut full length album No Discordance and we were lucky enough to check it out before it drops on February 9th. On first listen there’s nothing that really grabbed me about this album: I mean it’s good but there’s no real punches or hooks. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some great parts on this album (like the breakdown on Caught Up, which is pretty damn epic) but on first listen there were no real stand out tracks, and overall I found there was nothing that really grabbed me. It’s not bad, far from it, but I didn’t find anything that really hit me.
But sometimes that’s what you need, just a good solid album. It’s a definite grower, and after a few more listens I found it a great background album, something you don’t need to concentrate on, brightening up all the mundane daily tasks. It quickly became a regular in my morning playlist: you know when you just need something positive and easy to get your ass into gear? Before I knew it I found myself humming along.
Discordance offers a good strong, solid mix of chuggy guitars and angsty emo vocals backed with some sweet harmonies. With a massive nod to the early 2000’s pop punk this album compares to the likes of All American Rejects’ self-titled album, Jimmy Eat World (Bleed American/Self Titled) even Samiam (Astray) offering a light-hearted positive vibe whilst dealing with some deep-seeded emotional issues. It’s never going to be up there with some of the iconic bangers of that time but it’s a solidly good album.
Opening track Station Approach starts things off, as all good records should, with something hard-hitting and is followed up by Plague Your Heart (probably my favourite track off the album) keeping that momentum going. After that the album kind-of plateaus out, with the occasional peak of excitement. Even their promo track 300 Cigarettes didn’t really grab me at first, but like the whole album it’s a steady grower.
So, if you want something to plug a hole that the likes of The Get Up Kids and Fenix TX left behind this album offers a positive, easy-going vibe. Definitely a summer record, I’m looking forward to blaring this whilst cruising along windows down or just having it play in the background whilst chilling at a BBQ necking a few ciders.