-Interview- Storm Harbour (6/17/18)

Storm Harbour talks about their Pop Punk sound, the current UK music scene and much more.


From: Manchester, UK
Sounds like: Pop Punk

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Storm Harbour" and is there any meaning behind it?

Dan and Matt had been in bands with each other previously, as had Charlie and Alastair; those bands kind of ended and Ally got talking to Dan and he, Dan and Matt got together and soon brought Charlie in on drums. We all had very similar but diverse music tastes, which allows us to bring all sorts to the table when writing. The name Storm Harbour comes from the song, Thanks For The Ride by The Wonder Years from the line, “Wait out the storm in a harbour town”.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Our main goal is to write music that appeals to us, and we want people to love hearing it as much as we love writing it. We’d love for people to listen to our music and feel compelled to tell their friends about us!

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Our music is a blend of pop-punk with more melodic rock; we try to include melodies that people can sing along to, as evident in our single, Fool Me Twice. We’re on the more pop side of pop-punk because that’s the stuff we prefer listening to. If you like huge guitars with catchy vocals, you’ll love us!

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

There are so many, but off the top of our heads, Panic! At The Disco would be a dream come true. A couple of others would be The Wonder Years and Trash Boat.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

We’d have to go with The Greatest Generation by The Wonder Years, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance, and Take This To Your Grave by Fall Out Boy.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Pop Punk?

That’s a challenging question. In general it’s doing great; there are a ton of great bands with a ton of success, like State Champs, Neck Deep, As It Is, but what we can see is a huge over saturation of unsigned bands trying to emulate those and each other, even going as far as trying to capture the exact same vocal sound; people going to the same producers and ending up with something that doesn’t sound like anything new. That’s what we try to avoid when writing. We just write what sounds good to us, and while we may write a riff that reminds us of a Neck Deep song, we always aim to make it our own and I think we do a pretty good job of that.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

Being blunt, Manchester’s not great. It’s very challenging to get people to make the effort to come into the city centre for an unsigned gig especially; a lot of smaller acts end up missing out Manchester entirely on tours. Down south seems to be very good for independent music. We’ve spoken to a few fans in places like Brighton who told us their local music scene was great and that people were just so much more into going to live shows. I’ve also heard places like Birmingham and Sheffield are very good. You just need to go to the right cities and not be afraid to take yourself to your audience!

8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

We’re not too bothered. Most people are streaming their music via Spotify or Apple Music these days anyway and bands make next to no money from that anyway; all income usually comes from touring and merch sales, which is why it’s so important to keep the live music scene thriving! If someone happen to illegally download our music, do us a favour and share it with your friends and bring them along to a show!

9. What’s next for Storm Harbour?

We’re writing right now, and hopefully will be recording later this year. In the meantime we’re gonna work on our promotion, reaching out to people who are following us already and try and build as strong a connection with our current fans as possible.

10. Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to everyone who’s come to any of our shows, bought a t-shirt, and of course the bands we’ve toured with, Lyon Estates, Get Your Head Straight, No Insight, Next Year etc. and a huge shoutout to Oskar for producing our latest EP… sounds mega, man!