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Brighton, UK indie-punks Harker just released their new single "The Beast Must Die" from their forthcoming LP titled "Axiom" out April 23rd as a joint release on Wiretap Records, Disconnect Disconnect Records, Shield Recordings, and Fixing A Whole Records. The official video for the new single can be streamed below.

According to the press release, "AXIOM' is a statement of intent, a hit back against the apathy of modern living, an attack on idolization and a call for all the marginalized to take the helm – to kick against the pricks. Foundations built upon a love for pop music, while leaning into their obsession over the golden era of Dischord records & 90s college fuzz sounds. Since 2014, the band have put out releases through well-established labels, including their EP 'A Lifetime Apart' and their first full length 'No Discordance' which followed in 2018 to critical acclaim – becoming a powerful punk/emo shot to the arm for the UKs indie scene, seeing the band go on to support the likes of The Wildhearts, Mercy Union & Spanish Love Songs as well as a string of UK and international tours including a successful tour of Japan in 2019.

2021 brings their sophomore effort 'Axiom' – recorded by producer Bob Cooper, the new album cuts into the state of modern living, discussing themes on isolation, social class and environmental change. Not content with sitting still in their punk-pop bubble and retracing steps, Harker have pushed against the grain with ‘Axiom’ - a middle finger to force fed algorithm produced pop. It sees Harker at their most experimental yet, delving into new sonic territories evolving out of the bands earlier radio-popfuzz rooted sound – pulling in more left field influences, such as Sonic Youth, Jets To Brazil & Black Sabbath.

Harker are a 4 piece 'EMOGAZE' band from Brighton, UK."

Axiom album artPre-OrderApril 23rd, 2021

Discussion

Jason Gordon

Harker Ready Sophomore LP "Axiom" for Wiretap Records

March 25th, 2021

Brighton UK's Harker play fuzzed out melodic indie-punk with pop hooks, not dissimilar from many of the bands I listened to in the late 90s/early 2000s and still listen to today. Their debut LP "No Discordance" was a great intro to the band and is well worth checking out. But with their latest singles, Harker have cranked up the noise a notch while still sitting somewhere between the louder side of Superchunk and The Get Up Kids, and keeping their knack for high energy anthemic hooks intact. Definitely one of my more highly anticipated spring 2021 new releases.