Previously known as Harvey’s Rabbit a Manchester band with an ear for melody…..
“Harvey’s Rabbit were around for most of the 1990’s and based in Manchester. I think we first got together in 1992 and played our last gig at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street, Manchester in the Autumn of 1998.
We were never really part of a scene but had a few ideas and a good DIY work ethic. 1994 was a busy year. Tired of the process of recording demos, sending them off and being rejected, we decided to be a bit more ambitious and record an album “A Place For Beginners” at Studio Studio near Rochdale. We released it (Cassette only) on our own Rain Soaked label. Releasing it meant getting a few copies on the shelves of Piccadilly Records, selling some at gigs and giving a load away. Around the same time we managed to get some dates supporting The Fall – 2 at the Roadhouse in Manchester, followed by Penzance, Exeter, Basingstoke and Oldham Queen Elizabeth Hall. And a memorable week spent commuting to Liverpool to play at the Lomax Club. One thing leads to another and no doubt it was this connection which led to us coming to John Peel’s attention and getting us a session.”
On the strength of the Peel Session the band got a deal with Rotator Records and released as their first single a version of Robert Forster’s “Is This What You Call Change?”. This received a bit of attention, some national radio and press and the ultimate accolade of featuring in John Peel’s festive 50 of 1995.
Further singles followed on Rotator ( Windowdresser; Love Is The Law; Happy Town) finally followed by an album The New Spritual Vacuum before the band decided to take a break for what turned out to be quite a few years.
Now fully formed once again the band have transformed into The Harveys, are back to gigging regularly and are releasing newly recorded material with German Shepherd Records.
Often described as the English Go-Betweens the band have a unique melodic pop sound with elements of klezmer and other european folk oriented genres folding into the mix.
The current line-up of the band is:
Pete Saunders (Pez)
Influences are… Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, punk.