30 Seconds: Harbour

Cheltenham rock band Harbour make ocean-sized stadium rock – M finds out why the group are hotly tipped to find safe haven in the charts…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 7 Nov 2012
  • min read
Cheltenham five piece Harbour have spent the last 12 months perfecting their ocean-sized stadium rock through a relentless schedule of gigging across the UK - the band’s live sets has seen them honing their sound while also amassing a burgeoning following which looks set to grow across 2013.

Describing their music as an ‘intense wall-of-sound [with] … fragile guitar riffs and wistful dual vocals‘ theirs is a sound with stadium-esque aspirations – and its these ambitions they’ve ably showed off on support slots with the likes of We Are Scientists, Lower Than Atlantis, The Xcerts and New Jersey rockers Saves The Day.

Harbour crown off a busy year with the release of debut EP Morning on December 10 through istartedthefire records. The EP will be released as a limited run of handmade CDs (limited to 100 copies) and a download. According to the band, the release reflects the last year of life in the group and features a mixture of live favourites and previously unheard recordings.

Chris from Harbour gives M a run down on the band’s new EP and the songwriting process…

How long have you been making music?

We've been playing music as Harbour for a year now but we've all been making music since we started secondary school. We were all in bands before this one.

What inspired your latest release?

Our EP Morning was inspired on a general level by wanting to write some songs we could play and really mean what we are saying. The songs themselves vary in theme and meaning but I guess the whole EP has a feeling of overcoming our personal demons.

What process do you go through to create your music?

Annoyingly, all my ideas for songs come really late at night - so the creation of them usually takes place between the hours of midnight and 4am with a big pot of coffee and a stack of photographs.

How would you describe your sound?

I'd describe our sound as anthemic, harmonious and powerful but also fragile and sparse at points.

What would your dream collaboration be?

Personally I'd love to write a song with Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. He has a way with words which just makes normal things sound beautiful.

Where can we catch you performing next?

We're on tour in early December. Here's a list of dates:


December 4 - Wakefield - The Hop

December 5 - Cheltenham - Frog & Fiddle

December 6 - Cardiff - Gwdihw Bar

December 7 - Glastonbury - Pilton Working Mens Club

December 8 - High Wycombe - Bucks Student Union

December 11 – London - Old Blue Last