Originating from the south Oxfordshire industrial town of Didcot, unsigned indie boys Very Nice Harry are back with a new two track EP entitled Tongue In Cheek. Very Nice Harry (or VNH, as they are often abreviated) define their music as a stylistic combination of “alternative, classic rock and indie” but this EP goes a little deeper than that, drawing on influences from a surprisingly eclectic mix of different genres that could one day make this band stand out from its peers.
‘Tongue In Cheek’ is the title track of the new EP and opens with an energetic and snappy guitar melody drenched in delay and reverb that creates an exciting rhythmic drive immediately reminiscent of Oxford based math-rockers Foals, especially when combined with the fast and complex syncopated drums patterns that keep the band locked tightly together. A driving bass line and short, bouncing repeating phrases on guitar are sure to get people moving at any gig but more significantly this repetition makes the song memorable, and that’s important. The vocal style is very melodic and is similar to Tom Smith of Editors but with an original tone that is striking and appealing. At about 2:10 the song unexpectedly drops into something much heavier, with rough and ready distorted guitar harmonics and bends similar to that of early Kings Of Leon but with a rhythmic backdrop much akin to bands such as Two Door Cinema Club. This combination of styles makes the band thoroughly engaging.
The second track on the EP is called ‘Under The Weather’ which is instrumentally the better of the two. It begins with a single, slow arpeggiated synthesizer line rich in sustain, softly accompanied by fast and delayed lightly strummed rhythm guitar before drums are added subtly to create a gradual increase in dynamics and texture that build with an excitement and intensity. The use of off-beat clapping was also very effective and complemented the overall sound well, syncopated stresses being a common rhythmical feature of contemporary indie bands such as The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club. The main guitar riff has been influenced by early Arctic Moneys and some of the more meandering vocal parts lend themselves in style to Matt Bellamy of Muse.
This is an energetic indie band who take inspiration from a range of musical styles and bring them together to create interesting, fresh music that is exciting to listen to and is sure to get audiences dancing with their up-tempo records. If the approached professionalism of these two tracks are anything to go by, expect this band to aim for big things this year. All I can say is well done Harry, very nice indeed.
Released on 13th February 2012.