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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Dear Constable” by Harrisons from the 2007 release No Fighting In The War Room, available on Melodic.
Harrisons – Dear Constable (MP3)
Conceived by college chums Adam “Jubby” Taylor and Ben Stanton, Harrisons took their name from a street in their hometown of Hillsborough, a suburb of Sheffield. In fact, you can find the street sign adorning the stage when Harrisons perform. The duo became a foursome when the nicked bassist Ashley Birch and drummer Mark White from another local band. Sharing a common love of Oasis, Velvet Underground and The Clash, Harrisons combine their influences with the frenetics of fellow Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys. The debut album, No Fighting in the War Room, arrives over a year after the band’s first single, but in that time they worked with legendary British producer Hugh Jones (Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen, Modern English and many others) to refine their sound. The resulting album is a confident entry into the sound of “New Yorkshire.”
The band’s videos often play like Tarantino-esque mini-movies. They’re all posted on the band’s MySpace page, so be sure to check them out. The video for “Dear Constable” is quite enjoyable, but here’s the equally pulp cinematic video for “Monday’s Arms”: