Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Album Review: 'No Discordance' by Harker

Title:  No Discordance (Harker Webstore, BandCamp, Fond of Life Records, Wiretap Records, Shield Recordings, Disconnect Disconnect Records, Future Void Records, Amazon [vinyl], Amazon [CD], iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Harker (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTubeBandCamp, Spotify)

Harker's full-length debut is a phenomenal blast of melodic punk rock pop anthems brimming with heart, passion, and honesty.  From top to bottom No Discordance delivers songs that will have your pumping your first, singing along, and pounding your chest evoking emotions that make you think, reflect, and scream.  This record hits on every possible level.  The songs are catchy and pull you in with their fuzzy melody and ridiculous hooks while the lyrics are powerful, relatable, and insightful.  There is an earnest honesty to these songs that pound them directly into the heart and make you feel like they were written just for you.  One of the best aspects of No Discordance, and Harker's music in general, is its universal and timeless nature.  This is one of those records that sounds like it would fit as perfectly next to '80s classics like The Replacements' Let It Be and Husker Du's Flip Your Wig,  '90s gems like Leatherface's Mush and Superchunk's On the Mouth as it would Hot Water Music's latest Light It Up, The Menzinger's After the Party, or anything by the likes of Iron Chic, Red City Radio, or Beach Slang.

There was a part of me that simply wanted to write "this record fucking rules, go buy it" because honestly, that's all you really need to know.  Harker is an outstanding band and have put together the first great album of 2018 in No Discordance.  The gauntlet has been thrown and the bar has been set.  If this is any indication of what's to come, we're in for a hell of a great year in music and this band is in for an incredible career of killing it with amazing songs.



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