It’s been strange picking up my pen again to review music. I feel so out of the loop! So when I saw the name ‘Haarm’ it was so good to see a familiar face so to speak. I reviewed the band’s debut single Foxglove back in February 2016 and I absolutely loved it so when I saw that the guys had got a new song out I couldn’t wait to hit play. I was not disappointed.
Box Of Bones is the trios first release of 2018 and also serves as the lead single from their long awaited debut EP. I’ll bring you more news on that as and when I have it.
Speaking on the new single the band said “We wanted ‘Box of Bones’ to be a marriage between horror and pop music. We wrote the song shortly after watching a film called The Witch which came out a couple of years ago and scared the crap out of us, and we remember watching The Blair Witch Project for the first time and it genuinely scarring us for life too. We’re all obsessed with Abba, too, so we tried to squeeze as many catchy hooks in there as we could. It’s the first time we’ve deliberately attempted to write a song for the dance floor in the same vein as Justice vs Simian.”
The Justice vs Simian comparison is bang on the money. Box Of Bones was made for the dancefloor, but it doesn’t sound anything like a classic ‘floor-filler.’ (My God, how local radio DJ circa 1972 do that sound? Sorry folks!) But you get my point. There’s a hell of a lot more to the song that it just being catchy. It’s horror film inspired lyrics give it an edge most dance music just doesn’t have but at the same time the song has such strong grooves, melodies and harmonies that it just makes you want to move. The flat, monotone lead vocal from Chris McIntosh (I mean that in a good way) lays the platform for the instrumental to do the talking, while also blending perfectly with the floatier, more melodic vocals from Jen Davies.
Box Of Bones is an awesome demonstration of everything that I love about electronic music and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP.
Box Of Bones is released on 30th March
You can see the band live here:
18.03.18 – York – The Basement
21.03.18 – Liverpool – O2 Academy Liverpool (w/ Fickle Friends)
03.04.18 – London – The Waiting Room (Eat Your Own Ears)
05.05.18 – Liverpool – Liverpool Sound City