// Origin: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
// Genres: Indie Pop Rock
// Years Active: 2014- Present
With guitar licks that melt faces and a voice that melts hearts, 18-year-old Harry J Hart’s debut single tells of the anguish caused by getting caught up in your own headspace.
Praise for this young Gold Coast musician’s first release has come from across the globe. Nuno Bettencourt, guitarist for American rock band, Extreme, observed, “…Song sounds great. Beautiful changes in the verses. And you played a solo for the song. That’s important. Nice work man” whilst Australian ex-pat and pop icon, Rick Price said, “I think it’s great! Well done mate.”
The dark pop-rock anthem that is ‘It Calls Out” has punchy drums and heartfelt lyrics with guitars remaining the driving force of the song, which, in demo format, sat for weeks at number 1 on Triple J Unearthed charts and saw Hart named a Queensland Music Awards Finalist (Schools Division) all as part of a school assignment.
At just 14, Harry was named alongside Amy Shark as a Gold Coast Musician to Watch by Samantha Morris of the Gold Coast Music Awards. Having shared the bill with Tones and I, Casey Barnes, Rick Price, Adam Brand and Daniel Champagne, Harry J Hart is turning heads whenever and wherever he takes the stage.
With a sound reminiscent of Silverchair, this narrative of the loneliness and despair of depression promises a banger of a performance, but for now, that will have to wait.
In the heady, live music days pre-COVID-19, the 2018 Bluesfest Busking Comp Best Overall Guitarist had planned this release to coincide with his sets at Jungle Love Festival and the Gold Coast Music Awards.
For now, Harry is working with music industry locals in an array of online initiatives. These include the #GoldCoastsoundslike stream-a-thon, Live at the Lockdown from Suga Bar and he will be giving a live, acoustic performance of the song at the online GCMA event.
For now, you will need to tune into his socials to see him in action until we are all allowed out again.
Having scored a spot a Bluesfest for 2018 and 2019, JBeavis of Starving Kids wrote, "Harry J Hart is a young fella but has some serious singing and guitar chops. Whether he plays with a full band and cuts sick or by himself, you need to check him out."
Keen to develop his craft, Harry headed to LA in January to train under Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), John 5, Bibi McGill (guitarist to Pink & Beyonce) and other guitar royalty.
The last two years have also seen Harry travel to Boston to study guitar at Berklee College of Music's Summer School. Along with the chance to grow as a musician it has also provided crazy travel experiences like having to spend $2000 on an Uber from New York to Boston to make it to his audition on time after his flight was cancelled.
With emotive vocals embedding ‘It Calls Out’ deep in your heart, and a chorus that will leave you singing ah-ooo long after the music stops playing, Harry J Hart’s impressive debut single will be out on May 1st.
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