Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Harry Knowles from unsigned Leeds band Honey Arcade to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band consists of Harry Knowles (Lead Vox/rhythm guitar), Louie Tissiman (Drums/back up Vox), Michael O’Hara (Bass Face), Harry Wigglesworth (Lead Guitar/synthesiser). Myself (Harry K), Michael and Louie all met at a school band which was conducted by an idol in our eyes, Mr Richard Colley. His band Howlin’ Ric and The Rocketeers we’re very inspiring and allowed us to get a feel for the 50s rock n roll vibe. Our original band name was The Smart Casuals but some no mark covers band threatened a bunch of 13 year olds with a court case so we had to change that. Then came The Brylls which was inspired by 50s Bryll Cream. But Honey Arcade was inspired by the arcades in our glorious home town Leeds. It sort of just stuck.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We were brought up on similar styles of music as our families range from the same ages. To round it up we’d have to say, Madness, ABBA and Oasis. Collectively, we all bring something different to the table in terms of influences. I’m (Harry K) more into music from the 90s britpop and rave scene. However if you asked me my favourite band it would 100% be ABBA. Lou’s into the alternative side of indie with bands like HMLTD, The Garden etc. Michael enduluges into Jazz and earlier toe tapping music. Then Wiggles, or as we call him ‘the beatle’ likes to explore depths of whole kinds of music. The cosmic sounds coming from us are notoriously Wiggles. Earlier Tame Impala is where we meet as collective favourites.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound has changed extremely over the times. Currently as it stands we aim for a mix of 80s synth music with a twang of a hard driven guitar behind it to keep the fresh vibrant sound. You have to be diverse today or else crowds throw the word ‘cliche’ around.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single, ‘Outlaws’ is a love triangle story based on a film called ‘Youth In Revolt’ featuring Michael Cera. We twisted the lyrics to make it more modern and close to home for the fans. It’s about a man who has fallen for someone who is taken by a very ignorant, non complient person. The story follows how he ends up murdering the ignorance and is to run away with his love, it challenges situations such as drugs, love and an adrenaline rush.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene in Leeds is booming currently, definately second behind Manchester, London and hopefully to be number one one day.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next 12 months will be very exciting for us, we plan to get a music video and to get in the studio in January to show you all what’s in our minds. Hopefully next summer will be a big festival season for us as we love travelling and meeting new fans after our taste at Reading and Leeds Festival 2017. We want more.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
The person we’d love to collaborate with would surely be Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) he’s a genuis and someone who could turn nothing into a magic. However Bruno Mars must be mentioned as he’s also a diverse performer and we’ve been major fans for many years!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We’ve had many fun times playing gigs in different locations and most stories we’ll probably keep to ourselves, for safety reasons. Haha. But the one that springs to mind would definately be a headliner we had at The Wardrobe in Leeds and it was busy so was very sweaty in there and sweatiness means dehydration so people begin to drink a lot of cans. The crowd began to propel empty cans at our head and we had to dodge them like whackamoles! Also to be mentioned our mates dog ‘Rufus’ had our massive single ‘Insta Indie’ dedicated to him, what a legend!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
The one thing we want people to think about when they think of Honey Arcade is a laugh. We don’t take anything seriously and we want everyone to share the special moments on stage with us. Just smile and listen to good music with ya mates! Live while you still got your legs.