Well, your persistence is useless and your timing’s slack…

Last Harbour

I’ve written about Last Harbour a couple of times, once way back in the day when Partly Porpoise was a young fresh-faced thing, earnest and barely shaving (Feb 06, here) and then again in August of last year in a rather harsh post full of self-recrimination about having missed a release date of their last EP.

Well, never let it be said that I don’t learn from my mistakes, because here I am plugging Last Harbour again, but this time actually doing it rather more effectively, in that they are appearing on Marc Riley’s BBC6 program, tomorrow.

Oh yes.

More by luck than design, it has to be said, but I happened to be gazing thoughtfully at my emails this afternoon (I should really have been preparing for school tomorrow), when I noticed that the session had not passed yet and but actually pertinent. Who’d have thought eh?

The show will be broadcast between 7 and 9 tomorrow evening and I shall give it a listen (not least because as a born again Fall devotee, I’m suspecting there may be a little more to Mr Riley than previously thought).

I believe this is also supposed to tie in with a new Last Harbour EP “Saint Luminous Bride”, due to be released on May 25th on Little Red Rabbit Records.

Actually a visit to the band’s own site, will reveal a number of free downloads, including a previous EP, called “Embers”, plus artwork. I’ll put up my favourite track from that EP, and then when you’ve been impressed by their rather fine dark swagger, you can go to their site and download the rest plus artwork.

Out Back – Last Harbour

Look into my eyes my sweetheart, justice must be done

If you’ve spent any time reading this Blog over the last couple of years, you’ll have probably formed an idea that I mainly write it in order to garner as many free tickets and CDs as I possibly can. If you have indeed got this message, I congratulate you on your keen-eyed cynicism. It’s all true.

One of the reasons why I’m not currently using old CDs to light my cigars, however, is that I’m not all that good at the whole business. A case in point.

Last Harbour

I first wrote about Manchester’s country Goths, Last Harbour, here, and get occasional emails from them about new releases. In fact I got one last month but in the general half-assed way that I’m afraid has grown to characterize this Blog, I forgot about it, and thereby missed a chance to promote their new EP. Who knows what goodies a prompt plug might have harvested?

Anyway, turns out “My Knowen Foe” is actually pretty good (if by now a little past its original sell-by):

A trip to their site will also yield a few mp3s which are worth hearing, especially this one:

Science Song

Again apologies to all … Whadya gonna do?

They Don’t Deserve You… Not Like I Do

Last Harbour

The other track I wanted to link you to tonight was this one by Manchester band Last Harbour, which I came across on Myspace, but who have their own website, with a number of downloads available from it. They have a rather gothic style to their music (that’s with a little “g”) that is rather fine.

Their website describes their sound in this way:

“Last Harbour are a Manchester collective playing rustic, cinematically atmospheric songs that rattle and loom, at once epic and intimate, harsh and beautiful. Using instrumentation that might traditionally be associated with folk music, the band instead hammer and sculpt their music into unusual and beguiling forms. This is music with a strong emotional content, both bitter and beautiful.”

(I like the idea of rustic, atmospheric songs) I’ve provided a link to “The Wanting Seed” which is off their first album “The Host of Wild Creatures”, which seems to be out of print. They do have another album available however, from their website, “Hold Fast Pioneer”.

The Wanting Seed