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Upcoming shows: Mr Ben & The Bens... Heartless Bastards... Alice Boman... Skinny Lister... Brown Brogues... Jesca Hoop... Old Sea Brigade... Rachael Dadd... The Happy Soul... James Yorkston & Nina Persson... Stars... Siv Jakobsen... Weyes Blood... Jesse Malin + Tommy Stinson... Coruja Jones... Rozi Plain... Sweet Baboo... Kerala Dust... Sophie Jamieson... Will Sheff / Okkervil River... SLUG... Beans on Toast... Honey Harper... The Dream Syndicate... Rachel Baiman... Anna B Savage... Joshua Burnside... His Lordship... Unthank : Smith... Ailbhe Reddy... Neil Cowley... Eric Bibb... The Beths... The Burning Hell...

When: 7.30pm on Sunday 12 March 2023
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re delighted to be bringing Honey Harper to Manchester!

Within the first few moments of their self-titled new album, Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky deliver a dashed-off statement on the trappings of country music and their desire for transcendence: ‘I’m sick and tired of three chords and the truth/I think I’m ready for some computer blues.’ In keeping with the album’s kaleidoscopic references — the Bee Gees, Frank Ocean, Greek mythology, sci-fi futurism — that lyric evolved from an in-studio discussion of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard and his theory of simulation.

The follow-up to their 2020 full-length debut Starmaker — a critically lauded album that earned comparisons to both Gram Parsons and Brian Eno — Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky emerged from a deliberate revamping of the band’s creative approach. ‘Instead of taking two years [as was done with Starmaker], we took two weeks and cut everything to tape,’ says frontman William Fussell. ‘We did every song in three takes and then picked the best one; the idea was to take advantage of the spontaneity that makes Americana unique, and create without any pressure and with almost no rules.’

Produced by Fussell and co-founder Alana Pagnutti and mixed by Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Yes/And), Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky features the premiere of The Infinite Sky, a stacked backing band consisting of longtime bassist and contributing writer Mick Mayer, pianist John Carroll Kirby (Solange, Steve Lacy), Spoon keyboardist Alex Fischel, guitarist Jackson MacIntosh (Drugdealer, Jessica Pratt), pedal-steel player Connor Gallaher (Black Lips, Calexico), and TOPS drummer Riley Fleck.

Informed by a vast range of influences (everyone from George Jones to David Bowie to Kanye West), the record mines decades of musical history and places the most time-worn touchstones in unexpected new contexts. A postmodernist pastiche befitting of a band praised by Pitchfork for its ‘celestial twang that owes as much to Spiritualized as it does to Merle Haggard,’ the album represents a seamless merging of Fussell and Pagnutti’s distinct artistic paths. Fussell, the son of an Elvis impersonator, was born in a small Georgia town and spent his adolescence playing in punk bands and singing in church choirs. In 2013, he met and fell in love with Pagnutti, a Toronto native who was then living in New York City, working on a book about the radio-works of Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage.

Despite the high level of conceptualisation that went into its creation, the record embodies an irresistibly loose and groove-heavy sound that hits with an immediate impact. While Starmaker was touted as ‘country music for people who don’t like country music,’ Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky is ‘country music for everyone’.

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