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The Harmon Jay Sessions (2010)

The Harmon Jay Sessions is a collaborative project by two regulars at MacIdol.com, Steve Jay, aka Crunchy, and Jeremy Harmon, aka Henry. Jay and Harmon's respective music, while distinct from one another, shares a similar pedigree. The two musicians share a passion for power pop, early punk rock and obscure music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Whether it's Hawkwind, The Twilights doing northern soul covers or Cure bootlegs, all of it is part of the musical grab bag that informs and influences the way the two of them write and record. This is the result of what "Crunchy" calls "the most enjoyable musical collaboration of his career." 10 songs that span the breadth of life's feeling, from the bright and uplifting (We Are Social) to the hurt of loss (17 Years) and hope for the future arising from those losses. (17 First Steps)

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The Harmon Jay Sessions are a collaborative project by two regulars at MacIdol.com, Steve Jay, aka Crunchy, and Jeremy Harmon, aka Henry. Jay and Harmon's respective music, while distinct from one another, shares a similar pedigree. The two musicians share a passion for power pop, early punk rock and obscure music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Whether it's Hawkwind, The Twilights doing northern soul covers or Cure bootlegs, all of it is part of the musical grab bag that informs and influences the way the two of them write and record.

BAND MEMBERS
Jeremy Harmon (Salt Lake City, Utah) - In 1991 I started playing music with a friend at my high school. We wanted to have a band but never took the time to find anyone else to write and play with. Eventually we settled on the name Henry after my friend visited Thoreau's gravesite on a family vacation. We performed live one time at a talent night at the school. In 1993 I left town. After I left, my friend went to a studio and recorded a four song Henry demo of songs he had written. The demo got a favorable review in our high school's paper, which was the height of our success. By 1996 I had moved to a small college town and started playing coffee houses as a solo acoustic folk guy. In that year I formed a folk combo called Stomach Full of Butterflies and had been recruited into a local ska punk band. I did both groups for a little more than a year. Both fell apart around the same time. In 1998 I wrote a handful of songs with a friend and played two small shows under the name Still Water. I moved to Salt Lake City in 1999 and didn't do anything with music for a few years. In 2002 I started recording demos at home but was very slow about it. By 2004 I had recorded a dozen or so songs when I ran into an old friend who I had played with briefly during my time in the ska band. He was playing bass in an indie pop band called Vista:Four with a number of other old friends. I joined as a second guitar player. We recorded an ep and sold about 500 copies. After the members of Vista:Four moved on, the friend who got me into Vista:Four recruited me into his punk band The Willkills. I played with them for a short time but it wasn't a good fit for me or the band so I bowed out. Musically my time is now spent writing and recording at home. Steve Jay (Melbourne, Australia) - Born and raised in Launceston, Australia, moving to Hobart, Australia, in his 20s, "Crunchy" Steve has played in more covers bands than you've had hot dinners. Peppered through those are a litter of ill-fated originals bands, but the band from his Tasmanian period he is proudest of to date is The Breed (Fab, Far-out and Groovy) from 1989 to 2009 (on and off and various line-ups), a 60s Mod Revival/Powerpop trio, based in Hobart. Now living in Melbourne, Steve is about hit the Melbourne scene playing bass for new Melbourne six-piece, TSix, playing classic rock and pop from around the globe. (And hopefully a few originals, too :-) "Crunchy" dates back to a time when a friend of his' girlfriend used to distinguish between him and another Steve as crunchy and non-crunchy - she never explained why.

YEARS COMPLETED
2010

GENRES
Alternative

OTHER BAND SITES
http://www.rpmchallenge.com/component/option,com_comprofiler/Itemid,296/
http://macidol.com/jamroom/bands/9533
http://macidol.com/jamroom/Henry/


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The Harmon Jay Sessions(2010)

The Harmon Jay Sessions is a collaborative project by two regulars at MacIdol.com, Steve Jay, aka Crunchy, and Jeremy Harmon, aka Henry. Jay and Harmon's respective music, while distinct from one another, shares a similar pedigree. The two musicians share a passion for power pop, early punk rock and obscure music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Whether it's Hawkwind, The Twilights doing northern soul covers or Cure bootlegs, all of it is part of the musical grab bag that informs and influences the way the two of them write and record. This is the result of what "Crunchy" calls "the most enjoyable musical collaboration of his career." 10 songs that span the breadth of life's feeling, from the bright and uplifting (We Are Social) to the hurt of loss (17 Years) and hope for the future arising from those losses. (17 First Steps)


You Are Gold
Heart Attack
Fix
The End
17 Years
Riding Trains
Swords
16 Paces
We Are Social
17 First Steps   (preferred)