Gizeh Records || Manchester, UK
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TERRITORY: UK/EU (exc. CH. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
AVAILABILITY: festivals and one-offs
TOUR PARTY: 5 people
Based in the northern English city of Manchester, Last Harbour play honest, heartfelt music that moves from dusty laments to doom-filled rock, from starkly beautiful duets to hazy ambient passages. There is a dark, gothic heart to the band yet their music is always beautiful and transcendent. Since the release of their most recent album 'Caul' by Gizeh Records (via Kompakt distribution) in February 2015, the band has toured across France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic. (The show in Rennes, France was filmed and can be viewed in full below.) Last Harbour's current release is the 'Paler Cities' 7" single.
SELECTED LIVE HISTORY
Tour supports: Willard Grant Conspiracy, Mark Mulcahy, Michael Gira.
Opening supports: Dirty Three, The Drones, Josh T Pearson, O' Death, Magnolia Electric Company, Black Heart Procession, Devendra Banhart.
Festivals: VPRO De Avonden (Amsterdam, NL), Sounds From The Other City (UK), Cornbury (UK).
"An intense listening experience."
SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
“This album sounds magnificent. A collection of songs that should appeal to anyone enamoured of Tindersticks and Mark Lanegan.”
“Melancholic and cinematic. The piano ballad ‘Never’ is like Scott Walker re-ordering Bowie’s ‘Heroes’.”
"The songs can be read as a noir-novel. Comparisons that come to mind are The National, Woven Hand and Joy Division. A band that deserves more attention."
"Dark and mysterious, for fans of Tindersticks and Arab Strap."
"Roadmovie music with no destination - listen at twilight."
THE SKINNY (UK)
"From the depths of sorrow, Last Harbour conjure hope, belief, solace. Here's a meticulously traced map of the human condition, with shades of Scott Walker and the late David McComb [The Triffids]. 4/5."
"Epic. An excellent mix between Nick Cave and Richard Hawley."
“A spacious, intimate and hypnotic affair, reminiscent of Iggy Pop’s ‘Preliminaries’ with a nod to Timber Timbre.”
"So much literary dexterity and multi-instrumental skill that you feel duty-bound to surrender."
"Morricone-edged guitar, analogue organs in the mould of Broadcast and 70s-Bowie-meets-Gallon Drunk riffs. Rarely has darkness been explored so effectively as on 'Caul', a glorious album with an open phone-line to David Lynch. 8.5/10."
"A theatrical and beautifully brooding show that enraptured everyone."
“Classic outback brooding that recalls the deathly pallor of contemporary Australians The Drones."
LONDON TOUR DATES (UK)
“A country-noir masterpiece.”