Harkonen (band)

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Origin Tacoma, Washington
Genres Post-Hardcore
Years active 1997–2005
Labels Hydra Head Records
Associated acts Roy, Helms Alee, Grip, Himsa
Members Ben Verellen
Matt Howard
Casey Hardy
Past members Aaron Connell
Bill Quinby
Chris Vancourt
Mike Jones

Harkonen is an American post-hardcore band from Tacoma, Washington, most active between 1997–2005.


Harkonen began around 1997 originally as a five-piece that played noisy hardcore similar to artists such as Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye. Their formative years were tumultuous and keeping a steady line-up proved difficult. After recording their self-titled single in 1997, the band were reduced to a four-piece following the departure of guitarist Chris Vancourt and vocalist Mike Jones, and it marked the addition of vocalist Aaron Connell (formerly of Grip and Christ and later went on to found Himsa and Iamthethorn). Shortly after releasing their single "Hung to Dry", vocalist Aaron Connell and short-lived guitarist Niehl Brady departed, leaving the band a three-piece, with Ben and Bill taking on the Vocal role. Some time after, guitarist Bill Quinby also left and was replaced by Casey Hardy. This lineup of Verellen, Howard and Hardy would prove to be the band's most enduring line-up.

After constantly changing labels and slowly changing their overall sound into a more noise rock outfit (points of reference include Scratch Acid and Nirvana), Harkonen landed on national label Hydrahead Records where they released the Grizz record as well as Shake Harder Boy and their collaboration with These Arms Are Snakes (with whom Verellen lent his guitar skills), Like a Virgin. This gave them more exposure and allowed them to embark on national tours with Isis and other Hydrahead Records bands.

Harkonen also began to lose inspiration around the recording of their final EP, Dancing and the band called it a day sometime in 2005. They recorded several more records prior to their breaking up which were released right around and just after the band disbanded. The band's last show was at the Seattle music festival Bumbershoot in 2005.

Ben Verellen has confirmed in interviews that the band's name was taken from that of the fictitious House Harkonnen from Frank Herbert's Dune series.[citation needed]


Final line-up[edit]

  • Ben Verellen - Bass & Vocals
  • Casey Hardy - Guitar & Vocals
  • Matt Howard - Drums

Former members[edit]

  • Aaron "Edge" Connell - Vocals (1997 - c.1999)
  • Neihl Brady- Guitar (1998 - c.1999)
  • Bill Quinby - Guitar (? - c.1999)
  • Chris Vancourt - Guitar (? - 1997)
  • Mike Jones - Vocals (? - 1997)


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