Harlequin League

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Harlequin League
Harlequin League @ Amplifier Bar (11 7 2009) (3730787353).jpg
Harlequin League playing the Amplifier Bar in Perth in July 2009
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Rock/Indie Rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Good Cop Bad Cop
Associated acts The Fault
Young Revelry
Website MySpace website
Members Dan Gavin
James Rogers
Ben Pooley
Chris James
Past members Miles Lisman
Sebastian Astone

Harlequin League is a Perth-based rock band[1] formed in 2007.


Harlequin League was the winner of the 2007 The Next Big Thing competition [2] (previously won by John Butler and Snowman).[3][4]

Harlequin League first came together in March 2007 and in its first twelve months it performed at the Perth leg of the 2008 Big Day Out,[5] embarked on a handful of East Coast tours and supported The Freestylers (UK), The Whip (UK), The Cops, Regurgitator, Expatriate, The Panda Band, Dardanelles, The Paper Scissors, Bluejuice and The Checks. In November 2007 it released its debut single, "Hole in the Heart".[6]

The band was nominated for two WAMi awards in 2008,[7] winning in the category of 'Favourite Newcomer'.[8] Its song "Bones" was a Triple J's Ausmusic Month featured track.[9] The band has also performed on Triple J’s ‘Live At The Wireless’ with Birds of Tokyo and Abbe May.

In August 2008 the band released its debut EP, We Used To Be Gods, Now We're So Plain,[10] which was produced by Melbourne producer Woody Annison (Children Collide, Red Riders, Rocket Science, Dardanelles). Since its release the band has toured the eastern states of Australia, supporting End of Fashion[11] and Grafton Primary. The first track lifted from the EP, "Again and Again", received airplay on national youth broadcaster Triple J.[12]

Harlequin League was also nominated for the 2008 Unearthed J Award in November, 2008[13] and in January 2009 it performed at Southbound.[14]

The band released its second EP, I Don't Do Friends, on 28 March 2009.[15]

Harlequin League [16] released a one-off single: "Won't Change The World", which was added to the band’s MySpace page in early September 2009. After the tour in support of the "Won't Change The World", Drummer Miles Lisman left the band and was replaced in November 2009 by Chris James (Streetlight).[16] Harlequin League, throughout the writing period for the debut album, participated in the One Movement for Music festival in October 2009, played the SummerSounds Festival with End of Fashion in January 2010 and the Groovin' The Moo Festival in Bunbury alongside Vampire Weekend, Silverchair and Spoon.

Harlequin League completed its debut album with Perth producer Andy Lawson (End of Fashion, Eskimo Joe). The first single from the debut album, "Charlatan", was released at Amplifier Bar on July 17, 2010 and was recorded at Blackbird Studio's by Andy Lawson, mixed in the U.K by mix engineer Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, The Kooks, My Bloody Valentine) and mastered by Leon Zervis at 301 Studios Sydney (previously of Sterling Sound) and gained airplay on Triple J. Harlequin League's self-titled debut album was released in October 2011.


  • Dan Gavin — guitars
  • Benjamin Pooley — organs, synths, guitar
  • James Rogers — bass, vocals
  • Chris James — drums, percussion

Former members[edit]

  • Miles Lisman — drums
  • Sebastian Astone — guitar, vocals



  • We Used To Be Gods, Now We're So PlainGood Cop Bad Cop/Inertia (30 August 2008)
  • I Don't Do Friends — Good Cop Bad Cop[17] (28 March 2009)
  • Harlequin League — Good Cop Bad Cop (14 October 2011)


  • "Hole in the Heart" — Independent (23 November 2007)
  • "Won't Change The World" — Good Cop, Bad Cop (19 September 2009)
  • "Charlatan" — Good Cop, Bad Cop (17 July 2010)


  1. ^ Mandurah Coastal Times, 24 September 2008, "League to tour"
  2. ^ Kretowicz, Steph. "The Big Come Up" (PDF). Drum magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ Eastern Suburbs Reporter, 31 March 2009, "Local musos can go Big"
  4. ^ The West Australian, 26 March 2009, "The Next Big Thing" by Matt Giles
  5. ^ "Local acts confirmed for BDO". FasterLouder.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Harlequin League @Amplifier Bar, Perth". FasterLouder.com. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  7. ^ "WAMI Awards '08 nominees" (PDF). West Australian Music Industry. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  8. ^ Bridges, Alicia (2008-02-22). "WAMi Awards at Beck's Music Box, Esplanade". Perth Now. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Triple J Next Crop interview". Triple J. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Harlequin League - We Used To Be Gods, Now We're So Plain". Inertia. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  11. ^ The West Australian, 18 September 2008, "Harlequins in big league"
  12. ^ "Harlequin League@J Play". Triple J. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  13. ^ "2008 J Awards nominations". Triple J. Archived from the original on 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  14. ^ "Southbound 2009 lineup". Sunset Events. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Harelquin League". FasterLouder.com.au. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  16. ^ a b Coufos, Polly (13 September 2009). "League of their own". STM. Sunday Times. p. 15. 
  17. ^ Stirling Times, 12 May 2009, I Dont Do Friends 4.5/5 stars review by Christian Wilkinson

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