Harper Blynn

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Harper Blynn
Origin New York, New York
Genres Rock, Indie rock
Years active 2008 (2008)-2014
Labels Independent
Website www.harperblynn.com
Members J. Blynn
Pete Harper
Whynot Jansveld
Sarab Singh

Harper Blynn is a New York-based American rock band composed of singer/songwriters Pete Harper (guitar and vocals) and J. Blynn (guitar and vocals) with Whynot Jansveld on bass and Sarab Singh on drums.

Career[edit]

Harper, a native of Chicago, and Philadelphia-born Blynn met at Amherst College and began playing together in 2001. In 2005, they relocated to New York City, along with drummer Sarab Singh,[1] a high school friend of Blynn's. In 2008, Jansveld joined the group, and in 2010, the band was renamed Harper Blynn.[2]

After performing at sold out shows at venues including the Bowery Ballroom, Harper Blynn released a self-titled EP;[3] following the release of the record, they toured extensively, performing more than 150 concert dates[4][5] prior to releasing their full length debut, Loneliest Generation,in 2010.[6] Produced by David Kahne, who has worked with Paul McCartney, the Strokes, and Lana Del Rey, among others, the record garnered positive critical reception,[7][8][9][10] with Last FM describing it as “classic pop reimagined” and Time Out New York stating "If pop hooks were Monopoly money, this foursome would be buying hotels on Park Place by now.”[11]

Recorded in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, Harper Blynn’s second full length album was released in 2012 to similar critical acclaim.[12] Titled Busy Hands, the 13-song album was co-produced by John O’Mahoney (Coldplay). In addition to performing headlining shows in support of the album, Harper Blynn toured with Ingrid Michaelson, and Greg Laswell, as well as Sara Bareilles, who joined the band on stage and said that “Harper Blynn blows my mind.”[13] Harper Blynn additionally performed on Bareilles' 2013 release, The Blessed Unrest,[14] which was nominated for a 2013 Album of the Year Grammy Award.[15]

Harper Blynn performed their last show February 18, 2014 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA., where they announced they would be changing their name to Mosco Rosco.[16]

Discography[edit]

  • Busy Hands 2012 (LP)
  • Harper Blynn 2010 (EP)
  • Loneliest Generation (2010) (LP)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarab Singh of Harper Blynn". November 29, 2010. Modern Drummer. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Swindle, Anna. "Best of What's Next: Harper Blynn". May 12, 2010. Paste. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Concert Junkie: A Night at the Bowery". March 26, 2008. Planet Verge. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Harper Blynn Elizabeth & The Catapult". July 9, 2007. The Bowery Presents. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Max and the Moon, Harper Blynn". October 28, 2013. KCRW. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Springfest 2011: Harper Blynn Lily And The Parlor Tricks In Concert". Friday, April 29, 2011. New York Daily News. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Harper Blynn: Loneliest Generation". July 21, 2010. MTVu. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Carlson, Jen. "Live From Gothamist House: Harper Bynn". April 21, 1010. Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "DIIV, Bad Suns, Cillie Barnes, Harper Blynn". May 28, 2010. KCRW. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "New York Indie Rockers to Release Debut". January 16, 2010. Live Forever UK. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Mead, David. "Harper Blynn". April, 2010. Last FM. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Robson, Gregory. "Harper Blynn - Busy Hands". April 6, 2012. Absolute Punk. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Q&A With Sara Bareilles". July, 2011. HBO. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Manning, Craig. "Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest". July 15, 2013. Absolute Punk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Roberts, Randall. "Grammys 2014: Sara Bareilles' 'Blessed Unrest' comes as a longshot". December 7, 2013. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Harper Blynn's Last Show". Facebook. Retrieved 12 Feb 2014. 

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