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If we all subscribe to a notion that music aligns with the seasons (and we do), then House of Harm’s 2018 EP Coming of Age was a perfect segue from chilly autumn to frigid winter. Mindfully released on November 30, a date when most of the city transitions from faded shades of auburn to minimalist grayscale, the dark-pop band’s debut EP was a stark reminder that Boston’s underground still glows against a reflection of what’s above it.
As the calendars change, so too does our moods, and now House of Harm, a toxic sonic cocktail of early ’80s new wave/post-punk and modern synth-pop, return with a flourishing new single called “Catch.” The track shimmers and shines like the summer, its jangly guitars and C86 DNA cascading across electronic-pop drum loops like a painter’s brush strokes, wrapped tightly in House of Harm’s penchant for ethereal pop melodies.
We wouldn’t call it an evolution in sound from the darker, more strobe-fed Coming of Age record, but it does feel like a moment assertive of House of Harm’s current rhythm and mood, especially with the recent addition of Funeral Advantage’s Tyler Kershaw in rounding out their shape as a trio.
“Catch” was recorded and produced by House of Harm at Radio 100 HQ, and mixed and mastered by Roger Lavelle at Wachusett Studios. The infectious track comes complete with a video directed by Caroline Bailey, taking the band out of the shadows and out to the beach, and it’s available for view below.