Nai Harvest – Buttercups – Play It Again, Sam

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Nai Harvest- Buttercups

Kind Of Like Smashing Pumpkins Fronted By Some Slacker

It’s difficult to believe that the huge, Smashing Pumpkins-esque sound created by Nai Harvest on “Buttercups”, the first release from their split EP with Playlounge titled Flower, is the product of just Ben Thompson on guitar and vocal duties, with Lew Currie on drums. In 1993, Billy Corgan had to multi-track roughly a million guitars (this may be exaggeration) to achieve a sound as enormous as this. Unlike William, the Sheffield duo don’t utilise this Goliath sound to explore melancholy and infinite sadness. After the pounding of the intro, the song calms into a more summery and upbeat verse akin to Ride or early Superchunk. It’s like a psychedelic influenced pop shoegaze adventure before once again exploding intoa celebratory chorus.

Earlier this year, the pair released both their debut release, an EP titled Hold Open My Head, and their debut LP Whatever to critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork. Following an explosive UK tour with Gnarwolves in December 2013, the duo followed this with support slots for Real Friends, You Blew It! and Modern Baseball’s UK tour in May 2014 and after key festival appearances, including Tramlines and Beacons, they will be on the road again with Superheaven in September 2014.

A full set of upcoming dates here:

July 27 – Tramlines Festival – The Great Gatsby, Sheffield, England

Aug 3 – Rhondda Rocks – The Factory – Porth, South Wales

Aug 8 – Beacons Festival, Noisey Tent – Skipton, West Yorks, England

Aug 24 – Art Is Hard Fest 2 – London, England – Shacklewell Arms

Sept 5 – London, England – Old Blue Last*

Sept 6 – Leeds, England – Cockpit*

Sept 7 – Birmingham, England – The Flapper*

Sept 8 – Bristol, England – The Exchange*

Sept 9 – Brighton, England – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar*

Sept 10 – Paris, France – La Macanique*

Sept 11 – Cologne, Germany – Underground*

Sept 12 – Eindhoven, Holland – Kafee Aloys*

Sept 13 – Munster, Germany – Cafe Lorenz*

Sept 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Rote Flora*

Sept 15 – Hannover, Germany – Bei Chez Heinz*

Sept 16 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia*

Sept 17 – Dessau, Germany – Beat Club*

Sept 19 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Treibhaus*

Sept 20 – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West*

Sept 21 – Frankfurt, Germany – 11er*

Sept 22 – Antwerp, Belgium – JH Kavka*

Sept 24 – Southampton, England – Joiners*

Sept 25 – Cardiff, Wales – Clwb Ifor Bach*

Sept 26 – Derby, England – The Victoria Inn*

Sept 27 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo*

Sept 28 – Manchester, England – Star & Garter*

Sept 29 – Kingston, England – Fighting Cocks*

* w/Superheaven

Flower will be released in early August via Topshelf Records. You can pre-order it here via Bog Knights Productions.