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For any band a lineup change is tough. For the Harbours it was positively redefining. With two nationally released albums and a third in the works, two key band members moved across the country, leaving singer/songwriter M. Zelaya and drummer Bob Nickolopoulos, the driving force behind the San Francisco-based group, back at square one: lots of songs, no band. Due to this sudden dilemma, Zelaya re-evaluated his entire approach to making music and working with other musicians. Instead of replacing band-mates to simply finish the record and continue on, the decision was made to scrap the tracking done thus far, write new songs, and find a way to move forward.
It was friend and recording engineer Damien Rasmussen that suggested working with guitarist Peter Weldon during a conversation about the Harbours’ lineup troubles. By sheer luck, Weldon and Zelaya lived mere blocks from each other. The two met, and what followed was an outpouring of activity. New songs were written, old songs reworked, and recording sessions commenced utilizing the format they both love most: 2” reel-to-reel tape.
Around this same time, Zelaya and Heather Marie Ellison (aka Uni & Her Ukelele) got together to work on vocal parts for what would become the Harbours’ third album. From these rehearsals came the obvious idea to play live in the stripped-down format in which they were working. Opening sets around SF for such acts as Timber Timbre and Black Whales (Seattle) soon followed.
To complete the recordings begun with Weldon and Ellison, Zelaya relied on longtime Harbours drummer Bob Nickolopoulos, while also enlisting help from previous band member Braden Towne (bass) and SF scene staple Mark Dantona (piano, bass). The resulting collection of songs, titled Parlors and Electrics, is due for release in early 2012.
The Harbours’ sound still holds true to its roots, but with a new focus on vocal and instrumental layers, “moving easily through elements of classic pop, Americana, R&B and indie rock flavors. Their love of the Zombies and the Kinks are well intact.... and certainly reflect the finest moments of '60s and '70s radio, but in no way could they ever be confined to mere homage territory." - San Francisco Bay Guardian
"the Harbours are fast-rising stars of the Bay Area music scene. Seamlessly blending 60’s and pop sensibility with modern indie rock, they are a band to watch." - Pirate Cat Radio
"psych-pop perfection" -Noise Pop