Hard-Edged Brit Pop Quartet Two Harbors Return With New Album Available May 11

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Two Harbors will release their new album The Natural Order Of Things this Sunday, May 11th. This release follows up 2011’s Make It Alright. Two Harbors has premiered the track “There Is Love” which can be streamed below via Soundcloud. Their sound reminds me of a cross between British rock like Oasis mixed with some additional influences, and right from the start they open things up with some strong guitar melodies. Check out full details about the upcoming album below.

With a driving, brash sound equally indebted to American indie, early Mod and mid-90s Brit-Pop, Two Harbors and their new LP The Natural Order Of Things (available May 11) are a bit of an anomaly in an era where studio effects and PR gimmicks are often substitutes for raw talent and passion. The quartet, fronted by Chris Pavlich, has a working class aesthetic and a simple formula: big, Johnny Marr-style hooks coupled with anthemic choruses. The mix of hard-bitten Minnesotan workmanship and the epic, stargazing hooks of classic 90s Britpop combine for a sound masterfully produced and mixed by legendary producer Ed Ackerson (The Replacements, Motion City Soundtrack) at Flowers Studio and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Johnny Marr, The Smiths, Blur) in London at Abbey Road. The band is carrying the flag for discerning music fans, eager for authenticity over hype.

Combining the interweaving guitars of lead vocalist Chris Pavlich:and Kris Johnson with the deft but deadly rhythm assault of drummer Shawn Grider and bassist Jeremy Bergo, Two Harbors found their epic sound. Named after a port town close to Pavlich’s hometown of Duluth, MN, the band stays true to their unpretentious ethos, and that shines through on their new record The Natural Order Of Things. Propelled by a strong rhythm section, Two Harbors creates singalong choruses draped in shimmering guitars and soaring vocals. Pavlich plainly states, “People like to put labels on everything, and everything is derivative of something. There’s no way to avoid the comparisons, so it doesn’t bother me. People know what they like and what they don’t, so if you like The Beatles, The Who, and The Verve, we’ll get along just fine.

It’s no false modesty to describe this as Two Harbors’ strongest release to date. It’s a full record, in contrast to so many records in today’s ADD environment which are little more than loose combinations of tracks cobbled together. “We’ve met and worked with some absolute legends over the past few months”, recalls Pavlich. “It was an amazing journey writing, demoing, recording with Ed, and working with art director Brian Cannon (Oasis, Verve, Suede) on the sleeve. But to cross the finish line at Abbey Road Studios with a pint of Guinness in the same canteen where the Beatles relaxed between sessions is the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a few good ones!”

 

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