Harem Scarem is a Canadian rock band that has been creating music since the late 80’s, with some breaks in between. They released their new album, United, on May 12, 2017, courtesy of King Records.
This band is a melodic rock band, through and through. The opening track, which shares the album name, opens with melodic riffs and drums that fully support the beat. The opening song sends a message we could all use reminder of sometimes – united we stand, and united we fall. “Sinking Ship” brings an almost 80’s feel to the music – you will tap your toes to the beat and want to sing along with Hess’ vocals – and then the bass riffs kick in and the song takes you to a different level – air bass, anyone? Yes, please. “One Of Life’s Mysteries” delivers a softer sound, a modern day love song – but let’s not discount the bass below those soft vocals. Things pick right back up with the start of “No Regrets” with bass over drums and some harder vocals. This song reminds me of one that someone would be playing on their motorcycle, riding on a beautiful day with the wind blowing in their hair and the sun shining on the open road. The album wraps up with an acoustic version of “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” which puts a softer spin on the original song, and is a perfect way to end the album.
Melodic rock is really doing something to me, bros. For an album that boasts not only talent with instruments but also a range of vocal talent, check out United. I didn’t realize what I was missing in my wide range of musical interests until listening to this album. This is an album that you can put on when you’re in any number of moods, and find something to fit that mood or pick you up. We hear you, Harem Scarem, and we like you.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
One Of Life’s Mysteries
Bite The Bullet
Things I Know
The Sky Is Falling
Heaven And Earth
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Acoustic)
Barry Donaghy – Bass, backup vocals
Creighton Doane – Drums, backup vocals
Pete Lesperance – Guitar, backup vocals
Harry Hess – Vocals, guitar
Bloodrock Rating: 4 out of 5 axes
Written by Har-Lena Quinn for Bloodrock Media on May 31, 2017