What’s On: Harry and the Gondolas @ SWX 10/11/17
by Polly Hember
On the Beat has been following Bristol-based nu-folky outfit Harry and the Gondolas for a while now. Starting back in intimate, relaxed venues like 123space in Stokes Croft, strewn in fairy lights and overflowing with listeners, they are now preparing for their biggest show to date at Bristol’s SWX.
Harry and the Gondolas offer lively bass lines and brilliant foot-stomping rhythms from Bubba Erikson, flawless percussion and beautiful harmonies from Sam Snell, keys from Olly Royden and pensive, folky vocals and finger-picking lead guitar from Harry Gould.
Releasing their latest single earlier this October, ‘Free Your Enemies’ is reflective and highly accomplished. There is lyrical depth to this new musical endeavour which perfectly suits the more tender qualities of Gould’s vocals.
It possesses a Mumfordian energy as the song builds up, gathering power and strength as Snell’s drumming drives it forward to a point of redemption and release, as Gould sings: “leave the shame / let the fire burn out”.
With such an impressive new release that has been relentlessly overplayed at On the Beat HQ, we’re incredibly excited to see what other new material Harry and the Gondolas have been working on since we last saw them. For fans of Paper Kites, Ben Howard and Bears Den, or for anyone who fancies a Bristolian foray into folky alt-country, Harry and the Gondolas will be right up your street. Make sure you see them at SWX, a pint of cider in hand and hope that they encore with their fun, folky and funky cover of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ for you to dance the night away.
Harry and the Gondolas new single 'Free Your Enemies'