Music: Bede’s Band’s Successes Continue
Bede's band 'How's Harry', which consists of current Upper Sixth students and 2013 leavers, is currently enjoying further successes after appearing on BBC 6 Music in April, including packed-out gigs all over the country!
Having recently returned to school after a series of summer gigs, lead singer of 'How's Harry' and Upper Sixth Bede's pupil Ike Foulkes is splitting his time between mastering the band's new E.P., 'The Letter', and his all-important A Levels.
With reviews and features about the band in magazines Hilly Dilly, Daily Beat and France's Pausé Musicalé, the stage is set for the new recordings to be released and for 'How's Harry' to make a splash.
"These new songs really see us branching out instrumentally," explains Ike.
"They are much more mature and better constructed. Lyrically speaking, the E.P. deals with relationships souring, which is a common theme."
When asked if the inspiration for the songs comes partially from within the band, Ike laughs heartily.
"Absolutely not! Rupert (Colegrave), who finished at Bede's this summer, and Lawrence (Andrew) are doing really well. We get together at the weekends to gig and rehearse, which makes things a little complicated, but everything really is going brilliantly."
Despite two members of the band being scattered across the country, Ike is far from alone at Bede's this year. Fellow 'How's Harry' member Tom Davies, who boards in Dorms House, is also engaged in Sixth Form studies, and other Bede's pupils are also lending a hand here and there.
"We've featured quite a few Bede's friends on the tracks, including Kirsty Sutherland and Jodie McNamara, who have supplied some vocals, and Alice Auer, who left last year."
In the build-up to the release of 'The Letter', the successor to the band's 'Bite' E.P., which was released in April, 'How's Harry' have been supporting indie band Mr Tom throughout their UK tour.
"We've played the Alleycat Club in central London," says Ike, "The Haunt in Brighton, and we have gigs throughout October at Barfly in Camden on October 19th and The Joiners in Southampton on October 26th. It's great news, but there's still a long way to go. Right now we just want to establish ourselves on the circuit."
Saying 'yes' to everything is the order of the day for 'How's Harry', but with Rupert set to film for the Food Channel in Burma during November, the pace of 'How's Harry's' performance schedule will have to slow somewhat.
"We're applying for next summer's festivals," says Ike, in conclusion, "and personally End of the Road and Lounge on the Farm are the ones I really want to play at.
"We just have to work hard to keep the music up to scratch, and carry on putting on great shows."