Within a week of their first single being released, Harvey's Rabbit - who had never previously gigged south of Cheshire - had played three of the coolest gigs in London, recorded a live session at the invitaton of Radio One, sold out their first single pressing in four days and spent a lazy afternoon chatting to the NME for a page worth of glowing praise.

Not that remarkable a story in today's hype-ridden music business, where expensive press agents and 'powdered up' parties, paid for by huge corporations, can usually sort out a bit of the limelight for the latest bright young things... ...Not that remarkable at all, until you realise that the bands label runs on a shoestring budget and only two staff some 40 miles away from Camden.

The band have managed to storm the heights with, as NME put it:

"about as many music biz contacts as any one-legged Peruvian mud monkey".

So why the reams of press, the constant airplay and the letters pouring in for seven inches of vinyl recorded for a hundred quid by an oddly named band from Manchester?

Obviously the music is good, but maybe it's because it's so radically different, such a breath of fresh air for a music audience suddenly back in love with The New. An audience listening out for that great song that is actually worth buying. Front-man Tim Lyons points out:

"The UK music scene is experiencing a new golden era. It goes far beyond the current buoyant Brit-pop scene and bands are again writing wonderful new songs for an audience that's frankly bored to death by shitty 'contemporary-hit-radio-formula' musak stations"

Thinking man's guitarist David Thom has, like the rest of the band, been humbled by the speed at which things have happened since their first release:

"We thought it was great - but we didn't know whether anyone else would. The NME and Radio One picked up on it so quickly, it really took us by surprise, someone even heard it in a Jakarta hotel while they were on holiday!"

Two years and two singles later the band released their debut album - 'The New Spiritual Vacuum' and were back in the limelight:

It's not exactly going with the flow at the moment - but then none of the best stuff out there is!" says Mick "There is some wonderful stuff being released, we're itching to get in there with our take on the mood of the moment".

People are asking bands to thrill them with something that makes them feel good again, and they're putting their money where ther mouth is. Harvey's Rabbit are benefiting from this simply because they can create truly great records and pull off a gig. Not because they are signed to a multi-album mega deal but because they are just a good band. A damn good band.

Releases on Rotator

Is That What You Call Change?

7" Vinyl featuring:

  • Is That What You Call Change?
  • Room At The Top
Released: 1995
Catalogue #: RRSV 101
Happy Town

CD Single featuring:

  • Happy Town
  • Room At The Top
  • All over the world
  • The Great Fire
Released: 1995
Catalogue #: RRSD 116
The New Spiritual Vacuum


  • Happy Town
  • Is This What You Call Change
  • My Place
  • How Life Should Be
  • Love Is The Law
  • Flowers In The Sky
  • Jane
  • Whatever Happened To
  • Your Secret Place
  • Blue Cat Cafe
Released: 1995
Catalogue #: RRAD 109
Window Dresser

7" Vinyl featuring:

  • Window Dresser
  • Nothing Touches You
Released: 1995
Catalogue #: RRSV 103
Love is the Law

7" Vinyl & CD Single featuring:

  • Love is the Law
  • The Lodger
  • Rolling and Tumbling
    (CD only)
Released: 1996
Catalogue #: RRSV 108 / RRSD 108

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