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    Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:36:35

    Live Review: Harper Blynn — Hotel Café, Hollywood - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Indie rock is strange beast these days.

    It's not so independent anymore. In fact, the threshold from going to coffee shops to arenas seems merely separated by one hit song. Look at Gotye. He's definitely not traditional, but he's managed to crossover in a big way. Harper Blynn have more than a few hits on their hands though, and they made the intimate Hollywood haunt Hotel Café feel like a stadium last Tuesday night.

    Opening up with "Late Harvest", an ethereal bounce from the keyboards and warm guitars swirled through the room. J. Blynn's voice echoed with palpable prowess, carrying an instantly unforgettable hook. On "Room for Love", Pete Harper took over the vocal duties, conjuring a falsetto that was utterly transfixing—the same could be said for "Where Are You Now" later in the set. A theatrical swell sparked up "New Breed" as Blynn admitted, "I just hope I die with a smile on my face".

    "Sad in Cali" slowed things down to a poetic grind, while the swaggering stomp of "Teacher" evoked Modest Mouse and Dick Dale, while remaining undeniably Harper Blynn. Everything culminated on the uplifting yet hypnotic "Long Way Home" as guitars, keys, drums, and bass cascaded into one seismic last hurrah.

    Rising out of the L.A. indie scene right now, Harper Blynn's got the songs, style, and savvy for very big things.

    Rick Florino

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