That has resulted in a buffet of pop punk that ranges from the traditional like BoyMeetsWorld to the new school that takes it a step further in terms of lyrical consciousness like The Wonder Years. Then there’s Harbour. They’re doing what they can up in Toronto to ensure that the style they grew up with remains ever present. Bands like New Found Glory and Hit The Lights are what they loved and that’s the style you can hear on their latest, Grade School Summer.
So before they head off to the land of Japan later this year, check out what they had to say about their scene, hacking and more.
Kendra: You say you’re old school pop punk. What’s your take on the new school then?
Harbour: There’s a lot of new pop punk bands that are killing it! We just choose to really stick with our roots in terms of how we write our music. If you look at any genre over a period of 10-20 years, it changes drastically. The music we grew up listening to is what we take most of our influence from so we just kind of identify with those “old school pop punk bands.”
Kendra: You all dropped Grade School Summer late last year. If you had to compare the style and sound to a favorite childhood item, which would it be and why?
Harbour: Probably a skateboard, it’s fast.
Kendra: Speaking of, what’s one childhood item that you would love to own again?
Harbour: We would like to own a Super Nintendo with the original “Mario Kart” so we could banana peel each other daily.
Kendra: What’s the last thing you couldn’t hack?
Harbour: The last thing I couldn’t hack was my relationship.
Kendra: I noticed it’s been about three years since your first show. How much have your live shows grown since then?
Harbour: All of us have absolutely come out of our shell when it comes to performing on stage. We try to stay as energetic as possible and involve the crowd since we know what it’s like to be in their shoes. We all met at shows. Every time we get up there we have no idea what might happen, but we have as much fun as we can and we think it shows.
Kendra: Any plans after your Spring run to hit the road?
Harbour: We have actually just announced our tour to Japan this coming August! We were fortunate enough to get signed to Bullion Records in Japan after releasing the music video for “Grade School Summer,” and I guess they liked us over there! All of us can’t wait to see what it’s like and learn a bit of Japanese culture. Josh might get kidnapped.
Kendra: If your grade school self had to make a mixtape, what five songs would have to be on it?