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Music Q&A: The Hara 

Manchester trio The Hara visit Bootleg Social on 1st April as part of their We All wear Black Tour. The same day as the release of their eponymous EP, the night promises a special kind of riotous fun. Josh Taylor (frontman), Zack Breen (guitar) and Jack Kennedy’s (drums) music refused to be pigeonholed but fans of Yungblud, Bring Me the Horizon or Chase Atlantic will want to make sure they snap up tickets while they band is still playing the kind of special intimate shows Bootleg has become synonymous with. Zack Breen tells us what to expect.

What informs your music and songwriting?
Experience, context and circumstance play a big part. We love dissecting the world around us; from global events to personal relationships we try to take inspiration from every source of life. However, we are also inspired by our peers and what we enjoy listening to at the time – there are no rules or ‘right’ way to write… so we just try to absorb every part of what makes song writing so magical and interesting!

How did the pandemic impact your music and how does it feel to be back on the road?
The pandemic made us shift our focus entirely to creating content online. The entire live side of music being shut down meant the only real way we could keep ourselves active and relevant to new and existing fans was our social media. But after the countless hours churning out TikToks the glorious return to the road never felt better.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We have just released our last single, Domino, from our upcoming EP We All Wear Black which drops 1st April alongside our biggest UK headline tour of the same name! Our first date is Blackpool and as a fellow Lancashire lad I am very excited to kick the tour off locally! So yeah, just getting ready for the carnage of the tour and the record.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
My most surreal experience was opening the main-stage at Leeds festival on my birthday and having the entire crowd sing Happy Birthday back to me whilst I downed a bottle of Jack Daniels before going into our last song of the set. Can’t get much cooler I don’t think, ha!

If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing with your life?
When I was younger, pre-band, I did a lot of travelling and work abroad with an NGO. I loved every moment!

What’s on your rider?
Beer, crisps and protein for Josh.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Bohemian Rhapsody.

What’s your worst lyric?
“Yeah you look so cute in the baggy tee you stole from mine” … ’nuff said.

Are you looking forward to playing Blackpool and is there anything you’d like to check out while you’re here? 
Hell yeah! The promenade is always a cool place to check out and the Pleasure Beach of course! Maybe some arcades and a nice chippy tea also.

What can we expect from your live show?
Delicious chaos, huge melodies and musical chops from the deepest parts of hell. Gonna be class, cannot wait. You should come.

Visit bootlegsocial.co.uk for more info and tickets

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    Antonia Charlesworth Stack is a journalist and editor from Blackpool. She was deputy editor of Big Issue North magazine and is editor of Blackpool Social Club. Antonia is also the founder of Reclaim Blackpool, a women's safety campaign that began life as an article she wrote for Blackpool Social Club. She's a contributing author to the Lancashire Stories anthology with her story about a Blackpool performer, The Call of The Sea. The book is available for free in libraries across the county.

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