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The HaveNots
  “ bittersweet love songs infused with rolling melodies, fragile guitars, atmospheric arrangements and seductive vocal harmonies. Spellbinding” – UNCUT ****

The HaveNots, who hail from Leicester, played their first show in 2002. Within a year, by the end of 2003, they had released their first album Bad Pennies. A gruelling live schedule saw them criss-cross the UK many times, opening for bands like The Sadies (Yep Roc), living out of a van and sleeping in railway stations. They began to gather acclaim and fascination from those who heard them, perhaps as much for their unpredictable live shows as for their heartbreaking harmonies.

Their profile began to rise and like Strummer said it, London was calling. High profile shows followed – support slots at the Union Chapel and numerous appearances at The Borderline. They threw in a head turning performance at the Summer Sundae Festival. Their album was picked up by New York indie label Powerless Pop and a couple of US tours followed. When they played at the 2004 SXSW festival in Austin Texas, the Austin Chronicle said “Forget the Thrills, Rejoice instead about the HaveNots” At the end of 2004 they signed to Cooking Vinyl and are due to release their second album “Never say Goodnight” on 20th May.

The HaveNots have been labelled many things; indie folk, power pop,, emo. Perhaps because of their distinctive vocal harmonies people want to pitch them as the new Gram and Emmylou. However with their new record “Never Say Goodnight” The HaveNots defy expectation with a gorgeous record of poppy summery love songs and sad sweet laments.

Recorded in both Leicester and New York with American artiste Chris Mills (Loose records) helping out with production, ‘Never Say goodnight' heralds a pop direction, with pianos and synthesisers fleshing out the hummable melodies. The song Flyers has an irresistible pop sensibility that reminds you of The Lemonheads whilst Sweetest Feeling is a full-on, no apologies rock song featuring a Sophia Marshall vocal that recalls Fleetwood Mac at their peak.

“It’s a romantic love album. It’s that staying up all night feeling.” says Dullaghan “I want this to be a make-out record for young lovers”. Yet the album is also shot through with a hopelessness and charm that recalls both the innocence of Phil Spector’s early teen-symphonies and the angst of The Smiths.

“I’d kiss you on the cheek if I was brave enough” sings Liam on Flyers, as he chases his love through the London Underground, and when The HaveNots sing about “the Hammersmith and City line” it really does sounds like a place where you could fall in love. “Never Say Goodnight” is a love story set in modern Britain - where the kids hold down a McJob and just “hang around all day waiting to get paid”, dreaming of escape, as do The HaveNots on the song “Up like Stairways” – a simple folk song that somehow ends up as twisted electronica.


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