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Members: Ian Spilman, Emma Shaw, Mike McCarthy
Harbor House is a three piece folk -ska band based out of Santa Cruz, CA. With all three members originating from the San Francisco Bay Area, the band also draws influence from the jazz, punk, bluegrass and classic rock styles that give color to the music scene of the bay area and Santa Cruz. Without a percussionist, Harbor House uses slapping bass lines and fun up beat rhythm guitar to maintain a fast dance – worthy sound.
While some say lead guitarist Mike McCarthy came into this world with a Fender Stratocaster in one hand and a bottle of Jack Daniels in the other, the truth is he started his musical career as a classical saxophonist which has lead him to write music today with heavy jazz influences. After even just a few listens, his juicy riffs will keep you coming back for more.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ian Spilman has a voice reminiscent of a young Bradley Nowell singing Sinatra, and draws influence from the genres of punk and ska. His energy keeps the band moving and the ladies on their feet.
Stand up bassist and vocalist Emma Shaw brings diversity to the band both because of her gender and her ethnicity as1/8 dolphin. Her background consists of years of classical playing which is reflected in her complex and driving bass lines. Having adopted the slap-style bass technique of many modern rockabilly bands, her sound keeps the beat.
Almost every song written by Harbor House is a collaboration of all three members bringing together their creative skills. All three are not only talented lyricists but music writers as well. If you like old sound with young spirit, you will love the unique and fun sound of Harbor House.