Originating as bedroom pop outfit WULFs, Party Hardly are an indie quartet whose broad, surf-y rock masks a relatively narrow recording technique. Conjured up in the bedroom of Tom Barr (lead vocals, guitar) with the boys, the gang’s pop-craft began life with modest ingredients: one condenser microphone and an old Alesus 4 track mixer. "At the time there was a surge of bedroom pop artists springing up on the local music scene so WULFs took influence from a lot of these artists but also a lot of music from the past which had influenced me, be it rock and roll, Britpop, Grunge, Garage rock the list goes on,” says Tom Barr, who plays guitar and lead vocals.
After working with two of their favourite small labels as WULFs - Art is Hard and Citrus City Records - the Leeds-based foursome have moved north and converted what was originally an audio-only experience into a full live band. The result is Party Hardly. As a fully fledged performing outfit, the band has only been operating for little over a year but already the band have played alongside a wealth of subterranean talent, including Diet Cig, Bruising, Mouses, INHEAVEN, Trudy & The Romance, Yowl and TRASH. The boys were also lucky to be spotted for a slot on the DIY Neu stage at Live at Leeds this year.
Since the boys genesis the group have elevated their sound by acquainting themselves with the insides of a proper recording studio - the results have been spellbinding. “The principles of the band are still there, we still write and record a lot of our songs at home in our rooms or jam something out in the living room, but now that we have been recording the tracks properly in the studio we feel it shows them off to their true potential more so than releasing a lo-fi demo sort of thing.”
After the success of their debut single “Friendly Feeling” - which premiered over at Dork Magazine and saw extensive plays on Amazing Radio and the blogosphere - the band are beginning the really hit their stride with their next single. “Jobs’ is an ode to the mundane cycle of having to do a crappy job every week to avoid starvation, rather than do something we enjoy like creating music or performing. The weekend just becomes a sacred thing”.