Harley Poe areâ€¦
Joe Whiteford: vocals. guitar
Greg Manfredi: keyboards, upright bass, backing vocals
Wes Plantenga: guitjo, guitar, backing vocals
Cristian Riquelme: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Kevin Phillips: Bass, Guitaron, Trumpet, Hoots an
Itâ€™s not enough to say Harley Poe write songs about monsters. Harley Poe sing about being monsters. In the bandâ€™s world, the vampires, werewolves, serial killers, and cannibals take center stage and become the protagonists onto whom we project our joys, our fears, and our failings.
It might surprise some to find the first seeds of Harley Poe were planted while singer-songwriter Joe Whiteford fronted the Christian band Calibretto 13, whose turn toward monster-themed songs ultimately pushed their label to drop them. More surprisingly, Whiteford does not view the break as disasterous. â€œThere is no departure, no falling away or turning around,â€ Whiteford writes. â€œMy art and music, whether itâ€™s Calibretto or Harley Poe are all part of the same path. They all come from this heart and this mind.â€
â€œHorror is a study of humanityâ€™s fear of death and the unknown. It can be cathartic, just like Christianity, or any religion for that matter. Religion is a way for mankind to deal with the fear and inevitability of death. Thatâ€™s ultimately what horror is; the fear of being killed.â€
Harley Poeâ€™s latest album is Satan, Sex and No Regrets on which they return to the acoustic sound with which they started. Banjo, melodica, and upright bass make these eleven creepy and kooky songs sound like campfire singalongs from a slasher film. is the bandâ€™s first release pressed to vinyl. Harley Poe have previously released two albums on Chain Smoking Records and two full length albums plus one split (with The Dead Vampires) on Standard Recording Company.
So, open your ears, squint your eyes, and lower your expectations. If you subscribe to the fantastic, if ketchup and pig intestines turn you on, if trashy movies get you wet, then you've found your heroes. Welcome to us