After a prolonged period of experimentation and development, Jharpa have settled on a sound and are enjoying a degree of success. Jharpa were winners of the Eastside Music Challenge and have been South Auckland finalists at the Lion Red Raw Battle of the Bands for two years running. They have featured in the Auckland Regional Council 'Music in Parks' scheme, supported old-school kiwi rockers Hello Sailor and played extensively with fellow Battle of the Bands finalists Panic Theory. Jharpa are rapidly building a support base with frequent performances at venues throughout the Auckland region including The Masonic, The Roadhouse, The Temple, Bossuns Bar and The Crook. Jharpa's presence on the New Zealand music scene will be felt more and more strongly as the band continue an extensive live performance schedule and record a professional demo.
From the start Jharpa's greatest motivation has simply been to create music that sounds good. In achieving this goal Jharpa have managed to avoid both Mc-Rock consumerism and tired, macho, 'alternative' angst. Their down-to-earth combination of commercial viability and musical experimentation has created a sound that is genuine, appealing and unique.
On an acoustic foundation, layers of electric guitar, intricate vocal harmony and strong melody build the characteristic Jharpa sound. It is a sound that sets its roots in the acoustic tradition of Matchbox 20, Radiohead and Counting Crows but is infused with elements as diverse as the various influences of the band members. It is a sound that will find a place in your CD collection, whatever your musical persuasion.
Tobias Haque (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Graeme Jewell (lead guitar)
Paul McLean (bass guitar, backing vocals)
Phil Griffiths (drums)
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