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Thursday, March 27, 2003

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Seconds to Go playing The Spoke

By Anthony Lafratta
Gazette Staff


Nick Harris's musical mystery tour has carried him from the realm of ska to acoustic to progressive rock, the latter of which he's currently pursuing as front man for the London-based band Seconds to Go.

About two years ago, Harris's ska band, Dry Heave, called it quits – and he hasn't looked back since. "[Dry Heave] just fizzled out – things didn't work out with it. We all had different priorities," he explains.

About a year after Dry Heave disbanded, another local musician, Jake Proctor, and his band, were shopping around for a lead singer. Harris, having moved on from ska, was performing acoustic music at the time.

Harris joined the band, and along with Proctor (drums), Chance Hutchinson (bass and backing vocals), Graeme Mack (guitar) and Jordan Sears (guitar and backing vocals) Seconds to Go was born.

The union seems to be working well for the band's five members who, despite their diverse musical backgrounds, have found common ground through the band.

"I still have respect for old punk rock," Harris says, "But we're definitely moving towards a more mature sound."

Harris and Proctor have witnessed to all the changing trends in London's music scene over the years.

"We're not really influenced by [other London bands]. The influence is just not as obvious as it used to be," Harris claims.

"We've just been constantly writing songs and doing our own thing," Proctor adds.

Seconds to Go recorded a three-song demo a few months after Harris joined. This quickly grabbed the attention of an American label (which they're keeping a secret for now), who eventually paid for their next three-song demo. However, they have yet to sign a record deal.

"They just want us to mature and show them some work [before they sign us]," Proctor says.

"We're being careful as to what we sign. A lot of bands get excited [by record deals] and they get screwed. We wouldn't want to get tied down to a bad deal," Harris adds.

Locally, Seconds to Go has developed a reputation for intense sets and energizing crowds, as fans are becoming increasingly receptive to them.

"It's kind of like 'scene kids' are starting to grow on us," Proctor explains. "We're down to earth guys and we love making contacts, so once we started hanging out with other bands, people started following us more. People sometimes don't know how to take us because we're doing stuff that's unique, but now I think they're really starting to understand us."

By the end of the month, the band hopes to put together a promo record that they can preview to different record companies.

In the meantime, both Harris and Proctor seem a little apprehensive about the notion of popularity.

"Well, yeah, it's important," they both utter cautiously, almost in tandem. "It doesn't really matter to us, as long as we have our loyal fans who support us," Harris says. "As far as record sales go, numbers don't really matter. I just want to have a lot of people listening to us," Proctor says.


Seconds to Go is appearing tonight at The Spoke with The Living Daylights and Brontothesaurus. Admission is free.

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