Band thrilled to finally get a chance to say goodbye

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One of Sheffield’s much-loved former indie bands are reforming – for one night only.

Harrisons –singer and guitarist Jubby Taylor, guitarist Ben Stanton, bassist Ashley Birch and drummer Mark White – sprung from the so-called ‘New Yorkshire’ scene nearly a decade ago, alongside The Long Blondes, Arctic Monkeys, and Milburn.

Formed in 2002, the Hillsborough band had risen from playing in bedrooms and grotty rehearsal rooms to releasing a string of singles –including Blue Note and Monday’s Arms –to being snapped up by Sony Records in 2006.

However, barely a year later, in January 2008, the quartet split up –just a week before the release of their debut album, No Fighting in the War Room.

Taylor says: “We didn’t really have a proper ‘finish’.

“It felt as if we hadn’t said goodbye.

“We had problems with Sony and that just brought us to a halt.

“We were so much happier before we were signed with them. We were just having a good time and made our own decisions about things like release dates.”

However, in spite of the problems, the band still managed to get the album out, the title of which was taken from a line in the 1964 Cold War black comedy classic Dr Strangelove.

New Yorkshire may have moved on now – and Harrisons’ band members are scattered across the globe working in very different careers – but that has not stopped the band from reuniting to play a final ‘goodbye’ gig.

However, that is not the only reason for the very special show.

As well as a ‘goodbye’ for the band, it is also in memory of friend and fellow musician Richard ‘Ricey’ Rice, who fronted the successful bands Mabel Love and Gas Club.

For now though, the band has to polish their set.

Taylor says: “We’re really looking forward to rehearsals and excited about the show.

“It will be nice to give the band a proper ending.”

Harrisons and friends play at The Leadmill, Leadmill Road, Sheffield city centre, on Saturday December 27.

For tickets, priced £5, visit www.leadmill.co.uk