Posted in music | tour dates on July 21, 2009

Harvey Danger

After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we've decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable. Everyone is very proud of the work we've done together, but we've also come to feel that our collaboration has--in a very positive way--run its course. We're all eager to try our hands at other projects, musical and otherwise. Chances are we'll all work together in one form or another; if we've learned anything, it's that you never know what will happen. Of course, putting an end to something we've been working on since our early 20s can't help being accompanied by a soupcon of melancholy. Nonetheless, as the Chambers Brothers remind us, time has come today. Rock bands have life spans, and Harvey Danger's has been longer, and more eventful, than even we would have predicted. [Harvey Danger]
The band's Farewell tour consists of six dates (currently). One of those will be Saturday, August 8th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Opening will be Jukebox the Ghost and Dave Hill's powerpop band Valley Lodge. Tickets are on sale.

The band previously played a "final show" in 2001, which led to a two year hiatus. Read the rest of Harvey Danger's goodbye note, with all tour dates, below...

Harvey Danger goodbye note continued

We've been incredibly fortunate throughout. We've made great friends, shared the stage with incredible bands, worked with truly inspiring people. Beyond question, our greatest good fortune has been the relationship we've been able to maintain with our audience, particularly those who have followed the band through its various phases and line-ups. It's a corny rock band trope to extol the virtues of "the fans," but in all seriousness... The fact that our music genuinely has meant something to people, and that we have been able to get to know so many of those people (both in person and online) and learn about how they connected to our songs--that interaction became a lot more than just a way of connecting to our increasingly private public. It offered the rarest gift: an opportunity to learn what our own work actually meant. We're deeply grateful to those who know they are. Being in this band has been a long, rewarding experience, and without you, it would probably just have been long. We hope that the relatively small body of work we've left behind (a bit more than the Sex Pistols, a tad less than Prince) continues to find a place in people's music libraries. But regardless, it's a legacy that will always mean a lot to us. Thank you for listening.
Harvey Danger - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 07 Harper's Ferry, Boston, MA w/guests TBA
Aug 08 Bell House in Park Slope, Brooklyn guests TBA
Aug 15 Schuba's - Chicago, IL w/So Many Dynamos and Sleepy Kitty (featuring former HD drummer Evan Sult!)
Aug 22 Largo - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 28 Vera Project - Seattle, WA
Aug 29 The Crocodile - Seattle, WA - FINAL SHOW Special guests TBA.

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Comments (16)

They should wait for the economy to get better before breaking up the band! Where are they going to make money now? I am sure once the money runs out they will be back..sooner than later...all the bands today are getting back together for a cash run!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:20 AM

Bell House in Park Slope? Let's stop sugar-coating it guys.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:29 AM

Harvey Danger was still together?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:40 AM

Hahahaha. Park Slope?!? Which park and which slope? Is there even a park nearby?

That said, nice venue, just don't say it's in Park Slope.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:55 AM

flagpole sitta. they had other songs?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 11:39 AM

Amazing how one recognizable song in 1998 over the course of 15yrs (and all of 3 albums?) somehow qualies as a career. I don't even think I need to add how in this case recognizable = annoying, and was only as successful as it was because it happened to come out way back when MTV actually played videos.

Posted by Funderburgh | July 21, 2009 11:48 AM

"only as successful as it was because it happened to come out way back when MTV actually played videos."

Really? I think it's a catchy tune, but I can't remember the video for it all. Off the top of my head, here are the artists that completely owe their career to videos:

1. Jamiroquai
2. Marcy's Playground
3. Fastball
4. Fine Young Cannibals
5. New Radicals
6. Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 11:58 AM

fuck that, harvey danger is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 12:03 PM

I don't even think the venue says they think they are in Park Slope. Plus, Gowanus is much cooler these days. Didn't you read about the dumpster pool party?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 1:40 PM

PARANOIA PARANOIA

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 2:05 PM

FLAGPOLE FUCKING SITTA!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 2:48 PM

"been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding..."

I secretly love that song. And I don't think I am alone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 3:26 PM

harvey danger has a number of fantastic songs. flagpole sitta might make their top 10 songs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 3:29 PM

that song is awesome. never heard a single other tune by them though.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | July 22, 2009 3:43 PM

Good brief, people. I don't even own the 1st album, but love #2 and #3.

This band was not a one-hit wonder. Tracks like "Sad Sweetheart Of The Rodeo", "Authenticity", "Wine, Women and Song", "Cream and Bastards Rise", "Moral Centralia", "Picture, Picture" and "Sometimes You Have To Work On Christmas (Sometimes)" are the true gems of their work.

Sometimes you have to dig a bit to find the diamonds. Don't just eat what your local FM-X station or buddies feed you.

This was one of those classic alternative pop bands that just screamed with talent and got better with each album.

Posted by seattle'sfinest | August 29, 2009 5:08 PM

harvey danger has a number of fantastic songs. flagpole sitta might make their top 10 songs.

Posted by belhyhend | May 22, 2013 7:14 PM

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