Harper’s Weekly, with the subtitle »A Journal of Civilization«, was a political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. Among other things, it carried extensive coverage of the American Civil War.
If the magazine has anything to do with the Swedish band Harper’s Weekly remains unclear. Probably nothing at all.
Listening to their debut album »Morning Comes«, it's obvious that this is a band with deep roots in American music, what we today call Americana. The ambitious music archeologist would probably be able to trace the roots all the way back to the days of the Civil War. But let's not go that far. Harper’s Weekly makes music inspired by and maybe even related to the music of Townes van Zandt, Cowboy Junkies, Ryan Adams and Phosphorescent. And they do it with confidence, love and joy. And a twist of their own.
Because even if Harper’s Weekly, without a doubt, belongs to the hard-to-define Americana genre, they have their roots on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The band was formed in 2013 in Stockholms and ever since they been writing songs, rehearsing and gigging as much as possible.
Harper’s Weekly took their time to produce their first album. And it was worth the wait. On »Morning Comes« we meet a band with their very own sound. And the singer and songwriter Gustav Johansson has contributed 10 magnificent songs!
Per Westlin: double-bass, vocals
Torbjörn Erlands: banjo, vocals
Joel Kant: drums, percussion
Tobias Sundström: lead guitar
Gustav Johansson: lead vocals, guitar