STATE THEATRE COURTYARD
Emerging from beloved indie-rock band Bells Rapids, Tanaya Harper’s solo project solidifies her as a leading lady of Perth’s original music scene. Her insightful lyricism resonates with audiences as she weaves silken melodies with her experiences of depression, anxiety and living with bipolar disorder.
Harper’s debut EP Some Kinds was released through Melbourne label Healthy Tapes in June 2018. Featuring former bandmate Stella Donnelly, recorded by Nick McKenzie and mixed/mastered by Broderick Madden-Scott, the launch at Rhubarb Records and first run of cassettes sold out almost instantaneously. After the EP
received a local feature nod by RTRFM 92.1, all tracks on the EP have all been played extensively on community radio play across the country. Singles ‘Graceless’ and ‘The Well’ were recently featured in ABC television drama The Heights and played on triple j’s Home and Hosed and TOPS programs. Some Kinds finished off 2018 with a WAM nomination for ‘Best EP’ and ‘Graceless’ was announced as the second-most played song of the year on RTRFM 92.1.
Harper co-wrote and featured as a vocalist on two singles from UK artist The Cyclist’s 2017 album Sapa Inca Delirium – ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Exhale’, released through Hypercolour. ‘Inhale/Exhale’ added to the BBC music playlist and the two artists went on to release an EP under the pseudonym Affinity Projects, released through Tape Throb Records. Harper also plays in other local Perth bands: bass in Ghost Care and keys in Peppermint Showers.
Starting out in 2017 as a solo live act, Harper has supported the likes of Jen Cloher, Body Type, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Stella Donnelly and Alex The Astronaut. In February 2019, Harper launched a full live band to a sold out crowd at The Bird, with Sara McPherson on bass (Bells Rapids, NEW TALK, Ursula), Luke Del Fante on drums (Ghost Care) and Beau Torrance on guitar and backing vocals (Ghost Care). Harper released her second EP, Slow Motion Breakup, in March 2020 with a sold out launch following in June. The EPs singles were spun radio around Australia including jjj, FBi (Sydney) and RTRFM (Perth). In November she released her new single “Emma”.