Harris Face and the Restoration are a steel guitar-driven, harmonica-sprinkled folk-rock band from Washington D.C. They are fronted by singer-songwriter Harris Face, who formed the band in the fall of 2012 to infuse his acoustic songwriting with a dose of rock n’ roll. The band has featured in DC at Rock & Roll Hotel, Iota, and Wonderland Ballroom, and in New York at the Sidewalk Cafe.
The ‘Hopeful Paranoia’ EP is a snapshot of the young band, meant to convey its own hopes, fears, and restless energy, its own storms and sunshine wrapped up in a bottle. The EP was produced by Miguel Urbiztondo (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) and engineered by Alan Weatherhead (Hotel Lights) at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, VA. The resulting sound takes inspiration from alternative country rompers like Counting Crows and Dawes, as well as the honest acoustic songwriting of William Elliott Whitmore.
As a solo artist, Harris frequently has toured the Northeast and Midwest, played the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, and opened for the Vespers and Brothers Lazaroff. In 2012 he released an introspective 8-track acoustic EP called ‘How the Story Goes.’
released July 13, 2013
Harris Schwartzreich vocals, guitar, harmonica, Michael Sammartino drums, vocals Aaron Thaul guitar, Jason Mendelson bass, piano, organ, vocals, electric mandolin, Jackson Styron steel guitar, Julia Jay vocals, Miguel Urbiztondo percussion. Produced by Miguel Urbiztondo and engineered by Alan Weatherhead at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, VA. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Canada. Album design by Andrew Sawyer. All songs written by Harris Schwartzreich (ASCAP).
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