Harriers of Discord
Who are they and where did they come from?
Starting out in Los Angeles, the enigmatic surf punk trio has come a long way from the solo project it started as, to the vivacious live band it is today. Harriers of Discord originally began as nothing more than a moniker for front-woman and founder, Aimee Jacob Oliver, after recording and mixing her first debut album, Wild Caught, Farm Raised, in Spring of 2014. The band name was chosen after Steven King’s, The Gunslinger.
Two weeks after the release date, the album was picked up by the co-founder of an up and coming vinyl subscription company, Feedbands, based out of Asheville, NC. The next two albums Under the Father’s Gun, and Thank God for Wood were released in the same year with equal success before the solo act turned quartet in 2016. After several acoustic shows, Duane Discord and Mike Sogoff joined the band on guitar and bass, and the three shortly after teamed up with drummer, Kriist Long.
Having become official, the band started gaining ground using Aimee’s first three albums as a jumping off point, allowing the group to hone in on their sound of haunting Western sounds and progressive, yet punk songs.
After a busy year, the group debuted their first album together, ...and they did live, which was more of a reprise and aptly named compilation for some of Aimee’s previously recorded songs.
In the Fall of 2017, Aimee and Duane decided to pursue the band outside of Southern California, temporarily traveling back and forth from Las Vegas, NV with Kriist and new bassist (current drummer) Marcus Trujillo. With the end game of moving East to Asheville, NC, the band embarked on a final tour, destined for Austin, TX: Dashfest, hosted by Feedbands, during South By South-West. They also released a new album, The Sale of Indulgence, which gave a better direction of how the band had musically developed.
After settling in Asheville, NC, the lineup did too, with Aimee taking on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals, Duane from guitar to bass and Marcus from bass to drums.
The three have worked hard to reestablish themselves in a very different music scene, creating entirely new material that sets them apart, moving into more progressive and heavy roles, starting with their latest single, Light Surfer, released on a 7” split with international surf monsters, Daikaiju.
Currently the band awaits the release of their newest Album, Plague of the Planet, set to be released in 2020.
Since 2014, Harriers of Discord has 5 albums, 5 singles, exposure from legendary festivals such as Punk Rock Bowling and their cover of Norma Tanega’s hit: You’re Dead, while continuing to work on their music during the Covid-19 Pandemic.