hails from Newlyn, just outside Penzance, at the western
tip of Cornwall. He made his first recordings over ten
years ago, using the pseudonym Another Sunny Day. Under
this name he released half a dozen singles on Sarah
Records - including two of the first ten releases on the
label (one of these being the infamous and much
misunderstood Anorak City flexidisc) - and
picked up a couple of Single of the Week awards in
the weekly music press along the way. All of these
releases were later collected by Sarah onto the
best-selling London Weekend compilation. There was
also a one-off 7" on Bob Stanley's Caff label,
featuring covers of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's Genetic
Engineering and The Bee Gee's Kilburn Towers.
After his fourth Another Sunny Day release, Harvey joined fellow Sarah act The Field Mice as lead-guitarist, keyboardist and occasional vocalist. And then, after The Field Mice split in 1991, Harvey played a similar role in the new 5-piece line-up of another Sarah act, Blueboy. It was also around this time that, for his solo work, he decided to drop not just his trademark guitar sound, in favour of a much more keyboard-based approach, but also the Another Sunny Day moniker. In 1994 the mini-album Rebellion - which Melody Maker refused to review on the grounds that it was only 15 minutes long - became the first work to be released under his own name, and to demonstrate this new musical direction.
demise of Sarah Records, Harvey played briefly with
Trembling Blue Stars - live, on record, and on a session
they recorded for Mark Radcliffe's Radio 1 show (over the
years, he's also done session work for bands as disparate
as St.Etienne and Shampoo) - but did not do any more solo
recording until the end of 1998, when he went back into
the studio to create the mini-album California,
released by Shinkansen the following May.
The eight songs on California were still essentially keyboard pieces, but now other instruments - cello, clarinet, violin, flute and flugelhorn - made an appearance, and there was even one guitar-led number, Everything's Alright. The album was produced by Ian Catt, and Amelia Fletcher of Heavenly/Marine Research guested on vocals on opening track Cindy's Been And Gone.
In 1999 Harvey was joined for live work by Josh Gennet (formerly of U.S. band Holiday), and in October the duo embarked on a short tour of Sweden, playing to enthusiastic crowds and being interviewed by national press and TV. In December 1999, Harvey and Josh supported Trembling Blue Stars at the Notting Hill Arts Club, and Harvey has since agreed to re-join Trembling Blue Stars as guitarist, keyboardist and programmer. Meanwhile, there should hopefully be some more Harvey recordings later this year...