Jaime Harding (Lyricist, Singer, Songwriter and Frontman for the Alternative group Marion) has spent the last 20 years battling and surviving depression, heavy drug addictions and, since 2016, a severe prison sentence. A fighter and survivor, Jaime has now come through to the other side with his talent, creativity and freedom as a Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist with a wealth and abundance of things to say through his music.
Due to original Marion guitarist Phil Cunningham’s uncompromising New Order commitments, Marion’s singer/songwriter Jaime Harding has, with Phil’s blessing, taken a leaf out of one of his idols Mark E Smith’s book and put together a younger, more vibrant gang of musicians that tear along under his voice like starving northern whippets. The group members comprise of Jaime Harding, plus former Twisted Wheel drummer Blair Murray (also now of Man Made), Andrew Tarling (Tom Hingley and The Lovers) and Andy McKerlie (Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye).
“Johnny Marr-endorsed, overlooked Britpop heroes” Q Magazine’s ‘Track Of The Day: Sleep’
“Wonderful band” Lauren Laverne // BBC Radio 6 Music
“One of those bands, I suppose a little bit like, probably the Longpigs I guess, there were a few bands around that particular time of the 90s, bands who really made some quite cultured pop music which maybe got a little lost during the Britpop era” Steve Lamacq // BBC Radio 6 Music
Johnny Marr on working with Jaime Harding // Q Magazine:
Q: What’s the most underrated record you’ve been involved with?
Johnny Marr: “I’d say an album I did in the mid-90s called The Program with Marion, which I produced. Jaime (Harding, Singer) was actually living the life that Brett Anderson was singing about and that Pete Doherty could only dream about, which was unfortunate for Jaime. He is such an incredible singer and an interesting writer; I wrote a few songs with him on it and I played on most of the tracks. It’s a good record”.
THE EMPTY PAGE
“Informed by the likes of Bikini Kill or Veruca Salt, the three-piece draw from early 90s alt-rock, with their percussive chassis recalling Fugazi’s righteous fury.” Clash
“The Pixies do Britpop…kinda!” Louder Than War
“The Empty Page… bring a nice experimental edge to raw emotional rock.” Pop Occulture
Like most things, The Empty Page began life in a cold, damp warehouse in Manchester. In 2015, three long time friends got together to write some fuzzy and effervescent 90s style alt rock tunes reminiscent of the music of their misspent youth. Since then they’ve self-released their debut album, Unfolding, which was recorded in just over a week in Vancouver with producer royale Gggarth Richardson, been played on 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and played sold out shows in the UK and Canada. This year The Empty Page are heading back into the recording studio and will continue to bring their infectious Mancunian music to sweaty dive bars near you.