Escapist Records is pleased to announce plans to release Upward, Not Northward, the debut 12” LP from Cleveland’s Harvey Pekar. Since forming in 2011, the five-piece hardcore band has been fueled by incessant determination and worth ethic, self-booking tours in support of their self-released Thirty Ghosts EP. Over the past two years Harvey Pekar have drawn increasing crowds with their energetic and impassioned performances alongside the likes of Defeater, A Wilhelm Scream, Cheap Girls, Such Gold, and Code Orange Kids, amongst others.
The band’s ethos mirrors that of their namesake, acclaimed and influential comic book writer Harvey Pekar, who described his work, saying:
“[It] is about staying alive. Getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It’s one thing after another.”
Significant parallels exist between Pekar’s approach and that of a touring band; an endless number of obstacles present themselves day in and day out. But rather than both admit defeat and give up, one must choose take those challenges head on and commit to the goals in mind. This conviction and sense of commitment permeates from the psyche of band.
Harvey Pekar will enter Brainchild Studios in Cleveland this week to begin recording, after which the band plans to tour substantially in support of the effort.