Interview – Harry Miles-Watson & The Union

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union © Hope Holmes

Hailing from Scotland, Edinburgh-based Harry Miles-Watson & The Union showcase a genre defying sound: An erratic folk rock sound with a punk energy, eager audiences have been enjoying his latest release: ‘Saints of Jawbone Walk’.

Indie Midlands: How did you meet the Union?

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union: Well, I was hanging out one day after playing solo shows for a while wondering how to put a band together. Then, suddenly in a puff of smoking this wizard dude appeared in front of me and offered to help me put together a band if I signed along the dotted line? Not entirely sure what he wanted in return something something firstborn, all I know is we spent the next few days kidnapping the members of the Union and ever since I’ve been playing with them.

That or I met most of them playing D&D whatever you want to believe.

Indie Midlands: How has being in a live band helped you develop your personal musical skill?

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union: I think its taught me to sit back a lot. I got very used to trying to fill in for all parts of a live band when I was playing on my own, trying to fill a lot of space with just a guitar which is something I simply don’t need to do anymore. It’s such a great feeling to have so much trust in the guys to kill it, it allows me to focus much more on audience communication and other super important stuff.

Indie Midlands: Can you tell our readers about your most recent release – ‘Saints of Jawbone Walk’?

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union: Sure! ‘Saints of Jawbone Walk’ is my first single in 2 years and also the first single professionally recorded with my band “The Union” playing with me. The single itself is a retelling of my first few months living in Edinburgh when I was 18, with most nights spent passed out in and around the meadows. The song takes a light approach, focusing on the brighter side of living that sort of lifestyle, that being the wonderful people who took the time out of their nights to help me when I needed it. Musically the song felt like the perfect choice for the first release with The Union as the song I feel works well as a sort of “Mission Statement” for this new era of our careers, capturing the chaotic nature of the live shows in a short package.

Indie Midlands: What makes it a Harry Miles-Watson song/your sound?

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union: I reckon its not too dissimilar to watching a possum try and ramble all the words they know off the top of their head after coming off a bunch of xanax.

Indie Midlands: Do you plan to release any more music in the near future?

Harry Miles-Watson & The Union: Yeah! This year should be pretty hectic for us so stay tuned for some weird stuff.

Nat Greener