After a string of well received singles over the last 14 months, Fleeting Persuasion release their sophomore album Will They Come Back.


Shared ideas and mutual musical inspiration is the name of the game for Fleeting Persuasion’s James Harrison (guitar/vocals). Following a string of well-received singles, written and recorded with producer Josh Whitehead during the pandemic years of 2021/22, James began flexing his creativity with ex-Sounds Like Sunset drummer Tobey Doctor (drums/bass).


The latter contributed drums, bass and studio chops to their 2022 single ‘Etched‘, a song that twitched and surged with chiming indie rock melodies and angular post-punk shapes, before they released ‘Slipped‘, which further explored their minimal and deeply emotive music. Both songs featured on Backseat Mafia and received widespread community radio airplay including 3RRRPBS 4ZZZFBi and 2XXFM.


There’s a collection of songs I’ve been working on with Tobey,” says James. “He’s got quite the producer’s brain and so the drums, bass lines and production have been his vision. I haven’t needed much convincing as we both love similar sounds and textures!


Their third single ‘Still Dark, which premiered on Vital Bits on 3RRR and online with Black of Hearts, possesses both a sparkling, bright musical optimism and woozy melancholic guitar sounds that jar and unsettle beautifully, like that Midas touch of My Bloody Valentine when they sonically subverted guitar rock in the 80s.


The most recent single ‘Faded‘ is an experimental shoegaze song (a radio edit is also available on request) featuring a disorientating blend of overdriven bass, sparkling guitar and James’s trademark melancholic croon. The song was described by Backseat Mafia in their single premiere as “extremely exhilarating pulse quickening stuff, as if someone threw My Bloody Valentine in a blender and added a dash of Cocteau Twins and The Cure before blitzing for 24 hours and then detonating for good measure.”





Across the album the duo navigate the history of post-punk, shoegaze, and emotive indie rock; reimagining their influences in a mesmerising stylistic blend that combines both dissonance and compelling hooks.


Find A Way‘ recalls the surging distortion of Swervedriver and Bailter Space, ‘Recall‘ highlights Tobey’s rhythmic dynamics and closer ‘In A Rip‘ serenades the listener with a gorgeous jangly guitar strum and hypnotic bass that places them at the fascinating nexus of Interpol and The Psychedelic Furs.


“There’s lots of colour and textures on the album as a whole,” says James. “That’s what we love. It’s real swimming in your ears, head between the speaker stacks, stuff. You know… blurry guitars, melodic lines and all that!”


Fans of New Order, MBV, The Cure and music that thrives on both melancholic melody and beautiful noise will find much to like about the latest full-length release from the endlessly intriguing Fleeting Persuasion.




Fleeting Persuasion – Will They Come Back (ampl.ink)




TRACKLISTING1.  Find A Way2.  Etched3.  Faded4.  Recall5.  Recess Blues6.  Still Dark7.  Rewind8.  Slipped9.  In A Rip


LIVE DATES:Friday March 1st @ Moshpit, Sydney (Album Launch)FB EVENTSaturday March 16th (arvo) @ Last Chance Bar, Melbourne (Album Launch)FB EVENT



Fleeting Persuasion is the latest project of prolific Melbourne-based creative James Spencer Harrison who has also released several well-received albums, singles and EPs under the J M S Harrison moniker. The last of which, 2017’s Traced Out, was leading James towards a denser and richer full-band sound. That inspired a change of name and Fleeting Persuasion was born.


In 2019 Fleeting Persuasion released the album Forever Caught, capturing a set of songs that possessed echoes of The Cure, tightly woven post-rock and Australian acts such as Bluebottle Kiss filtered through his own brand of heart-on-sleeve melancholia. It was certainly indie rock but the kind that resides in the shadows, always carving out new angles and creating interesting dynamics. Now, in 2023, there are a further two Fleeting Persuasion albums in the works.


Splitting his time between Fleeting Persuasion and solo pursuits has established Harrison as a regular fixture on the live music scene, opening for renowned artists including Painters & Dockers, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss), Peter Fenton (CROW), Hermitage Green (Ireland), The Clouds, China Crisis and She Wants Revenge.


PRESSThere is very much an early The Cure sparseness and melodic thrust, with a refrigerated edge that sends shivers up the spine.”Backseat Mafia on ‘Still Dark’
…a moody post-punk number anchored by propulsive drums and a prominent bass line that utilises a chorus effect a la Peter Hook and Simon Gallup.”Music Feeds video premiere for ‘Etched’
“‘Hollow’ is a track that gets under your skin. With dark synths, melancholic vocals and moody guitars, it’s reflective and moving… enchanting and riveting.”the AU review
“Dripping with a melancholic nostalgia that is hard to capture, ‘Night Arrives’ is a captivating combination of brightly textured instrumentation, brooding melodies, and big 80s snare drum echo/delays, all woven neatly together with smooth-like-butter production.”Forte on ‘Night Arrives’
“Fleeting Persuasion have put themselves on the top shelf with this release. A warm and thought provoking track.”AAA Backstage on ‘Passed Through’
“It’s a compelling atmosphere that somehow exists within two seemingly opposing sonic spaces – with its sleek electronic touches blended against his usual shadowy guitar interplay and looming melodies.”Trouble Juice on ‘Eternal’