Q&A: Harlem Want To Be Smart Alecks. It's Fine, Really.

Austin-by-way-of-Tucson garage rock trio Harlem is one of those bands that will go by Tokyo Police Club at some point: lots of indie hype in Web sites that matter, tongue-in-cheek, but passable songs. After they released their 2009 debut, Free Drugs, they've come out with this year's Hippies on Matador Records. There's the ubiquitous lo-fi '50s garage revival sound for sure, but there are also a lot of catchy riffs to be had in the album. They are performing at the Detroit on June 26. We asked them a few questions about the band and their music, but couldn't get a straight answer. Not that you can get anything out of a band that has this for a self bio.

jack the ripper was sitting in his kitchen idly fingering through recipes when the idea of naming a rock and roll band harlem first came to him. when he asked his cat, watermelon, if he should pursue it; his cat said "nah man, british music sucks and you got your own thing going on anyway." but like most cats, watermelon was tortured by the fact that he, like sky goddess frigga, had the power to know the future but was too lazy to change it.

So check out this recent For No One session to hear their music. Or read the interview with Jose Boyer after the jump.

Q&A: Harlem Want To Be Smart Alecks. It's Fine, Really.

OC Weekly (Lilledeshan Bose):
Are you guys still doing "cover of the month?" (They used to cover a new song a month) What was the impetus for that and how do you choose covers?

No, we never get the time. Before it was just songs that were in our heads. Now we just play the crappy intro to "Under The Bridge" during soundchecks.

How is the tour going so far?
We get a lot of free hummus.

How did you all meet? How did you realize you all wanted to play music together?
I think that's something we've yet to realize. Surely it's coming soon...

Your Myspace profile says, "the only band we like is nirvana. the only album we like is nevermind. the only song we like is smells like teen spirit." Do you really like Nirvana or what?

No really, what bands do you really like?
Nirvana. Beatles. Nirvana.

What's on your playlist?
I don't have those. Squeeze maybe. Beach Boys. I dono.

You have a lot of songs about girls or are named after girls...why is that?
We're possibly heterosexual.

Fill in the blanks ______________ + _____________ = Harlem
Tacos + pho = Harlem

Why DID you name your band Harlem?
Because Horror Squirrels was taken.


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