indie music profile: Harlem

According to our friends at, “Harlem is a band you want to get sweaty to.  A band you want to ride the mechanical bull to.  A band you want to watch and then breezily look over at your stranger concert neighbor and go, ‘Rock 'n Roll, mannnnn... Rock...and...Roll.’”

[image-1]The band released their second LP, Hippies, April 06, 2010.

“Harlem have a reputation of making club gigs seem like living room shows (and living room shows feel like club shows), said Matador Records reps.  “Hippies harnesses this energy in its 16 blasts of pure pop energy with a new dimension of songwriting that is as tightly masterful as it is true to a joyfully frantic primitivism.”

To read an in-depth biography of the band and its members, click here.

Click here for a few live songs recorded by  Visit the band’s myspace page here and website here.

Check here to see if Harlem have any gigs scheduled near you.

With Record Store Day coming up next week, please buy your music from your local independent music store by people who know and love music and not from retailers like Wal-Mart (soulless, globally-homogenizing, community-killers) or i-Tunes (albums should be listened to as an entire composition with album cover and liner notes in hand). Incidentally, these two companies sell more music than any other retailer in the United States. That my friend, bites.

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Michael “Comers” Coomer (vocals/guitars/drums) and Curtis O’Mara (also, vocals/guitars/drums), are from Tucson; Jose Boyer (bass) hails from North Carolina.  The trio is actually called Harlem; they are now based in Austin.

The band formed in 2007 in Nashville, where they released their first lp, Free Drugs ;- ) (not sure why they included the emoticon to the end if the title).  Soon after, the band was “blacklisted in Nashville for getting into fights with all the kids who played music there” (not sure if that’s true, but its what I’ve read).

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