Jeremy & the Harlequins Forge Ahead with Honest Rock N’ Roll on ‘Remember This’
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Hard-working NYC band Jeremy & the Harlequins prove that quality still reigns on their new LP Remember This.

The modern music scene, especially in the realm of rock n’ roll, revolves around compromise and contradiction. Artists are compelled to channel their influences into something original; the product must be relatable, but not derivative. Too often, the imperative of sounding new and different is accomplished with weird quirks that negatively impact the music.

Jeremy & the Harlequins avoid this dilemma by putting faith in their musical talent and insightful songwriting. The noticeably high quality of their songs is what sets them apart, rather than any cheap gimmickry. Their new record, Remember This, sounds happily recognizable, but the grooves and lyrics are fresh and exciting. Like discovering a new neighborhood in a city you already know and love, Remember This provides the delightful realization that even familiar settings still hold mystery. On the catchy single “Little One,” there are echoes of Dion & the Belmonts, on “American Gold,” we hear the influence of Springsteen, and on “California Rock,” the group pays tribute to classic rockabilly. Yet the record doesn’t get bogged down in any singular sound. The band’s ability to mix their inspirations into a coherent whole is key to the album’s success. According to frontman Jeremy Fury,

“We wanted to make a classic American rock record. When we made American Dreamer, I was really bored with rock music in general and I felt the only place to go was to strip it down and pull from the past. I was listening to a lot of ’50s and ’60s rock n’ roll at that time, but for this record, I didn’t want to limit myself to drawing from a certain amount of influences. And I feel these are the strongest songs we’ve ever written. It’s a definite progression, but also a reaction to what we’ve done in the past.”

While the album features more diversity of sound than the group’s previous records, it also stays true to the band’s old-school rock roots. The members are music lovers as much as they are music makers, and respect for their predecessors shines through on the new release. The band delves deep into the medium and produces riffs and song structures that sound classic, but are wholly original. Thoughtful lyrics ensure the music’s place in the current day, and although the songs are not overtly political, Jeremy Fury sings eloquently about the trials of our times, further identifying Remember This as an album for here and now.

 

Listen to Remember This below, snag yourself a copy here, and scope the following tour dates to catch one of Jeremy & the Harlequins’ legendary live shows!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

8.17 New York, NY @ Union Pool (Album Release Show)
8.19 Lakewood, OH @ The Winchester
8.21 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway w/ Chuck Prophet
8.22 Evanston, IL @ Space w/ Chuck Prophet
8.23 Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall w/ Chuck Prophet
8.24 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club*
8.26 Omaha, NE @ The Sunday Roadhouse at The Waiting Room w/ Chuck Prophet
8.28 Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
9.26 New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
9.28 Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ Electric Six
9.29 Toronto, CA @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Electric Six
10.1 Somerville, MA @ Thunder Road w/ Electric Six
10.2 Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield w/ Electric Six
10.3 Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat w/ Electric Six
10.4 Philadephia, PA @ Milkboy w/ Electric Six
10.5 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ Electric Six
10.6 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ Electric Six
10.7 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade [Purgatory] w/ Electric Six
10.9 Orlando, FL @ Soundbar w/ Electric Six
10.10 Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater w/ Electric Six
10.11 Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury w/ Electric Six
10.12 Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Electric Six
10.13 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar w/ Electric Six
10.14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe w/ Electric Six
10.17 Columbus, OH @ The Basement w/ Electric Six
10.18 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Electric Six
10.19 Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern w/ Electric Six
10.20 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Electric Six

photo by: Jimmy Fontaine; Jakub Kadlec/Flickr
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