We found Harlem
- the jangle obsessed Austin three-piece - in the weeks leading up to SXSW...a good time considering the band would make a nice little ripple for themselves with a slate of hometown shows throughout that fateful week. "Gay Human Bones" is the second offering from the band's album Hippies
, and while not as rabble-rousing as "Friendly Ghost", is a toe-tapper nonetheless. Not certain what's unfolding during the loose narrative of the accompanying video though. All we can really muster is a ton of intense staring, a few androgynous characters, and a dab of intimacy for an uncomfy and creepy three and a half minutes worth of video.
Harlem is an American garage rock band comprising vocalist/guitarist/drummer Michael Coomers, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Curtis O'Mara and bassist Jose Boyer, formerly of Chapel Hill-based The Gondoliers and The Kashmir.
Harlem started in Tucson, AZ before relocating to Austin where they generated a mountain of attention, both with their live shows and their self-issued 2008 album Free Drugs ;-), mastered by Nathan Sabatino at Loveland Recording Studios.
Matador signed the Austin, Texas trio to a multi-record, worldwide deal. Harlem recorded their 2nd album in the summer of 2009. Hippies, was released on April 6, 2010. It was recorded by Mike McHugh at "The Distillery" in Costa Mesa, California. As of April 2012, the band is on an indefinite hiatus as all members are busy with other projects.