Just as we're getting comfortable in 2015, Jeremy and The Harlequins are already set to shake things up with the release of their debut LP American Dreamer
. The 10-song album is testament to keeping
it classic, with a throwback American rock n' roll look, surf tinged guitars, and Jeremy Fury's growly accents.
We sent our Cool Buzz Q&A to Jeremy and younger brother/drummer Stevie Fury to tackle for a more personal look inside their music minds. Check out their answer below and click play on their album's first single, "You're My Halo"
is out Feb. 10
What is the most surprising or unexpected thing to happen to you as a recording artist?
Jeremy: I expected it all, lol.
Best life advice youve ever received that resonated with choices youve made in your career?
Stevie: I went down to New Orleans and got a bone reading by the Voodoo High Priestess. This was a few years back, right after Katrina. I had been on the road touring with my previous band and was feeling stressed about a lot of things. Among other words of wisdom, she reminded me that you're only as old as you feel. Since then, I've tried to-in the words of the late-great Frank Sinatra, stay young at heart.
What music artist would make you fan-girl out and get nervous if put in the same room?
Jeremy: David Bowie. The Stones.
What song do you wish you had penned?
Jeremy: The lyrics to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Roy Orbison's It's Over.
Stevie: The Wanderer by Dion.
Tell me about your stage clothes and what goes into the decision to look a certain way? How do you think it makes your band stand out?
Jeremy: I usually wear a Schott leather jacket, blue or black jeans, boots, sunglasses, and a slick pompadour. In a day and age of beards, glow sticks, and hoodies, I guess we look a little off. We like classic things; American nostalgia. I want people to come into a show and can't tell if it's 1955, 1965, or 2015.
What does the future look like for Jeremy and The Harlequins?
Stevie: It's gonna be cold. It's gonna be gray. And it's gonna last for rest of our lives. Just kidding... I just watched Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Anyway, things are lookin' pretty bright.
What ghost of musics past do you wish would haunt you?
Jeremy: That's a good way of putting it. I feel I still need to be haunted by the ghosts of the Delta Blues and Vaudeville. I've only gotten as far back as mid century, so I'm hoping to meet some more ghosts in the next few years.
Is it ever hard to eat around Steve who is a total food snob? How often does he pick where and what you guys eat?
Jeremy: It's only hard to eat around him if I'm starving and he can't decide on what to eat. 9 times out of 10 it's a good thing to stick with him. He's either cooking something amazing or guiding us to the best place in a 20 minute radius. I have to admit, without him I would have never had live octopus, Egyptian calf's brain, or boudin noir egg rolls.
How would you identify each member of the band? i.e.: food snob, funny guy, etc.
Stevie: Patrick is a caricature out of the 1980's New York stand up comedy scene. Bobby is a thin, young Steven Seagal and master cocktail craftsman. Craig has penchant for the finest of the fine. Jeremy's beginning to get on my nerves.
Jeremy: Stevie is part mystic elf, part Julia Child, and part drumming panda.
Have you ever called any one out for killing a show vibe?
Jeremy: No, but I'd like to. Pretty much anyone on their phone checking status updates in the first few rows of a show is not part of the solution.
What do you think right before you go onstage? Whats the first thing you think when you get behind the mic in front of an audience?
Jeremy: I think about Jesus's last supper. I think about the beginning of the cosmos. I think about what would happen if water had a lower boiling point than alcohol. I think about life, liberty, and love.
Stevie: Two things: Did I go to the bathroom recently and what am I gonna eat after the show.
If you had to eat at Subway sandwich for the rest of your life what would be your signature sub?
Stevie: I'd starve** because I wouldn't eat it. But if I could bring my own ingredients, I would use the baguette tradition from Au Petit Versailles du Marais, beurre bordier, Jambon de Bayonne, and cornichons. It won't be a five dollar foot long.
**Stevie would definitely starve. No outside ingredients allowed. **
**BONUS** Try this fun cookie recipe thanks to the band's resident foodie Stevie Fury.
Financiers au Th Matcha:
75g Almond Flour
150g Powdered Sugar
1 Pinch of Salt
80g Egg whites
100g Butter, melted
1/2t Vanilla extract
1t Matcha powder, good quality.
Preheat your oven to 180C, About 375F
Mix the first four ingredients in a medium sized bowl to combine. Next, add the egg whites and whisk in (the mixture will be very sticky at this point). Pour in the butter and whisk to incorporate, followed by the vanilla and matcha.
Using a rubber spatula, scoop out the batter into a pastry bag. At this point I tend to let the batter rest so it hardens slightly and is easier to pipe into the molds, but this step is optional.
Lightly butter a silicone mold and pipe in the batter about 3/4 of the way up. Bake until the batter is set and they just begin to brown. Remove the financiers from the oven and let cool slightly before trying to demold, as they will be less likely to break. Allow to cool before eating.
These are great with coffee or tea, and last up to a week in an airtight container. Enjoy!