The Harlem Shakes

Attitude counts for a lot in music. Musicians aren’t just the sum of their instruments — they have to transcend it all somehow to create a saleable, interesting persona and then maintain it more or less through the years as they continue to sell records. Ever wonder why so few rock bands are truly viable for twenty-five years? Most humans aren’t built like that. Anyway, I got off topic a bit there, but I’ve been liking the Harlem Shakes lately and mostly because of the attitude of it.

The Harlem shakes are New Yorkers, and they bring a brash “I’m here, deal with me” vibe to their music. They sound young, to be sure, and bits of the music are amateurish; but instead of warbling into the mic about their troubles, they pound it out. I like the vox and I like the on-key backup, and I like the bells and whistles and the drum & bass behind. I even like the name of the new EP, “Burning Birthdays.” I don’t know what they meant by it, but as someone heading full speed into their 30s, I feel like I’m burning birthdays at an incredible rate.

These guys are unsigned and their site is down, but there’s enough on the Myspace and the Hype Machine for everyone.

The Harlem Shakes – Myspace

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

The Harlem Shakes – Sickos.mp3
The Harlem Shakes – A Night.mp3
The Harlem Shakes – Eighteen.mp3

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  1. Anya’s avatar

    I love your site, and I come on here any time I need some new musical inspiration. You’ve introduced me to a ton of great bands. Anyway, I was totally bummed to find out that that you had some songs by the Harlem Shakes that I’ve never heard before (I just discovered them via Myspace and kind of love them), so I was hoping you’d take mercy on me and hook a sister up. If not, you still rock. Keep up the good work!

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