Singer Jeremy Fury gives us the lowdown on the New York rockers’ latest single
Jeremy & the Harlequins have been making music for a few years now, but the band’s members are all well-versed in the world of being a professional musician. After the demise of former endeavors, the quintet started playing together in NYC and the result rock ‘n’ roll that pays tribute to the sounds of yore, namely doo wop and rockabilly. With three albums under its belt, the five-piece is hard at work on another collection of infectious, soulful tunes and recently released its latest single.
“’Little One’ is the end result of contemplating a temporary romantic relationship I knew wouldn’t last, a handful of Gene Vincent records, a bottle of cab, and me with an acoustic guitar in an empty NY apartment for the weekend while my roommates were out of town,” explains singer Jeremy Fury.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Fury to talk about the single, the band’s origin story and the moment he realized he wanted to be a musician.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hello, I’m Jeremy of Jeremy & The Harlequins. I’m a Libra.
Where are you right now?
Sitting in my bed with a laptop in my lap.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Well, there’s Craig Bon and Patrick Meyer on the guitars, Stevie Fury on the drums, and Bobby Ever on the bass. Bobby’s got the best moves by far! We learned that in Nashville at The 5 Spot after one of our gigs.
Tell us about your new single “Little One.” Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
We recorded the track in Los Angeles in two places actually. We tracked the instruments at Palomino Sound in Boyle Heights and recorded the vocals in Beachwood Canyon at Rick Parker’s studio. Rick Parker produced the track. The song is pretty self-explanatory. After one listen, you’ll get the gist of it. It’s about wanting someone to save you from loneliness. What kind of candy?
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Rock ‘n’ roll. If I describe it past that, chances are we’ll disappoint you. We aren’t rockabilly, classic rock, doo wop, Americana, folk, but we have elements of all of it. I think rock ‘n’ roll is the way to sum ourselves up without pigeon holing ourselves too much.
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Stevie and I were playing in a band years ago called We Are The Fury. We met Craig when we were opening for his old band, Head Automatica, on tour. After the demise of both our respective bands, Craig and I started working together. A day before recording our debut LP, American Dreamer, Craig met Patrick and invited him into play on the first record. We met Bobby on bass through mutual friends prior to writing our second album, Into the Night.
Other than Jeremy & the Harlequins, what should your hometown be known for?
We’re based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. If you don’t know anything about New York, NY, then I don’t know how to help you. What is New York known for? The Ghostbusters, the current President of the United States, immigrants, pizza, tall buildings, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Blondie, The Talking Heads, subways, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, Broadway, taxi cabs, countless mob movies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, graffiti, hip hop, Andy Warhol, the Jay Z and Alicia Keys tune, etc.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
This radio. It’s from the 50’s and has original tubes, but also plays music using BlueTooth. It’s pretty cool because you can hear modern songs filtered through how it would have sounded like in a different time. My brother and his wife got it for me for my birthday two years ago.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I think it was Richie Valens’ version of “La Bamba”. I can’t really give a reason because I was three years old. I think that’s perfect though – not a lot of thought, just a good feeling.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Have fun. Trying to play music for a living is borderline insanity. If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point of it?
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Someone who loves to drive, sober, quiet, and with an impeccable driving record. If you’re out there, have we got a job for you!
What song best sums up your life right now?
Tom Petty’s “The Waiting”.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Not one particular moment, but I like when kids like it. I feel kids’ reactions are honest and genuine.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
On tour, playing to lots of people, selling lots of records, on a tour bus in a bunk wishing I was home in my bed typing an interview.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Step one? We’re playing Sept. 9th with Nicole Atkins at Mercury Lounge in New York.
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