Technicolor Health (Bonus Track Version) by Harlem Shakes on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nearly as soon as the Harlem Shakes began gigging around Brooklyn in 2003 they were saddled with inescapable comparisons to the Strokes and a colossal amount of hype. While anticipation grew and then withered for a full-length that never appeared the band slipped off the cultural radar, releasing a single EP of their early material to little fanfare in 2007 before returning with their first full-length Technicolor Health in the spring of 2009. Thankfully, time away from the glare of the media spotlight seems to have done the band a world of good, and the ensemble featured on Technicolor Health is more assured, mature, and musically adventurous than the winning but decidedly one-dimensional post-punk that sounded for all the world like a less sophisticated variant of the type of fist-pumping dance punk being churned out by the likes of the French Kicks and the Rapture. Surprisingly, Technicolor Health sports a laid-back sometimes country-tinged vibe that is both charming and fully realized, making for a far better album than anyone familiar with the group’s industry-related travails had any right to expect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nearly as soon as the Harlem Shakes began gigging around Brooklyn in 2003 they were saddled with inescapable comparisons to the Strokes and a colossal amount of hype. While anticipation grew and then withered for a full-length that never appeared the band slipped off the cultural radar, releasing a single EP of their early material to little fanfare in 2007 before returning with their first full-length Technicolor Health in the spring of 2009. Thankfully, time away from the glare of the media spotlight seems to have done the band a world of good, and the ensemble featured on Technicolor Health is more assured, mature, and musically adventurous than the winning but decidedly one-dimensional post-punk that sounded for all the world like a less sophisticated variant of the type of fist-pumping dance punk being churned out by the likes of the French Kicks and the Rapture. Surprisingly, Technicolor Health sports a laid-back sometimes country-tinged vibe that is both charming and fully realized, making for a far better album than anyone familiar with the group’s industry-related travails had any right to expect.

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4:03
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3:42
2:52
3:36
4:20
4:37
3:56
2:48
3:02

About Harlem Shakes

Brooklyn indie rock quintet Harlem Shakes are singer Lexy Benaim, guitarist Todd Goldstein (who also records solo as Arms), bassist Jose Soegaard, keyboardist Kendrick Strauch, and drummer Brent Katz. Mining a garage rock sound often compared to the Strokes, the group formed in 2003 and was named after the bandmembers' favorite dance move. After playing all over New York City and opening for the Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and the Fiery Furnaces, Harlem Shakes finally self-released a debut EP, Burning Birthdays, in February 2007. The record gathered positive reviews and a lot of blog-generated buzz, and earned the band an opening slot on a Deerhoof tour. The band's first full-length album, Technicolor Health, was released in March of 2009 on Gigantic Music. ~ Kenyon Hopkin

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2003

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