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Be specific: Harlem talks KISS T-shirts

harlemThree out of three Harlem members agree on which KISS member they'd want on a T-shirt. (Evy Mages/FTWP)

By David Malitz

One of my favorite records so far in 2010 (No. 3, to be exact) is “Hippies,” by Austin, Tex., trio Harlem. The band was tabbed as opening act for the Dead Weather tour that kicked off last night at 9:30 Club and serves as a nice contrast to Jack White and Alison Mossheart’s scorched-earth rock spectacle. Harlem’s songs are a bit ragged and bratty, filled with hooks and harmonies. Each one sounds like the A-side of some killer garage-pop 7” you rescued from the record store. (See: “Someday Soon,” “Friendly Ghost,” “Gay Human Bones.”)

After last night’s excellent opening set, the plan was to talk to the band about the performance that just went down. Didn’t quite happen. Standing outside 9:30 Club, attention instead turned to on the club’s staff members who was sporting a Gene Simmons T-shirt, which rivaled bassist Jose Boyer’s Slash T-shirt. The following transpired...

(Read the full, uh, "interview," after the jump)

Boyer: See, that guy’s got my shirt beat, just slightly.

Curtis O’Mara: Damn, dude. For those of you who cannot see what just happened, Jose is wearing a Slash T-shirt and some dude with a very long goatee was wearing a Gene Simmons shirt. The guy with the Gene Simmons shirt agreed that Jose’s shirt was a little cooler. Of all the KISS people you could have on your T-shirt, which one would you have?

Me: I wouldn’t really want any of them.

O’Mara: Gun to your head, which one do you pick?

Me: I don’t want Gene Simmons, even though we have the same birthday.

Boyer: Let’s see how long your tongue is!

(I stick out my tongue.)

Boyer: Oh, he’s got the Gene Simmons tongue!

O’Mara: It’s not bad, it’s not bad! It’s pretty close, for the record. Born on the same stars.

Me: I guess I’d pick Paul Stanley.

Michael Coomers: Are we picking favorite KISS members?

O’Mara: No, just who you’d want on a shirt.

Boyer and Coomers: Oh, Peter Criss.

O’Mara: No, that’s mine you can’t take that.

Boyer: Sorry I said it first.

O’Mara: No, [expletive] you, Peter Criss!

Boyer: Cats are awesome.

O’Mara: Peter Criss, although he was a cat, was also a very talented entity in KISS.

By David Malitz  |  July 14, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Harlem  
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Nice guys, saw them in Rotterdam recently and then ran into them the next night at the Smith Westerns show. Great li'l record, no pretensions, just some cool heads-down/let's rock.

Posted by: getpersonal | July 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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