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We miss rock band Harlem — but we love their side projects

We miss rock band Harlem — but we love their side projects

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You might remember Austin band Harlem’s 2008 album Free Drugs ;-), or their 2010 Matador release, Hippies — or maybe you’re still following @HarlemWhateverr, the account that earned them a rep as “the best band on Twitter”?

If you’re anything like us, Harlem’s been one of your favorite local bands since you first heard their fuzzy mix of upbeat guitar and cryptically poetic lyrics. And, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been wondering when the trio will be making another Austin appearance.

While the band’s not technically broken up, they have been on hiatus, with members Michael Coomers and Jose Boyer currently HQ’d in New York. But good news! Coomers (who’s written songs for Hunx and his Punx and Nobunny, among others) has a new solo side project, Lace Curtains (on Twitter @lacecurtains).

The first track of forthcoming album the garden of joy and the well of loneliness, “High Fantasy,” was recently featured on Gorilla vs Bear and The L and boasts drums from Bloc Party’s Matt Tong, an addictively catchy chorus and a subtle nod to rock heroes the Velvet Underground:

Harlem’s other two members have side projects, too; here in Austin, Curtis O’Mara can be found playing with Grape Street, a sort of local supergroup that also features Chris Castillo (The Stuffies), Aaron Sinclair (Frank Smith) and Gray Hickox. (He was also recently featured in Tribeza for playing double duty onstage and as a chef at The Woodland.) Austin Town Hall named them one of the top 5 “Austin Artists to Watch in 2012,” and you can see for yourself this Thursday, May 17 at Red 7, where they’ll be playing Get Bent’s Birthday Bash. You can also listen to "Badz Boyz" below (or on the band's Soundcloud):

Bassist Jose Boyer is busy with Brooklyn’s Daytona, who are spending their summer touring with Lost In Trees. Last month they released EP Storm So Long, available on vinyl and via Bandcamp:

And just ‘cause, let’s revisit Harlem’s “Witch Greens,” directed by Daniel Hill: