Not as the name suggests, the Harlem Shakes hail from Brooklyn and probably don’t dance as expected. After opening up for bands like Arctic Monkeys (who are they?) and Deerhoof, they are gearing up to release their debut EP “Burning Birthdays”, an appropriately named five-song set powered by carefree, foot-tapping indie basement rock. The vintage texture of this eighteen-minute album goes down smooth with a young, hopeful and melodic voice orchestrated with a fine supporting cast of relaxed overdriven guitars. ‘Missing Our Loved Ones’ hints of Electric Light Orchestra, and comparisons have been made to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – probably the closest geographical and musical well-known yardstick – but a full-length album will be more telling.



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February 6, 2007 – Burning Birthdays (EP)

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