CINCINNATI PSYCH-PUNKS THE HARLEQUINS SHARE
NEW VIDEO “STEP INSIDE” AT PUNKNEWS,
NEW LP ONE WITH YOU OUT NOW
Check out The Harlequins video “Step Inside” at PunkNews
Stream/embed tracks from One With You below
RIYL: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Acid Dad, Black Lips, Smith Westerns
The Harlequins have also been featured previously at Noisey, The A.V. Club, Exclaim, Performer, My Old Kentucky Blog, Citybeat and more.
“The Harlequins put a fresh spin on a classic regional sound that has universal appeal, and like Austin’s the Strange Boys and San Francisco’s Ty Segall, remember that fun and fuzz belong close together.” –Noisey
“While plenty of bands in the garage-punk world are content to stick to the traditional song structure of verse-chorus repeat, Cincinnati’s The Harlequins mine psych for all it’s worth.” – The A.V. Club
“’60s San Fran garage rock jangle.” – PunkNews
“Fuzzed-out surf rock and psychedelia.” – Exclaim!
“Chock full of nostalgic reverb and noir-ish, punkabilly overtones, these good-time, surf-pop rockers with a baroque panache are a hard act to corral into any specific genre.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“Breakneck psych-punk.” – Performer Magazine
“Years of playing together have shaped The Harlequins into an impressive psych-rock outfit that writes compelling songs, brings them to fiery life in the studio and translates them with hair-raising intensity on stage.” – Citybeat
Aug. 19, 2016 — PunkNews recently premiered the new video “Step Inside” from psych punks The Harlequins, writing, “‘Step Inside’ starts off with a ’60s San Fran garage rock jangle. But, just as the tune sets itself in the era of peace and love, the trip goes wicked and the song becomes very, very dark. Likewise, the video starts out with gentle, bright colors and happy faces before both of those things melt into grotesque caricatures of themselves. To paraphrase a famous man, ‘stay away from the brown acid!'”
The Harlequins are an experimental, psychedelic rock trio hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. Evolving out of the home recordings of songwriter Michael Oliva, the group formed with the meeting of bassist Alex Stenard in 2006. They were later joined by drummer Rob Stamler in 2008, cementing the band’s current lineup.
The Harlequins are known for their energetic live performances and experimental light shows, incorporating elements of ‘50s and ‘60s rock & roll with garage, surf, punk and krautrock. The Harlequins have released five albums independently and have been a regular fixture at SXSW, Bunbury and Midpoint Music Festivals. In 2011 they were handpicked by the Black Lips for a feature on Noisey.com.
After touring behind 2013’s Sex Change EP The Harlequins signed to Dizzybird Records and spent 2015 writing and recording their label debut, One With You, out June 24.