On March 24 Brooklyn’s Harlem Shakes dropped their debut LP, Technicolor Health, to luke-warm reviews. I think I might be the only one who is happily rocking along to the album, their follow-up to 2007’s Burning Birthdays EP. This indie rock five-piece made a big mistake by leaving such a big gap between their EP and LP release dates, setting themselves up for a little bit of failure with that much time for over-anticipation.
But in a few weeks Harlem Shakes hit the road with Passion Pit in what I am sure is going to be a sweat-shaking show (though,sadly, the closest they get to NC is Atlanta), and I figured I’d throw them some Dust Sleeve love before they left. Their music formula is pretty straight forward, kick ’em in the face indie rock n’ roll fit with buzzing synths and studio generated backing beats. It’s good throw it on in the car while you’re getting a milkshake with your friends or dancing around in your cut off shorts and brightly colored sunglasses music, but I don’t see it topping anyone’s “best of ’09” lists. Hey – not everyone can.