I caught Austin’s Harlem twice last weekend here in town; Friday night at a house party in Chinatown and the following night at Spaceland. As expected, both shows were beautifully unhinged; the wheels teetering, barely staying on the tracks as the trio bashed out Lenny Kaye approved blasts of garage rock strewn with keen pop sensibilities.
As I’ve mentioned here in the past, the band has an interesting, if eclectic, ear when it comes to cover material (Royal Trux, Devo, The Flamin’ Groovies, etc). While I don’t remember catching any of the aforementioned covers this past weekend, I did end up in a conversation with someone at the bar concerning the band’s surprisingly sober/bizarre cover of Q Lazzarus’s “Goodbye Horses.” Yes, that “Goodbye Horses;” the tune one Jame Gumb “dances” to in his lair during the last third of Silence of The Lambs. Ah yes…the ‘tuck‘.
If you’re heading to Austin during the Film/Interactive portion of SXSW, Harlem, covered in BBQ sauce, will be playing Aquarium Drunkard’s party Saturday night (at Red Eye Fly) with The Strange Boys and Vega. I doubt you’ll hear any Q Lazzarus jams but with any luck you will catch some”South of France.”