‘American Dreamer’: Toledo native generating buzz with Jeremy and The HarlequinsWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
From Hearsay TAO, to We Are The Fury, The New Romans and most recently Jeremy and The Harlequins, Toledo native Jeremy Lublin has not shied away from experimentation in his various musical projects over the years. In fact, he’s welcomed it.
“I think to stay relevant and to stay exciting — not only for the listener, but for myself included — like, I have to keep changing, and evolving and writing something that feels right for the time,” said Lublin, whose stage name is Jeremy Fury.
“The other thing would be a lot of it has to do and had to with the people that I was playing with. The guitarists that I’m playing with now play totally different guitar parts than the guitarists in my previous bands played.
“And not only how they play, but what we’re all kind of going for as a band really changes the sound of something. I write the songs and I sing the songs, but the guitar player’s tone and the bass player’s bass lines, all [of] that stuff changes the sound. So the sound of the band really can change depending on who’s in the band.”
With Jeremy and The Harlequins, Lublin (vocals), his brother Stephan Lublin (drums), Craig Bonich (guitar), Patrick Meyer (guitar) and Nathan Cogan (bass) have created a throwback, nostalgic, stripped down sound that harkens back to American rock’s earlier days and simpler times.
“Everything is so fast-paced, and something that’s the most popular thing today might be totally discarded tomorrow, so you don’t have a sense of permanence for anything,” Lublin said on music’s current digital age and technology as a whole. “So I think maybe part of my attraction to it is that there’s a sense of realness and permanence with something like that era and that music from that time.
“Classic songs and classic music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, for me, is just something that I’ve grown up with and I don’t foresee ever abandoning.”
Lublin’s passion for early rock ‘n’ roll and fascination with nostalgia is evident not only in the music found on Jeremy and The Harlequins’ debut album “American Dreamer,” but also in the recording process.
“It was one of the most effortless recording processes I’ve ever been a part of and everything just clicked, which is why I think it worked,” Lublin said.
Despite not having met Meyer until right before pre-production on “American Dreamer,” Lublin added that the chemistry within the band was present from the start. Jeremy and The Harlequins rehearsed for less than a week and recorded “American Dreamer” in two days.
“It was a combination of I think just everyone being on the same page and being really excited to make a record,” Lublin said.
Released on Feb. 10, “American Dreamer” was recorded at Tempermill Studios. Over the years, the Metro Detroit studio has featured the likes of the White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Kid Rock and John Hiatt.
“It was great,” Lublin said. “I’ve always wanted to work there, and I’ve heard about it for a long time and never had the chance to. It was nice being so close to Toledo. We were staying in Toledo when we were recording, so we would drive back every night.”
The result in “American Dreamer” is an album that’s generated press from USA Today, CMJ, NME, Wall Street Journal and Paste Magazine. Additionally, the music video for the song “Trip Into The Light” has received more than 114,000 YouTube views, while the song itself was part of the summer blockbuster “Edge of Tomorrow” starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise.
“Everything, whether it’s a cool press piece that we get or a song in a really cool movie or TV show, like, these are all great things, but they’re just one part of the puzzle,” Lublin said on the buzz surrounding Jeremy and The Harlequins. “And the reason why they’re great things is because it helps us get our music out to more people, and that’s kind of our goal.
“We’re not just sitting in our bedrooms making music so we can look around the room and say, ‘Look at how good we are guys!’ You know? We’re making music for people.”
Jeremy and The Harlequins are currently recording new material with Matt Verta-Ray (Heavy Trash, Speedball Baby) at his New York City studio with Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids).
“We just finished up, like, four new tunes, so we’re working on the second record right now with him,” Lublin said of Verta-Ray, who mixed ‘American Dreamer.’ “It’s great working with him because he comes from I think the exact same music type of place that we’re at, and he kind of knows what we want before we even have to express it to him.”
With new music already in the works and a run of shows in the UK this month, the evolution of Jeremy and The Harlequins continues to be an enjoyable one for the nostalgic Lublin.
“I think the most rewarding thing is just being able to do it and play music again with people who are likeminded and excited to do it,” Lublin said. “I try to appreciate every show that we have and everything that we get, but really it’s just — I’ve always been like this — I just want to keep making music.”
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