JEREMY & THE HARLEQUINS – Into The Night (interview)

Kick Ass ROCK & ROLL from downtown NY. Sweet Sweet Music talked to Jeremy Fury.

Into The Night, the title track, is my favorite song of the year. No need to lie about that. Watch here!

Thanks. It was inspired by the girl I was dating at the time. To me, it’s about being away from someone you love and finding the strength to get to them. I think it could be about anyone or anything; going into the night and persevering. 

As for the lyrics, living in Manhattan, I don’t have a car and wasn’t actually driving when I had the idea for the song. The driving theme came from the pulsating guitar rhythm which feels like driving to me.

Rhythm Don’t Lie, Liitle Steven’s coolest song of the week. What about that?

It’s the closest song on the album to a ‘rockabilly’ standard. It’s pulled directly out of the late 50’s and because of that, I wanted to make the lyrics fun enough to keep the listener interested. There’s a sense of humility to the lyrics, at least that was my intention. It’s a fun rock ‘n roll tune, albeit, a bit self deprecating.  

How did you record Into The Night? It doesn’t sound like too much production (compliment!) or did it take very long to get that live feel (compliment too)?

We recorded everything analog to tape in a basement on Orchard St. in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It wasn’t even a possibility to overproduce it, so the sound and live feel comes out of the limitations of the recording. Every track on the record was recorded within three takes. We aren’t trying to brag or anything, our situation was that we had limited money and time, an analog basement studio, and five musicians who have been playing in bands for a long time.

You have a record company (Yep Roc), what does “having a record deal’ means nowadays? Times have change, they say 🙂

Well, for physical items (vinyl and CD’s), it’s great! They manufacture everything, distribute our music to record shops, help with all the marketing and publicity that comes with it. On the digital end, they can get better placement in digital music retailers, but realistically… every artist can get their music on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, etc.  

Honestly, the best part about having a label is having a team of people push our music to more potential fans. The grandeur that used to come with being on a label is gone, and that’s not a bad thing. The ‘old’ industry model was really only about 60 or 70 years old anyway. And, the whole point of being in a band is supposed to be about making music and reaching fans. I think that’s still possible.  

Is it tough to write a song like For Angels?

No, haha. I don’t know. I don’t know what you mean by tough? Some songs take longer than others to write, but this one wasn’t particularly more or less difficult than any other track on the record.  

For me, I have to see the song first, and the entirety of this song was pretty clear from the minute I saw it. All the songs are already there, my job is to chip away the material that doesn’t belong. I think I read that in a fortune cookie.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

1) The Slider – T-Rex

2) Long Tall Sally – Little Richard

3) You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry

4) Donna – Richie Valens

5) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
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