Harlem is the combined efforts of two songwriters, Coomers and Curtis, who grew up together in Tucson, Arizona. After spending some time playing in various punk bands Coomers relocated to San Francisco, and Curtis kicked around for a bit in Nashville. Aimless. And bored. Coomers soon re-joined his friend in Tennessee, and the two formed a band of their own. They performed their first show as Harlem in a basement in Chattanooga that had a bunch of dogs in it. Trying out a few more locales before landing on a home base, the duo spent some time in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Portland sampling the sublets and shitty jobs made available to them as they hopped from place to place until, one ill-fated day, Curtis fell into a clearly marked construction site ditch and broke his arm, which led them to seek out permanent lodgings in beautiful Austin, Texas.

Through no fault of their own, Harlem became sort of popular. The band released their debut full-length, Hippies, on Matador in 2010 and Pitchfork awarded the album an 8.1 along with the praise “[Harlem] opt out of messing with fuzz pedals and wear their grime on their sleeve instead.” Following the release and fan-fare of Hippies, Coomers and Curtis went on to explore other side projects. Curtis busied himself with a band called Grape St. And Coomers released solo albums, back in Los Angeles for a stint, under the name Lace Curtains. In 2017 they came back together to play a few shows and released a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Cola.” So much enjoyment was found during their reunion that they decided to back off from their respective careers as line cook and community college student to make a new record. Oh Boy, the follow-up to 2010’s Hippies, will be released on Female Fantasy Records on February 14, 2019.

Las Rosas, the roses, began in the back room of the back room in the back of an non-legal living establishment in Long Island City Queens New York. Drummer and erstwhile smoker Christopher (now reformed) declared his idea to start playing the songs that Jose had written in Texas following the liquidation of his previous band, called Harlem. The two spent six late nights in the non-legal studio, consistently lessening the quality of sleep of the young couple upstairs who truly and adorably only wanted the return of their stolen playstation.

It became clear to the pair of men that what they truly needed was a bass player and there was only one player it could be; with their notorious subtlety and care they succeeded to convince Jose Aybar of four Wild Yaks of Brooklyn into a binding co-arrangement with las Rosas and in mere moments the two Joses and the one Christopher were playing semi-legal shows to clusters or crowds for mile(s) around.

It (las Rosas) became known to Burger Records of California, whose jovial proprietors demanded/acquiesced to a non-legal agreement whereby they (the record company) released las Rosas’ debut Extended Play Cassette “Flower In The Sun”, in October of 2013. Since that time, they have been busy traveling the United States in their sea-foam van and recording new songs concerning the heart, police, foul moods, and True Friendship.

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