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Jeremy & The HarlequinsJeremy & The Harlequins
Album: Remember This
Label: Yep Roc
Tracks: 11

A New York five-piece dedicated to keeping the 50s and 60s rock 'n' roll flame burning while offering lyrics with an eye on contemporary life, they line up as frontman Jeremy Fury, ably supported by brother Stevie, Craig Bon, Patrick Meyer and Bobby Ever.

The title track kicks things off by calling to mind iconic 60s revivalists The Ramones, a steady drum beat, chugging rhythm and chiming guitars driving along the infectious hooks. It's an effervescent start to an album that fizzes throughout, following on with the early Stonesy swagger of 'Nothing Civil' and a two-fisted salvo of earworm vintage pop in the strutting bounce of 'Little One' with its bubblegum drum patterns and echoes of Del Shannon's 'The Wanderer' and the motoring 'California Rock' with Chuck Berry guitar behind the wheel and a 'Real Wild Child' in the backseat.

A song about self-destructive tendencies in relationships, 'Who's Gonna Save Us?' offers another swaggering march along melody, boosted by horns and barroom piano before 'With You' takes the tempo down to a jangling guitar chug and cascading chords for an anthemic love song ballad.

Little Steven has already hailed 'Starlight' as a classic,not surprising since its melody and we can make it lyric readily call to mind the tumbling power chords of 70s Springsteen while the mid-tempo 'American Gold', a social commentary about building corporate empires on the backs of the working man, conjures an alt country-toned Tom Petty.

An interesting choice for the album's sole cover, Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' gets a Texicana makeover with acoustic guitar, mandolin and handclaps beat, the album closing up the store with the stadium friendly, think positive crowd rouser 'Hold On', its echoes of Gaslight Anthem also reverberating around the Motown rhythms of 'You Can't Hurry Love' on 'A Lot More Wise' where Fury gets the last laugh on a girl who dumped him and now stalks the band on Twitter.

Baseball and leather jackets, denim jeans, t-shirts, shades, the sound of young dreamers and bruised heart rebels cruising 60s summer New York streets, rock 'n' roll memories are made of this.

Mike Davies