Harlequin Jones | The Bad Beginning

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The Bad Beginning

by Harlequin Jones

Aggressive dark piano pop and drums with sexy, low female vocals.
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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1. Carve That Crap
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2. Unsought
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3. Worried Ugly
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4. Will O' the Wisp
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5. The Epic Song
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6. Bold As Brass
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Harlequin Jones' EP "The Bad Beginning" almost never happened. After posting demos of the songs online to fans, the songs successfully gained popularity and acclaim. However, Harlequin Jones struggled to release the final versions due to everything from mental sickness to financial problems. After much blood, sweat, and tears, The Bad Beginning has been released in 2011 after a long overdue wait.
With dark pop hits like "Carve That Crap" and "Worried Ugly," Harlequin Jones redefine the term "pop" as brutal and aggressive but with sickly sweet catchy melodies and rhythms. The album has a thick, full sound with a crisp quality thanks to hard hitting booming drums, percussive piano, and Amanda von Loons rich, lush, deep vocals. Jesse Arcadio's drumming pounds loud and clear as it accompanies the dirty bass he also features on the album. Amanda von Loon's singing powers through songs along with her rhythmic piano playing.
Harlequin Jones are a force to be reckoned with no matter what hardships in life are thrown at them. As this album proves, the songs are timeless and will continue to play in our brains for the long haul.


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"Capable of converting even the most jaded ears"
Harlequin Jones have recently released ‘The Bad Beginning’ EP, and it’s a blinder. ..so thrilling, so abrasive, so damn good.
Straddling the worlds of pop, blues, dark cabaret and rock, but finding a dark, peculiar niche in between, Harlequin Jones are an original, enthralling, exciting and occasionally disturbing proposition...the core being Amanda Von Loon on vocals and piano, and Jesse Arcadio on drums, with a nifty sideline in guitar and bass.
Throughout it all, it’s heartening to hear that, whilst Harlequin Jones obviously take their music seriously, unlike some close contemporaries they never treat it as an exercise in high art, preferring instead to let the tunes do the talking, remaining resolutely accessible whilst retaining their unique mystique. Most songs come in around the 3-minute mark, replete with catchy verses and super-sized choruses that emphasise the band’s stupendous songcraft.
The Bad Beginning’ should be a landmark release for Harlequin Jones, a concise summary of their singular sound that should endear them to discerning listeners the world over. Their not-so-secret weapon is the strength of their songs, and their sheer melodic might should surely be capable of converting even the most jaded ears.
What makes them even more special is the darkness they weave into these songs, hinting at depths we can only begin to comprehend. Remaining just the right side of melodramatic, but capable of instilling an eerie sense of the bizarre and foreboding nonetheless, their music is a thrilling departure from pop’s staid, stagnant norms.
‘The Bad Beginning’, in conjunction with their début EP, proves that Harlequin Jones already possess a canon of instantly classic tunes. The future will surely be bright.