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"Julian, you got a bass guitar?"
He didn’t know if what he had in his basement was a guitar or a bass, but he brought it to jam with Alex and Andrew anyway. Turns out, it had four strings and sounded deep, so the trio learned as much of the Strokes as possible for one guitarist, drummer, and bassist to play. Of course, the Strokes need two guitars to play their songs, so Julian invited Conor, an old friend, to join in on the jam sessions. Julian’s mom Maya heard the boys playing one afternoon and asked them to perform at one of her community events. Thrilled, the guys narrowed down their covers to play their first gig. To perform, they would also need a name: nothing a game of LOTR Risk couldn’t sort out. And so, Harlindon performed for the first time, where one of the older members of the audience remarked, “Y’all have promise.”
Fast forwarding a couple months later, Alex and Julian came to a head as the former, the oldest of the band, was heading off to his first year of college and didn't know if the musician’s life would be prudent in the transition. He was out. The first semester of school separated the newly formed group but brought revelation to Andrew and Julian: life without music is a life that isn't worth living. On a day full of NFL Street in Julian’s basement, they promised to stick together as a band forever. That night, they wrote their first song A New Way.
Fueled by a creative spark, the two assembled a new band that weekend: Conor brought a friend from school, Alex Massi. Massi was invited as a guitarist but his bass skills far surpassed Julian’s, so they made do. The band continued to write more and more, attempting to fill the 5th slot with other members. Unfortunately, no one except the old Alex could fill the void.
Late into the first semester, Alex and Julian reconnected and reminisced, forging a bond of friendship that would never get severed again. He was back. 2012 welcomed the 5-piece band as a happy and well-oiled machine, practicing and performing as much as possible.
As the band gathered more and more fans from highschools in the area, they headed to Silver Soul Studios to record their EP South of Havens. That summer they planned and operated their first release show with around 100 people in attendance; A small crowd for the Strokes, but more than Harlindon could ever dream of.
While South of Havens was successful for the band, it wasn't a sound they would explore. As the group matured they found new beginnings in 2013: a new sound, new possibilities in Chicago, and opportunity at home. The dream to change lives through music has never been so real.