Harlequin Jones is a band that can roughly be called piano punk. The music mixes catchy dark pop hooks with low, lush female vocals and aggressive piano and drums to accompany. While always on the outskirts, some consider this type of music as a cult genre called dark cabaret.
Once considered an art experiment, Harlequin Jones have honed their originality and skill into something more tangilbe. Amanda von Loon’s trashy elegance on piano along with rich, lush, deep vocals compliment Jesse Arcadio’s part jazz-master part scrap metal machine drummings to result in a synergy of moxie, chemistry and talent. In 2006, these attributes were demonstrated with the release of their first self titled EP. The EP was welcomed as something refreshing by listeners. Their second record release in 2011 deemed reviews worthy of saying that “Harlequin Jones was one of the most underrated bands on the earth.”
In 2012, Harlequin Jones have just released there most recent record titled Overflow. Produced by the esteemed Dean Dichoso, "Overflow" was created in a manic rush of nonstop four days and capture a moment of time for Harlequin Jones. It cycles from fast paced punk style like “Pass The Time,” onto the other extreme of a heartbreaking and eerie ballad such as the title song “Overflow.”
Harlequin Jones has been cited by others as a type of music that has often been compared as “Fiona Apple meets The Dresden Dolls.” HJ fans have also revealed to be big Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, and Tom Waits fans.