Karl Harlequin

Karl Harlequin

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Karl Harlequin takes his own photos, writes, plays, and records everything himself. Good for him.

Biography

Karl Harlequin is the pseudonym of Russell Alistair Dench. Originally a pianist (taking formal lessons at 10 yrs old, and composing songs from 13).

He was a graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Music and studied under Jack Body, John Psathas, and Ross Harris (1997-2000).

His first band, The Harlequin Cube started in 2001, and was originally called 'Harlequin Squared', a name given by James Bennett, who played guitar, whilst Russell played keyboards and provided vocals.

The two eventually went separate ways for work-related reasons, and Russell renamed the band as it is now after moving to live in Auckland, where he sold his beloved acoustic piano and bought a stack of synthesisers and drum machines.

Around a month later, The Harlequin Cube had its first singles 'Everybodys Got A Problem' and 'Industrial Sufferage'.

Eventually he got bored of the whole dark-end industrial/electro scene of the late 90's, and moved back to Wellington and was introduced to the IDM genre by DJ MartiAn from local radio station Active89FM's 'Deep Show'.

The creative partnership work well, and spawned numerous tracks, all of which received valuable airplay.

However, just as they were gaining a respectable local audience, Martian moved to Japan to teach English, and Russell felt unable to carry on alone, only completing 4 new tracks before finally deciding to call it quits.

Around 2003 he made another bold move, and swapped a digital piano for a Fender Stratocaster and 500 bucks cash in the hand (he later named this guitar 'Francis' after seeing footage of Frank Black from The Pixies using the same model and color on a 1988 live show).

To date he has has recently returned to his roots , and resurfaced as a singer/songwriter, taking his cue from artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Pixies and Nirvana (amongst many others).

Lyrics

Sunday Afternoon

Written By: Russell Alistair Dench

If theres something you should know
Its if you'll stay or if you'll go

Into the blues
That I made
On a Sunday afternoon

And if theres something I could say
To turn you 'round
Would you tell me so that
I can't bring you down

Always the same
In a daze,
On a Sunday Afternoon

When I saw you
In the window of your room
All the stars were in your way

If I was to say
Theres something you should know
You only turn the other way

And if theres something I could say
To turn you 'round
If theres someone else
You'd rather be with now

Always the same
Down the drain
On a Sunday afternoon

When I saw you
In the window of your room
All the stars were in your way

If I was to say
Theres something you should know
You only turn the other way

I Heard You Talking

Written By: Karl Harlequin (Russell Dench)

I heard you talking in your sleep
Just what you said I don't believe.

Yeah yeah yeah

You said I was too much in my head,
You think I should've given up instead.

Yeah yeah yeah...

I know that you thought that I was weak.
I know that you're walking out on me.

Yeah yeah yeah

Well someones gonna go and tell your friends.
You know I'm gonna be there in the end.

Yeah yeah yeah.

I wanted to please you with this song.
But all of these words just came out wrong.

Yeah yeah yeah

Will I stop thinking you're not gone.
You know its been going on too long.

Yeah yeah yeah

Reckless

Written By: Karl Harlequin (Russell Dench)

Now comes the time that we part
I'm going away now to live without you

Don't be afraid of the dark
I'm not around now to be beside you
Be inside you

I go on my way in the dark

I knew it was wrong at the start.
But I went on and on trying to please you.

Now we'll go our ways in the dark.
Things I liked about you now you're leaving..
Am I dreaming? No I'm alone now in the dark.

Away from the thorns of my heart,
I really know that you'll be safe without me...
Go, go away make a new start
I hear the laughter and now I'm bleeding,
Am I seeing two?

I'm so far in love with you...now
I'm reckless, so reckless.

Long ago, safe in my arms,
Things I liked about you now you're leaving.
You say it was wrong from the start
But I went on and on trying to please you.
Am I dreaming? You found the hole in my heart.
I'll go on my way in the dark.

Discography

Love|Apathy|Hate album 2009 e-release:

I Heard You Talking
Used
Sunday Afternoon
I Got Tired
Last Time
Stay
Reckless

Set List

Originals:

I Heard You Talking
Used
Sunday Afternoon
I Got Tired
Last Time
Stay
Reckless

Covers (1 or more from this list):

Not Given Lightly (Chris Knox)
Call Me (Blondie)
Womanizer (Britney Spears)
Mary-Ann With The Shaky Hands (The Who)
The Water (Frank Black)