When we met Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, the cousins who together make up the band Javelin, at Kellogg’s Diner in Brooklyn a few Saturday afternoons ago, we were all moving a little slowly. The night before, Javelin had played the American Natural History Museum’s One Step Beyond party, which entailed performing songs from their irresistibly charming new electropop LP, Hi Beams, in the Hayden Planetarium.
It was an especially auspicious day for it—a meteor had just exploded over Russia, and an asteroid had barely avoided hitting Earth, all in the space of 24 hours. It’s to Javelin’s credit that despite these and sundry other distractions, their set kept a crowd of drunken 20-somethings transfixed. It’s no accident: Hi Beams is a record calculated to play exactly as well at a dance party as it does in headphones, with stylish songs that start out merely catchy and end up unexpectedly complex.
At Kellogg’s that Saturday, Van Buskirk got French onion soup, Langford got a BLT, and we got to talking.
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