Sean Tillmann has been making records under the name Har Mar Superstar since 1999. Under the Har Mar moniker Sean has gone through a plethora of phases ranging from fun-loving beats-based music pioneer (he and Peaches shared stages early on) to angry arena crowd opener (public lewdness police records to prove it) to soul music crooner. His last album Bye Bye 17 opened a lot of peoples’ minds to his songwriting prowess, which has existed since day one of his career.
For years Tillmann was an artist’s artist when The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many other legends decided to collaborate and/ or take him on tour. Different phases of his career brought him fame through the fickle worlds of indie, British pop, LA DJ-dom, and New York night crawling.
Bye Bye 17 was an eye opener to the music world, not that Tillmann wasn’t used to accolades through his former work with Sean Na Na, Gayngs, Neon Neon, and Calvin Krime. Sean had “arrived as a songwriter”. After living in LA and NYC for 12 years, Sean moved back to Minneapolis, MN where he is most creative. With the help of Chris Bierden (Polica, Bye Bye 17), Ryan McMahon (Har Mar, Lizzo), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Adele, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens), and Ryan Olson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads) Har Mar Superstar’s album “Best Summer Ever” was born.
Best Summer Ever since it’s inception has been imagined as a Greatest Hits of Har Mar Superstar from 1950-1985. Tillmann was born in 1978. Wrap your head around that, please.
Best Summer Ever is a slow burner with many ballads, dance-able tracks, and co-writes. Long-time friend Julian Casablancas (Cult Records founder, The Strokes), Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Erykah Badu, Voidz, Weezer), and Tillmann worked very closely to make the concept happen. Karen O, Matt Sweeney, and James Levy (Reputante, Lolawolf) all helped write songs on the record. Bobby Charles wrote “I Hope”. “Youth Without Love” was a demo written by Julian that was sitting around that Har Mar fell in love with, so they made it for the record.
Look out for Har Mar Superstar, now fronting a six-piece band complete with horns, touring worldwide this year. The live show has always been a fun, sweat-soaked celebration of joy. The man was born to rock a stage. Join the party.
Don’t fake your love.
04/07 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
04/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/09 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Social Club
04/10 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
04/12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
04/14 -Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
04/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milk Boy
04/16 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
04/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
04/18 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
04/19 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
04/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
04/21 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
04/22 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/24 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
04/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/27 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
04/29 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
05/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
05/04 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
05/05 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
05/06 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/07 – Calgary, AB @ The Palamino
05/08 – Edmonton, AB @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern
05/09 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
05/10 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
05/11 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
05/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
05/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
05/14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/01 – Primavera, Sain @ Primavera Sound
08/12 – Eaux Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires
01. I Hope
02. Youth Without Love
03. Anybody’s Game
04. How Did I Get Through the Day?
05. Haircut (feat. Karen O)
06. It Was Only Dancing (Sex)
07. Don’t Erase
08. My Radiator
09. Famous Last Words