Harlem Insect Laws


Keyboard, Saxophone, Trumpet, Drums.


We are a 3-piece "psychedelic art-rock" (self-coined) band out of Durham, NC that's currently seeking a drummer. The guitarist-vocalist and bassist have been playing together for several years now, and have a very strong dynamic. We have at least an album's worth of original material that just needs to be practiced before we can start playing out! A lot of what you'll hear on our page is not very representative of our current sound, which is loosely blues-based psychedelic with a very strong emphasis on complex/unpredictable melodies, and a very "crisp" rhythm section as can be found in a lot of post-punk and krautrock music. We are not "experimental" for the sake of being weird -- all seeming "weirdness" in our music has a powerful emotional core.

Screen name:
Member since:
Sep 19 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
37 years


Tim Buckley, The Cure, Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd, Scott Walker, The Doors, Cocteau Twins, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Durutti Column, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, The Velvet Underground, The Psychic Ills, Wooden Shjips, Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths.

Members Of Band

Rashed Arafat (vocals, guitar), Leites Chiong (bass)


Fender Jazzmaster, Gretsch 5120 Electromatic, Fender Mustang Bass, Epiphone Thunderbird Bass, Roland JC-120 and a ton of mostly boutique/handmade analog effects pedals!