Brothers, fathers, and rock 'n' roll are at the heart of Between the Records, Julian Tepper's third novel, a moody and heady work of autofiction surrounding the relationship between Jules and Adam, two brothers who are also bandmates.
The first chapter of this novel of New York City early aughts rock ‘n’ roll revival was published in the May-June 2018 issue of Playboy.
Jules and Adam’s quixotic yet fraught relationship has allowed them to make the art they love as they follow in their father’s musician footsteps. Their band is signed to a label, they tour constantly, and their drummer, Abe is always late. As Jules navigates the period of time after their first album is released but before their second is made, the brothers begin to realize brotherhood and art are not enough. Jules, the younger, struggles to feel heard while Adam vies for the dominance he’s accustomed to as the oldest brother. From the forest in Woodstock where they hole up trying to finish writing songs, to the tour van they’re sick of, and finally to the streets of New York City where their final battle takes place, the brothers wrestle with their demons- musical and familial.
Julian Tepper is the author of two novels, Balls (Rare Bird) and Ark (Dzanc). As the member of the band The Natural History, he recorded two albums and co-wrote the hit song, "Don't You Evah" for the legendary indie-group, Spoon.
Between the Records has the gritty realness of Meet Me in the Bathroom mixed with the literary family dynamics of The Corrections.