The Fast Romantics are living life in the fast lane
With many spotlights on movie and show soundtracks, appearances at the Virgin Festival and Free the Noise, not to mention a nomination at the 10th annual Independent Music Awards, The Fast Romantics are quickly on their way to the top of the pop/rock charts.
To really seal the deal, the Calgary outfit is set to release their sophomore album titled Afterlife Blues this October, as a follow up to their self-titled LP (2009) and an EP called Kidcutter (2010.)
Front man and founder of the band, Matthew Angus said casually that they’re stoked for the album release, and what’s to come following.
“We’ve had the album done now for almost 7-8 months, and I’m still enjoying it, that’s the most exciting part,” said Angus.
He explained that with the past two works, they’ve been overly critical and constantly found err in their previous recordings. Now with this album, he feels like they’ve stricken a chord.
“Everyone else in the band is still feeling really good about this, so that’s got to be a good thing.”
“As a younger band, we worried so much about what people would think, or what they will judge. As an artist you’re meant to bear your soul, I don’t think we were quite doing that before out of fear of what people might think,” Angus said in reflection.
Angus closed in saying that they’ve finally trusted their instincts, and whether they make it or not, or what people think, they’re happy with what they’ve done.
Their release show is slated for Oct. 11 at the Garrison in Toronto, Canada’s international music hub, playing alongside local indie surf poppers the Highs.
“After the album release, we venture on a seven-week power trip across North America, everywhere but Mexico. We’re still adding shows, and we’re doing the scary thing of not really having a day off during that time. We go big, foolishly sometimes, and just think about it later.”
It’s been almost three years since they’ve done an actual full-length tour, and these guys are jonesing to play full-fledged again after hunkering down so hard for this album.
Their first single and video from the album “Funeral Song” is quite simply put a rock gem. The video complements the song incredibly, considering the abstract and unusual videos we’ve become accustomed to in recent times. As you can watch yourself below, it starts off with a comical opening of a funeral sequence, and a grandmother asking “who the fuck are the Fast Romantics?” once again showing the light-hearted sided of these hopeless romantics.
“We were just trying to portray the view of the general public through that old lady,” laughed Angus. “We wrestled with the thought of literal over abstract, but once we started, we thought ‘what else are we going to do?’”
So, they went with the morbidly morose theme, but with a laughing twist, a rock band in a church, and a celebration of someone’s life, much like an Irish wake.
“As someone who is terrified of death, I like to think that humans can think of death in that way, because I can’t handle death like that,” admitted Angus.
The new album is showing not only a lot of progress in the band itself, but also a lot of future promise for the group. Angus attributes this new found and felt harmony to the band finally being solidified after a few changes in membership.
“I listen to our old stuff, and not that they’re terrible albums, but you can hear a band struggling to figure out who they are,” explained Angus.
“It’s just a natural thing that happens,” Angus said about Matt Kilewer leaving the band. “There was no giant tornado of violence or anything, it just needed to happen. I can’t say that about a lot of band member changes.”
The route has been mapped for these young chaps from Alberta, and although they’ve seen and tasted recognition, they’re well on their way to international fame. Being mixed and mastered by the likes of Mike Fraser (Franz Ferdinand, Elvis Costello, Metallica) and produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, Mother Mother) has them learning from the best.
Add spotlights on popular hit shows such as One Tree Hill, Shameless and Vampire Diaries, and their personal musical accolades, they’ve drawn up the recipe for success, it’s just a matter now of baking it to perfection.