Fast Romantics Announce Afterlife Blues LP Release

(via fastromantics.com)

(via fastromantics.com)

Back in 2011, I was contacted by a gentleman by the name of Matthew Angus who just happened to be pushing his band, Fast Romantics’ most recent EP, Kidcutter. Not really knowing what to expect and not expecting much at all, I agreed to take a listen to the EP. Their Bandcamp bio claimed their sound was somewhere along the lines of Elvis Costello and Arcade Fire kicking the crap out of each other, with Fast Romantics’ sound rising in their ashes. Or something along those lines. That may not be word-for-word, but you get the idea.

Well, as it turns out, they weren’t fooling around.

I was immediately ensnared by Angus’ vocal talons and melodic soar. I knew writing a review of Kidcutter was going to be anything but a chore. It was one of the more enjoyable reviews I’ve written, as a matter of fact, which is why I’m so eager and excited to write this post today. I’m excited because I’ve been teased with the potential release of this album for over a year now since I got the chance to sit down with Angus on a cold, rainy January night in Vancouver in 2012 after he’d previously met with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, New Pornographers, 54-40) discussing the album’s recording. Then not 6 months later, the first single Funeral Song was released In the summer of 2012, and I kept eagerly thinking, “Anytime now, Romantics, anytime now.”

We’re well into the summer of 2013, and even though it hasn’t rained on the west coast in over 30 days now, the Fast Romantics dry spell seems to be over. They have announced a brand new album exquisitely named Afterlife Blues and produced by Howard Redekopp with a release date of October 8th, just prior to Canadian Thanksgiving.

Fast Romantics - Afterlife Blues LP

Fast Romantics – Afterlife Blues LP

The band has also started a Pledge Music campaign, asking for fans not to donate money, but to pre-order their album so they can raise funds to fund CD printing, touring and promotion for their upcoming release. Fast Romantics are “fiercely independent”, so they’re doing this thing without any label’s help, which can add up pretty quickly.

If you want to pre-order Afterlife Blues, you’ll really be helping them out. And let’s face it—you’ll be helping yourself out. This is an album I’ve been telling people to look out for. One spin of Funeral Song and I just had this feeling. It won’t disappoint.

So help out! Click the link below and pre-order the album for a few bucks. Or a lot of bucks. You can get a lot of cool stuff, including the gratisfaction in knowing you helped out a band who worked their asses off to bring you top quality music!

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fastromantics

Cheers pour maintenant!

-DYLAN

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~ by whet_hopped on August 1, 2013.

2 Responses to “Fast Romantics Announce Afterlife Blues LP Release”

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  2. Loved it! Thanks for posting this. I’ve never listened to these guys. I look forward to hearing more though. – Tim –

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