Bring 'em Back: Fast Romantics at OuterEdge Stage
Mile of Music Presents is proud to have Mile 5 favorite Fast Romantics returning to Appleton as part of the new Bring 'Em Back series. The series will regularly feature artists who return to Appleton based on popular demand.
The concert will begin at the OuterEdge Stage at 8:00 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.).
Ticket pricing is as follows:
General Admission - $10 (plus tax and fees)
2017 Music-Makers - $8 (plus tax and fees, with coupon code sent via email)
Both pricing options are available at the door the night of the show (cash or credit) as capacity allows.
Who: Fast Romantics w/ The Elwins
When: Saturday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Where: OuterEdge Stage (303 N. Oneida St.)
Other Info: All ages (21+ to purchase alcohol)
See you Saturday, October 28!
This is a club-style, standing room only show. Chairs will be placed for attendees with mobility restrictions.
DISCLAIMER: Artists subject to change without notice.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Singer/guitarist Matt Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist Francesco Figliomeni--came together in 2006 near Newmarket, about an hournorth of Toronto.
After touring extensively behind 2012's And I Thank You and 2015's Play for Keeps, the band developed a natural chemistry, which continues to propel (and challenge) their collaborative spirit on Beauty Community. The Elwins had never entered the studio with so many songs before, each member coming in with strong material. An unspoken desire for more introspective ballads seemed to pervade each songwriter's creative impulse, weirdly putting some pressure on the band to figure out what this record was all about. Experimentation led to new creative forays, including, unusually, an instrumental: "Your Very Own Beauty Community." There seems to be an overtly upbeat spirit to the songs and a sensitive, inquisitive sentiment within Beauty Community. A close listen suggests that certain things are being processed. Relationships, life, the sense of (and not) belonging. In the end, Beauty Community is the work of an experienced unit--a band of brothers who know when to push each other out of comfort zones. There's plenty here for Elwins faithful to cling to but also tasteful explorations that shed new light on the band--a beauty community indeed.
What does it mean to fall in love in the 21st century? American Love, the aptly titled forthcoming album from Toronto indie-rockers Fast Romantics, is a nod to the type of cinematic storybook romance Hollywood has conditioned us to search for. But in real life, love is often subject to chaos beyond our control, and American Love doesnt deny the social and political turmoil were living through.
I was falling pretty hard in love when we started the record, explains frontman and lyricist Matthew Angus. But the rest of the world went mad. This bizarre election in the United States started up just as everybodys obsession with social media hit some kind of peak, and suddenly everyone was talking about America. It started seeping into the songwriting, and now Im not even sure what came first. Are they love songs about politics or political songs about love?
But Angus insists that American Love, produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Wintersleep, Whitehorse) is not a traditional protest record. Rather, its a series of reflections by a non-American songwriter living so close to the border, hyper-aware of the United States and its influence on his own country. This duality is reinforced by geography itself, as the songs on American Love were recorded over two years alternating between Brooklyn and Toronto. Its also fitting that work on the album began around the same time the U.S. election campaign launched, with the final song finished almost two years later, on election day.
I dont feel like these songs are set in just one country. Borders are blurring," Angus says. "What does it mean to be Canadian, or American, or Chinese, or British? Weve all got Twitter, we can all stream the BBC, but does that mean were becoming the same? There was this international identity crisis happening in both countries, and I found myself caught in the middle of it while trying to write a bunch of love songs.
American Love serves as a follow-up to Fast Romantics 2013 LP, Afterlife Blues, bringing together the most lyrical songs Angus has ever composed. The group, originally founded in 2008 in Calgary, lost most of its members around the time they were set to record their breakthrough single, Julia", in 2014. Founders Angus and Jeffrey Lewis were forced to rebuild the band from scratch. But this didnt slow down the group or the success of the single and Fast Romantics took home the prestigious 2016 SOCAN National Songwriting Prize for the track. This can be added to an ever-growing list of accolades for the band, which took home the prize for Pop Group of the Year at the Sirius XM Indies in 2014, and has been climbing the charts on commercial radio.
Always drawn to the contrasting dynamic of a female vocalist in the mix, Angus started the band's rebuild by recruiting Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kirty. Since joining the band, Kirty has become an integral force in Fast Romantics, serving as a creative support for Angus and bringing her own wealth of experience to the fold. She has a brilliant sense of songwriting. We started playing together, and the connection was immediate. I said, OK, Im going to need you in my band, Angus recalls. She balances me out. Whenever I get too loud, she reminds me that quiet can be more powerful. Whenever I write something trite or obvious, shell send me some snippet of a Paul Simon song and inspire me to dig deeper.
Rebuilding a band is no easy feat, but every other new memberKevin Black, Nick McKinlay and Lisa Lorenzfell into place in a similarly organic way, by pulling threads around the Toronto music scene. And while it was tempting to rush right into a new album, Angus wanted the group to take their time and let the lineup stick.
It was a back-to-the-drawing-board moment, building up a brand-new band, practicing, touring," he explains. "The songs evolved, and then they evolved again. We all lived through this election cycle side by side in the van, driving around North America. What started as a disparate bunch of personalities and tastes has turned into a genuine friendship, something that feels like a home.
Fittingly, the results are a culmination of words and sounds about what it might mean to loveor be lovedin the new status quo. What it means to fight for something that feels true, and what it might be like to find a home.
The first single from American Love the anthemic Why We Fight was released on January 27, 2017, with the album set to be released in April 2017 through Light Organ Records, in partnership with Postwar Records.
OuterEdge Stage (View)
303 N Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54911
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|