Harmonica Dunn Presents:
Last Of The Wildmen
Fast Romantics, Harpooner
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
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Last Of The Wildmen
Folk infused rock augmented by appealing melodies, jolting electric guitars, dense harmonies, and visceral subject matter."
Last of the Wildmen is a community, it's a way of life, it's about every good thing left in this world, it's about friends coming together having a great time.
While Fast Romantics' earlier work prompted comparisons to Elvis Costello and Blur, Afterlife Bluescarves a bit of a different path right through the great cities of American music. From New Jersey to Detroit, and then cutting down through the heartland, they have somehow managed to combine all of these sounds without selling their distinctly Canadian souls.
Singer/songwriter Matthew Angus says that working with producer Howard Redekopp for a second time meant that they could really relax and just be themselves. Once they got going, it became clear that the ten songs on the new LP would come out a lot easier than on past recordings.
"We did a lot of soul searching over the last few years, and now it feels like we're nothing but soul," he laughs. "It's funny what can happen when you go through enough shit. I was taking stock one day and it suddenly hit me that I'd broken up with a lot of people and never bothered to write about it. It all flowed out from there."
When asked if that means that Afterlife Blues is a breakup album, Angus says not quite. "Well maybe on one level, yeah. There's that cycle of heartache and stumbling upon love, dying and then waking back up. I'm not trying to be all that clever anymore, lyrically a lot of it is dead simple. Like music from the early '60s, when you could just spill your guts, and people would thank you for it, and that would be that.
"It's not all heartbreak. You know, we like it loud, and I think it actually feels pretty playful and even euphoric at times. There's a good blend of blood, guts, and bliss. That's the sort of record we wanted to make."