Fast Romantics

Modern Merchant

Satellite Mode

Fri, March 11, 2016

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics are a Toronto-based band first formed in Calgary by Matthew Angus and Jeffrey Lewis. The son of a piano teacher, Angus drifted in the margins of the Calgary music scene before forming the band with Lewis in 2008. Following some early independent releases the band began work on their first LP, Afterlife Blues (2013), shortly after moving to Toronto, with producer Howard Redekopp (New Pornographers, Teagan & Sara). The album was in some sense a process of discovery for the band, as they grew into their sound, encompassing new influences as Angus began to refine his songwriting. The album’s first single, “Funeral Song,” was an early culmination of this process, and rapidly garnered an audience via heavy radio play, propelling the band into a year of consistent touring highlighted by prominent slots at Virgin Fest, SXSW and CMJ.
Despite this early success the band found themselves at a crossroads as they considered their next step, and Angus began to question the band’s direction. “There was a disconnect,” says Angus, “we’d go out and make loud party music but that wasn’t what I was listening to when I got home, so there was a disparity and I wanted to figure it out.” To this end Angus began considering bringing another songwriter into the project and contacted Kirty, who at the time was focused on her own music. “Kirty was one of the first people I wrote to because I was just captivated by what she was doing,” he says, “it’s the first time I’ve ever had another songwriter in the band. I’m still writing these songs but Kirty is the counterweight to the whole thing and she’s going to call bullshit on me. She will tell me when things ring false, when the songs don’t reflect me, and I think now the songs are coming from a more genuine place.”
This new approached yielded “Julia,” a track produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F (Michael Rault, Hollerado, Whitehorse) that attracted the attention of NPR, KEXP and the CBC, among others, with Angus’ deft pop songwriting drawing comparisons to Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Bruce Springsteen.
The band’s new single, “Animal,” is the product of the same collaboration and sees the band reunite with Gus Van Go and Werner F as producers. Exploring Cartesian themes, the song is, for Angus, a continuation of the “rebirth” of Fast Romantics and very much a product of his relationship with Kirty. “We were out one night and there was some awful narrative to the night with some guy we both knew acting horribly, and it got us talking about base instincts and how certain people act on them while others resist. We actually ended up having a huge argument about it and I woke up the next morning with the song in my head.” The band recently completed a full length with Van Go and Werner F to be released in the Summer of 2016.
Modern Merchant
Modern Merchant is the musical project of John Parson (vocals/guitar), Jesse Stanford (vocals/guitar), and Sydney Weiss (vocals/drums). Parson and Weiss established the band after meeting in Brooklyn, later bringing on Stanford, whose friendship with Parson can be traced back to rural Connecticut. Both now contribute as songwriters and their unique and powerful partnership is in many ways the guts of Modern Merchant. Weiss is very much the brains; her percussive style pulls from the influences of jazz, rock, funk, and the avant garde.

Together they create a songs that are equal parts anthemic, dreamy, and layered – embracing elements of indie rock, psychedelia, dream pop, and electro. Their 4 song EP, Virtues, will be released on August 28.

The Wild Honey Pie – “The vast soundscapes move and twist around, undulating and shifting constantly. Their absolutely lovely and mesmerizing track “Bucolic” illustrates their penchant for movement in the best way.”
Impose Magazine – “[Bucolic] stirs a sense of worlds that could only exist by the physical earthy sciences of sound.”
CMJ – “Amongst the bucolic, indie-to-epic sprawl of this ethereal swirl are some sharded beats, guitar warbles that fade away and crawl back… finding its hopeful footing again.”
Satellite Mode
Satellite Mode was born out of a need for personal escape and solace. It is a journey for direction, a search for the proverbial North on the musical compass, fueled by tragedy, loss and heartbreak. The music paints a landscape rife with stirring melody and polyrhythmic fury. Steeped in rich musical tradition, the lyrics speak of both matter and anti-matter, weaving a stark romance between love and the absence thereof.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/