How do you protest against protest songs? Fast Romantics have the answer!
Whenever I see a six piece band I always think “If this was a 5-a-side team, who would be the sub?” and just like clockwork I get this thought when I see a picture of Canada’s Fast Romantics. This sextet is made up of Matthew Angus, lead singer, guitar, Jeffrey Lewis, bass, Kirty, vocals, acoustic guitar, synth, Kevin Black, guitars, Lisa Lorenz, keyboards and Nick McKinlay, drums.
After releasing their debut album, Afterlife Blues, in 2013, Fast Romantics gigged and recorded, then in 2015 they unveiled The Julia EP, another dose of retro fuelled rock majesty. Now they’ve returned with their new single Why We Fight. If you can imagine Arcade Fire covering Bruce Springsteen then you’re on the right lines. And just like the Boss Why We Fight is big, loud, proud and incredibly catchy.
Why We Fight feels like someone shouting into a well of torpidity and apathy rather than being aggressive, abrasive and mordant, as the title suggest. Fast Romances’ singer songwriter and guitarist Matthew Angus explains: “’Why We Fight started out as a song about myself, about what it is that drives me to even be in a band in the first place. But it quickly evolved into an ode to anyone who finds themselves hungry for something that might seem out of reach.” This feels like the battle cry we are in the need for, during these transient political times.
Why We Fight is released on 27 January through Light Organ/Postwar Records