10th Annual Pop/Rock Song Nominee
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Fast Romantics formed in Calgary, Canada. It was in the heat of an indie-rock dance party. It was really late at night and there may have been whiskey or beer involved, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that they all decided to make music together, and thank goodness they did.
They’ve played Virgin fest along with Flaming Lips and Stone Temple Pilots. Opened for other awesome bands like The Stills and the Von Bondies. Won radio contests, and toured Canada twice.
In 2009, they played a rock show in an Albertan farmer’s garage during a tornado. They were also flown to New York City by Spin Magazine and a fashion designer named John Varvatos, just to rock a giant sweaty concert at the former CBGB’s. And then there was that time that Jeremy Piven cut in and played drums with them. But it doesn’t really matter if they’re in a farmhouse, on a legendary New York stage, or jamming with Ari Gold. Fast Romantics just want to make people feel good.
This year, their music was in television shows like Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. They also worked with producer Howard Redekopp. He’s produced the New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, and Mother Mother. That’s the sort of name-dropping that means that he is super good at making music. Also, Mike Fraser has mixed everything they’ve done. He’s mixed bands like Franz Ferdinand, Elvis Costello, and Sam Roberts.
Fast Romantics mean business. In fact they just set up camp in Toronto just so they can drive around and play one thousand shows a year. The new EP will be released in Summer 2010, but until then, you can download a couple free tracks. Feel free to email the band here. Fast Romantics are now working on their sophomore LP, and currently doing several months of shows in the US and Canada, including a showcase at SXSW, in March/April 2011