Toronto-based indie rockers Fast Romantics have returned with a new track “Everybody’s Trying To Steal Your Heart“. All Things Go premiered the track saying, “With energy levels of anthemic chants, this six-piece cover all the bases of classic songwriting and infectious tunes.” The song is from their highly anticipated forthcoming new LP American Love, out April 28th via Light Organ/Postwar Records.
In support of the release, the band will be hitting the road for a number of tour dates throughout Canada. You can find dates below and stay tuned for US tour dates to be announced soon. The album is currently available for pre-orders here. Pre-orders will instantly receive tracks “Why We Fight” and “Julia” with digital album pre-orders.
Upcoming Tour Dates
03.31.17 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
04.01.17 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
04.04.17 – London, ON @ Rum Runners – London Music Hall Complex *
04.05.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre Theatre *
04.06.17 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
04.07.17 – Kitchener, ON @ Centre in the Square *
04.08.17 – Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog *
04.13.17 – Hamilton @ Mills Hardware
04.20.17 – Thunder Bay @ Crocks
04.28.17 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub *
04.29.17 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
05.03.17 – Kelowna @ The Habitat *
05.04.17 – Calgary @ Commonwealth *
05.05.17 – Edmonton @ Starlite Room *
05.06.17 – Saskatoon @ Cosmopolitan Seniors Centre *
05.07.17 – Winnipeg @ Park Theatre *
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Produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Wintersleep, Hollerado), American Love is the follow-up record to Fast Romantic’s 2013 release, Afterlife Blues. Written and recorded over two years, alternating between Toronto and Brooklyn, American Love is a nod to the type of cinematic storybook romance American pop culture has conditioned us to search for, but also explores the realities at play off the silver screen that can wreak havoc on burgeoning love. We live in a time of political and social turmoil, and the twelve songs on American Love don’t deny this, each one marked by poignant references of the time and place in which they were conceived.
“I was falling pretty hard in love when we started the record,” explains frontman and lyricist Matthew Angus. “But the songs ended up being paintings of what it felt like to fall in love while the rest of the world went mad. The American election went bizarre and took over the Canadian one, everybody’s obsession with social media hit some kind of peak, and suddenly everyone — everywhere — was talking about America. Smartphones were going off like bombs everywhere I went. It started seeping into the songwriting, and now I’m not even sure how to describe it. Is it a collection of love songs about politics or is it a collection of political songs about love?”
But Angus insists that American Love is by no means a political protest record. Rather, it’s a series of reflections by a non-American songwriter living so close to the border, hyper-aware of America and its influence on Canada and the people around him.
“I’ve always had some kind of love affair or fascination with America. I think a lot of Canadians feel a push or a pull about our southern neighbours,” Angus says. “But the songs aren’t even really about one country, they’re more about borders. So many borders are blurring. What does it mean to be Canadian, or American, or Chinese, or British? We’ve all got Twitter, we’ve all got the BBC, we all fall in love, but that doesn’t mean we’re the same. Or does it?”