Published Aug 30, 2013Fast Romantics released their self-titled debut album in 2009 and followed it up with the Kidcutter EP in 2010, so it's been a few years since they dropped a new full-length collection. That will soon change, since the band have shared a clip from their impending sophomore album and mapped out a North American fall tour.
The new album is titled Afterlife Blues and is out on October 8 through Pipe & Hat. It was produced by returning studio collaborator Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, Tegan and Sara). It's also currently available to pre-order via a PledgeMusic campaign, with options including CDs, vinyl and various unique merch items.
As for the video, it sticks to the morbid theme implied by the title of Afterlife Blues. The clip is for "Funeral Song" and it takes place at — you guessed it — a funeral. Fast Romantics give an energetic run-through of the soaring pop-rock tune in a grand-looking cathedral, and the performance prompts one kid to undercut the solemn mood by dancing at the front of the room.
"I'm really not sure how the hell this video even got made, really," singer Matthew Angus said in a statement. "We knew we needed one, so I remember approaching our friend Rick about directing it, and he put together this crack team of geniuses. And then there were about three weeks of total blur... just warbled memories of several sacrilegious things happening in a 150 year old church, and I wake up one morning and we have this quirky little film. We owe our friends so much for helping our broke-ass band make something this special."
Scroll past the band's tour schedule to watch it. The itinerary includes a heap of Canadian and U.S. shows in October and November.
10/11 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10/12 Montreal, QC - M-Montreal Hostel
10/15 Winnipeg, MB - Le Garage
10/16 Regina, SK - The German Club
10/17 Edmonton, AB - The Artery
10/18 Calgary, AB - Broken City
10/24 Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
10/25 Vancouver, BC - The Railway Club
10/27 Seattle, WA - High Dive
10/30 San Francisco, CA - The Hotel Utah
11/02 San Diego, CA - The Tin Can
11/06 Austin, TX - Red7
11/08 Nashville, TN - Secret House Party
11/12 Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
11/13 Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge
11/14 Philadelphia, PA - The Arts Garage
11/15 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
11/19 Boston, MA - Middle East
11/20 Moncton, NB - Plan B
11/22 Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar
11/23 Quebec City, QC - Scanner Bistro
11/29 Montreal, QC - Quai Des Brumes