The Dark Romantics is a Florida based quintet that features Eric Collins and Dean Paul, ex-members of Denison Marrs, The John Ralston Band, and The Party People. Collins and Paul are backed by three beautiful and remarkably talented ladies: Carla Jones on drums (Collinsâ€™s wife), Amanda Jones on keys (Jonesâ€™s sister and Paulâ€™s wife), and Stephanie Solomon on drums (the girlsâ€™ best friend). Working within such a tight-knit group of players, itâ€™s no wonder Collins and Paul showcase some of their most powerful and hard-hitting material to date.
â€œHush Your Mouthâ€ (MP3) and â€œHeartbreaker,â€ (MP3) two new singles from their sophomore effort Heartbreaker, are now available for download. Muruch described The Dark Romantics as â€œa mix of The Killers retro-influenced synth pop and Radiohead melancholia, with a hint of the catchier side of Siouxsie & The Bansheesâ€ and Creative Loafing described the single â€œHeartbreakerâ€ as â€œa noir-ish number with fascinating, fractured guitar work, echo-y drums and dreamy strings that wrap around singer Eric Collinsâ€™ hazy, Thom Yorke-esque croon.â€ As is true of past records, there’s no shortage of superlative song-writing here. Songs like â€œLove and Painâ€ and â€œLet’s Rideâ€ (MP3) are epic, but accessible, driving their way into your head by way of tasteful rock hooks not heard in the mainstream since Radioheadâ€™s OK Computer.
Loving the road as much as The Raven, The Dark Romantics has been assembling its ever-growing fan base by sharing bills with The Mooney Suzuki, Murder By Death, and John Ralston. The Dark Romantics new album Heartbreaker is available now via the new tastemaker indie-rock label Lujo Records (Pomegranates, Look Mexico).