Austin indie quartet New Roman Times is led by collaborator-husband/wife team Daniel Owens and Josie Fluri. Their new album, On The Sleeve (July 14,New Granada), is a follow-up to 2005’s International Affairs (Social Recordings). On The Sleeve is a dance/rock-tinged long-player with strong collection of driving indie rock with a flair for 80’s inspired dark-wave.
Few new-millennium acts seem to have gotten the balance of familiar ’80s-club emotional throb and original contemporary energy just right, but this Austin-by-way-of-Orlando quartet is one of ’em. Songs from the group’s upcoming full-length On The Sleeve sacrifice neither groove nor heft to their quest for resonant quality songcraft. There’s an earnestness to their tunes that defies the over-it, overly detached posturing of so much danceable rock, that pairs the cool with an engaging humanity. Also, of course, they kill it. Look for New Roman Times on tour this fall.
HERE’S WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NEW ROMAN TIMES:
“(On the Sleeve)… the soundtrack of doe-eyed nights of dark drama, heightened consequence and soaring romance.” – Orlando Weekly
“Spindly post-rock guitar lines and traded boy/girl vocals bounce atop a bed of dance-friendly beats as the earnest search for true love continues.” – Download.com