The Dark Romantics

The Dark RomanticsIn 19th century the name Dark Romantics referred to a literary sub-genre spearheaded by Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori, i.e., authors defined by a pessimistic view of the natural world as a place that is dark, decaying, and mysterious. These days we know The Dark Romantics as the brainchild of indie rock mavens Eric Collins and Dean Paul Lorenz who enlisted their wives, sisters Carla and Amanda Jones, and drummer Fifi Salomon to round out the band.

Their critically acclaimed debut record Some Midnight Kissin’ was released in 2006 and drew comparisons to Interpol among others, but instead of resting on their laurels the band perfected their rollicking guitar-dance-rock sound and returned to the studio to record their sophomore full-length Heartbreaker. Building on themes of love, pain, and heartbreak, the album boasts a bombastic combination of brooding vocals, eclectic instrumentation, and engaging string sections that will appeal to fans of The Killers, The Strokes, and Franz Ferdinand.

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