Continuing our awesome Tuesday, next-up we’re introduced to Toronto-based 6-piece band Fast Romantics, composed of Matthew Angus, Kirty, Jeffrey Lewis, Kevin Black, Nick McKinlay and Lisa Lorenz. This spring the band is gearing up to release their forthcoming LP the follow-up to 2013’s Afterlife Blues, The LP features their newest single “Why We Fight,” released last month.
Anthemic in the truest sense, “Why We Fight” rushes with an energy akin to early music from fellow Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire, but with lashings of raw Bruce Springsteen-esque fire. It’s perhaps of no surprise, given the Springsteen comparison, that “Why We Fight” was born at a time of political turmoil, written as the US election campaign was underway.
However, “Why We Fight” is not a protest song, in the traditional sense. It is perhaps best described as the reflections of a non-American songwriter living close to the border, hyper-aware of the US and its influence over Canada and the world. It’s a song about being hungry for something, and fighting for it through chaos that can be beyond our control.
Fast Romantics songwriter, singer and guitarist Matthew Angus explains: ‘Why We Fight’ started out as a song about myself, about what it is that drives me to even be in a band in the first place. But it quickly evolved into an ode to anyone who finds themselves hungry for something that might seem out of reach.”
Stream their latest single below.