Jane's Party celebrates EP release at The Shoe with The Fast Romantics!
Jane’s Party have recently released their newest EP, Jane’s Party EP, so it was time to celebrate with a show at The Shoe. As promo for the show they put word out that if you tweeted the event, you got yourself a spot on the guest list. Genius idea if you ask me, it may have attributed to the large crowd – not to sell the popularity of bands short of course!
In the past, The Fast Romantics have opened for a few of my favourite bands, so I was excited to see what they were all about. These peeps definitely did not disappoint. I’m a sucker for the proper manipulation of fearlessly falling into flats and/or sharps when the moment is just right. Combine that with a danceable beat reminiscent of the early 90′s pop-rock stylings we all have a guilty little place for and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. Each member was engaging to watch in their own way, particularly the beautiful and captivating, Laurna Germscheid on keys. Don’t get the wrong idea, I love me some dude, but I wouldn’t kick this talented little thing out of bed. The band’s entire aesthetic was a pleasure to watch, it was such a fun time. The only thing that was slightly off-putting was lead singer, Matthew Angus’s, early banter. Calling an audience “Motherfuckers” is kind of a turn off for me; granted that it is a lot more disappointing when the crowd actually does cheer. Regardless, the band was so in tune with each other that they created a positive energy that made their abrupt ending just that much more unwelcome.
I’ve been lucky enough to catch Jane’s Party at NXNE in the summer and was hooked to their tunes ever since. Every member of this band is extremely talented; playing musical chairs with their instruments throughout the whole set (or dare I say ‘musical instruments’? Eh? Eh? Punny.) The floor was crowded almost immediately. It was nice to see a local band get so much support out at such a notable venue. The set was a good mix of the new tunes and ones that were a little more familiar. Having released ‘Alone Together’ as a single a while back gave the crowd a familiar tune to anticipate. Constantly switching up the leads kept the audience on their toes and engaged; also speaks volumes of the band’s overall ensemble approach; going against the usual formula of leader/follower. A clear, and concise level of confidence radiated off each member, I don’t care who you are, if you were in that audience you had to have swooned at least once while these dudes did their thing. Showmanship can easily be overlooked if your tunes are great, but that’s definitely not the case with Jane’s Party. They work hard to put on a show that is appealing, but have an aura about them that makes it come off as a second nature.
Jane’s Party EP review coming up next!