Who said glam rock was dead? If Gene Dante and The Future Starlets are evidence of the state of glam rock then it is obvious that it is alive and doing very well for itself. Their latest release entitled The Romantic Lead shows off just how they are as much of a throw-back to an older genre as they are innovators in music.
The album starts off the David Bowie-esque “A Madness To His Method”, which steadily makes it’s way through a heartbeat-like drum loop into an air-y calling of “I am gorgeous / I am without disease”. The opening track melds the grandeur of glam while still staying within the structure of rock and roll music.
The album’s grand elements don’t stop there though, songs like “Brian, My Darling” has such strong broadway delivery you’d think you were visiting the great white way. While “The Dreamers” dances around just as well as any power ballad a pop-star of yesteryear could devise.
While some songs have a punk-y flair to them (see: “Purity Of Intent”), others flaunt a charming radio-ready pop charm that make them prime for the billboard (see: “C Star”). Most of all, just as the title implies, each song carries with it a very sexual and romantic sound. Whether it be found in the delivery of the tunes, or the light and fun riffs found throughout, it’s obvious that Gene Dante and The Future Starlets have no problem taking the first step in a relationship.
The Romantic Lead works just as well as an homage to a genre past as it does in creating a new fan base for a genre revitalized. Perhaps it is about time glam comes back to the fore-front, and with charming, catchy tunes that deserve to be blared from every car along the interstate in the dead of summer, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets might find themselves right at the front of the rush.