Romantics FAQ's

Mike Skill answers some frequently asked questions:

Would you rather 61/49 be a commercial success or an artistic success?
How has your 'sound' changed from the 80's music we know and love?
Will you be touring in support of the new album?
What is the sound of the new album?
What newer bands do you enjoy listening to?
How long did it take you to record the song 61/49?
Who are your musical influences?
Will there be a video shot for any song from the album?
How do you guys like working with Clem Burke from Blondie?
What has the band been doing in the long hiatus between the last studio album and 61/49?
How did you hook up with the Bass Brothers and Web Entertainment?
How did you hook up with The Dirtbombs and what work have you done with them?



Would you rather 61/49 be a commercial success or an artistic success?
If you can get commercial success by being real and true to your self then it is fine. Artistically we don’t try to control it, it is a really primal thing and if it is successful that is fine but if its not we will still do it. Music is a beautiful thing with it you can draw from anything.

How has your 'sound' changed from the 80's music we know and love?

We play better but we still have the same sense of simplicity and haven’t changed our attitude on how we come up with things. We still look to our roots and it comes out naturally. I think of Wayne Kramer, Fred Smith, Ron Asheton and George Harrison and think about what they would do in our situation. You don’t think about it when you are doing it.

Will you be touring in support of the new album?

Yes. In a few months

What is the sound of the new album?

The Sound is simple recording. We haven’t tried to control anything so it is how it is. There are no extra effects or overdubs. When you start overdubbing too much it softens everything up. Everything is simple and straight-ahead. It is so easy to go into a studio and start doing extra stuff.

What newer bands do you enjoy listening to?

The Dirtbombs and I still listen to old Seger, MC5, The White Stripes, Tom Waits, Les Mcannon and Eddie Harris. I flip flop all around to different times and different eras.

How long did it take you to record the song 61/49?

The music took a day or two to make sure it was right. And I put Wally into this amp and it sounded so much like Howlin Wolf. It took only two takes. The original vocal is the guide vocal. And he used an old mic used for a harmonica.

Who are your musical influences?

T Bone Walker, Wayne Kramer & Fred Smith of the MC5, and anything that I can draw from. I like great guitar parts and a nice melody. Anything that is primal and straight-ahead. Early Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and English Blues guys as well.


Will there be a video shot for any song from the album?
I am not sure right now. We have talked to some people that want to be in it but who knows.


How do you guys like working with Clem Burke from Blondie?

It is really easy and he is really prepared. He knows what to expect in the studio. After you do it a while it is pretty simple and there is no mystery about it when you are doing something that is rock n roll. There shouldn’t be anything in the way.

What has the band been doing in the long hiatus between the last studio album and 61/49?

We had a lawsuit that ended in our favor, which lasted 7 years. We were still playing to pay some bills but we tried to not just play anywhere. We did a lot of writing as well.


How did you hook up with the Bass Brothers and Web Entertainment?

I have known Joel Martin who is their advisor for a long time and have known Mark Bass since the 80’s. They are just friends who like running around the city doin what we like to do which is music.

How did you hook up with The Dirtbombs and what work have you done with them?

We wanted to do something we never did before. Two or three groups came to mind and they were one. We called Mick and said we wanted to do a song and they were into the idea. We picked one of their most popular songs and covered it and did it really well. We didn’t want to try to outdo their version but wanted to make it more bluesy muddy water type song. We used a slide guitar and it is Cant Stop Thinking About It.




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