“Five Minutes With” Toronto Band Fast Romantics

Hailed as an ‘Artist to watch’ in 2017 (Google Play), Fast Romantics is comprised of Matthew Angus (vocals, guitar), Jeffrey Lewis (bass), Kirty (vocals, acoustic guitar, synth), Kevin Black (guitars), Lisa Lorenz (keyboards) and Nick McKinlay (drums). Since forming in 2009, the band has released two full-length LPs and one EP. Known for their incredible live shows and songwriting prowess, Fast Romantics have received many accolades, including ‘Pop Group of the Year’ at the Sirius XM Indies (2014) and the prestigious Canadian ‘SOCAN National Songwriting Prize’ for their song “Julia” in 2016. The band has had 4 Top 30 radio singles and has over 2.3 million Spotify streams.

-Fast Romantics bio.

Fast Romantics - Photo by Jen Squires
Photo by Jen Squires

Name: Fast Romantics
Genre: Indie Rock/Alt Rock
Founded: 2012
# of Albums: 2 LPs
Latest Release: Our latest single “Mexico (Nov. 2018)

Latest Single:


Latest Video:

Favourite Restaurant:

Le Paradis: I’m a big fan of French cuisine and this place does it perfectly. – Kevin

Favourite band as a teenager:

“Oasis. There was no one else.” -Matt

Favourite band now:

U.S. Girls. The way that singer Meghan Remy blends cathartic personal statements with stories that are socially and politically necessary is masterful. And the guitar solo in the song “Velvet 4 Sale” is absolutely insane. – Kevin

Guilty Pleasure Song:

“Without Me by Eminem” – Jeff

Live Show Ritual:

“Sometimes tequila, sometimes tea. Crab-walkin’. Laughing with and at bandmates.” – Lisa

Favourite local artist:

“Visual Artist: Anna May Henry, Music Artist/Band: Highest Order” – Nick

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

“NNNNACHOES. Because the heart wants what the heart wants.” – Kirty

Queen or College St?

“Queen street hands down from Parkdale to the Horseshoe…I’m not that into college street since one of my day jobs is on college ha” – Jeff

Trinity Bellwoods or Highpark, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

“Definitely High Park on a weekday!” & “Riverdale – although I don’t get over to the east side as often as I could!”– Lisa

EP or LP?

“NP” -Matt

Early bird or night owl?

“Night Owl – Nick”

Road or studio?

“I love both, but I love being on the road more.” – Kirty

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

“Heart says Roti. Blood says Swiss Chalet.” – Matt

Where can we follow you?

Insta: @fastromantics

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fastromantics

Twitter: @fastromantics

Any shows or albums coming up?

We’re in the middle of making our next album which will be coming out next year, and we have a bunch of shows this month which you can check out on our website including our only Toronto show this year on Nov. 23rd @ the Horseshoe Tavern! Also, check out our new single “Mexico” which can be streamed everywhere!!! – Kirty



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