It Was Romance began as the solo project of Lane Moore during a period when she was spending entirely too much time in police office waiting rooms, and being told by therapists that she’d been through too much and no one could help her. She started using found and collected instruments, including an electric ukulele with a distortion pedal that she plays like an electric guitar, and her own voice as her form of dealing with things that were deemed too intense even for professionals.
After her music began garnering serious attention from UK radio stations that began putting her songs on rotation, and internet fans urging her to play shows live, she decided that while she could play as a one man band, she’d rather find a backing band who could help her fully realize the songs as big and bold as she’d heard them in her head. Years later, she found those people, adding Alejandro Triana on guitar, Angel Lozada on Drums, and Jeff Connors on bass.
It Was Romance’s self-titled debut full-length, was recorded and engineered by Eric Gorman at Vacation Island Studios, which looks like a place an eccentric woodsman would live.
It Was Romance was released on May 5, 2015. Pitchfork named the self-titled debut album one of the records to watch this summer. BUST Magazine called them The Best Band of 2015. Village Voice premiered the first single, “Philadelphia,” calling the song “mysterious but undeniably attractive. It evokes feelings of loneliness with a danceable beat, not unlike a somber nighttime walk home on wet roads, with colorful, joyous city lights reflecting like a black mirror” and praising the album for its “glittering instrumental aspect and Moore’s velvety vocal delivery make the rest of “It Was Romance” saunter around like the life of the party, occasionally winking just to make sure you’re hooked.” The Advocate called the band “one to watch this summer,” calling their first music video for “Philadelphi”a “awesomely creative.” BuzzFeed named their first single Philadelphia on their Songs You Need In Your Life This Month list.
June 13, 2015
8pm, Rough Trade, Northside Festival
July 2, 2015
8pm Cake Shop
July 28, 2015
9pm Cameo Gallery
August 5, 2015
9pm Mercury Lounge (tickets here)
August 26, 2015
9pm, Arlene’s Grocery
August 30, 2015
7pm, Headlining Music Festival, 89 North Music Venue, Long Island
September 11, 2015
November 6, 2015
TBA, The Rock Shop
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