Once upon a time Attack In Black played at the Groove Lounge in Oshawa and I chatted with the band after their gig and they said they loved East Coast bands like Sloan and Thrush Hermit and Eric's Trip and I said hey Julie Doiron is at the Velvet Elvis tonight we should go and meet her, hook y'all up and I gave them directions but I don't recall them showing up but at some point they all did meet up and the video above is one of the many results from their collaborations, Fred Squires, Julie Doiron and AIB's Dan Romano playing together, from a record they made together.
The video is hosted on the Colin Medley's new project YCTV, a holding house for You've Changed Records stable of artists and videos. Romano also begat You've Changed Records with Steve Lambke of the Constantines. They are touring. They played The Mod Club in Toronto Nov. 11.
Romano's new album is a doozy of a record, he calls his music mosey and the album does mosey on but the sound is fat and full, full and far from the twangy thinness of old timey folk numbers. He uses all space available even filling between songs with lush Amercana orchestrations. His lonesome pining may be best suited to a house such as the Horseshoe Tavern or the Dakota but he brought the rock to the country and filled the space of the Mod Club just as he does on his album with much chunkier versions of his tracks, even adding a drum solo. Romano has a George Jones vibe with a Bob Dylan delivery but at the Mod he brought back the ghost of Handsome Ned and Stompin' Tom.
He may be moseying musically and metaphorically from bar to saloon to bar shedding tears into his beers but there's nothing sad about his tunes. Jason Gartshore of Americana Review reviews the album for SlowCity but I would add that Romano has created songs that swell with each listen and live they swell to fill every corner.