Gene Dante thinks it’s ‘High Time’ you leave
Out August 13, the second single from Dante’s forthcoming album ‘DL/UX’ puts self-seeking narcissists on notice
Photo Credit: The Secret Bureau of Art & Design
BOSTON, MA [August 13, 2021] -- A gentleman never overstays his welcome. And he also knows when it’s time for someone else to hit the road -- figuratively and literally. That’s at the core of “High Time,” the cruising new single from glam-rock aesthete Gene Dante, set for release via H1 Massive on Friday, August 13. It’s the latest sonic seducer from Dante’s forthcoming October album DL/UX, and follows last month’s rousing ripper of a post-pandemic anthem, “She’s Outside.”
“Along my path, I’ve had a few people attach themselves to me under the premise of ‘helping,’” Dante says. “This ‘help’ turned out to be an attempt at subversion and control: positioning themselves between me and the rest of the world, leveraging their relationship with me to further their own aspirations. ‘High Time’ is about the moment you give this person the keys to the street.”
“High Time” is also guitar-pop euphoria coated in Dante’s signature style of modern glam and powderkeg rock and roll, a sexual exhale of cool that propels forward like a run in your favorite stocking at 3 a.m.. Dante boasted an air of “satisfaction and vindication” upon nailing “High Time’s” final studio take, bringing to life a song that began with a simple sample unearthed at the desk of producer John Eye’s Beach House Studios in Massachusetts.
“It all started during our mixing of a demo,” Dante admits. “John Eye was looping a random section of another of my songs. The loop became its own catchy groove, so I recorded a few seconds of it with my phone and ran off and fleshed it out to an entire song. As I wrote, I felt the ghost of the late, great Tom Petty over my shoulder. I’ve no idea if anyone will hear his influence in the song, but I do. John’s stellar production elevated the band's tight AF performance.”
While “High Time” is a kiss-off for those who seek to suppress and oppress, it’s also a reflection for life in 2021, where the naysayers have platforms and the haters are celebrated. It’s a tough time to walk a straight line, and an even tougher time to keep an eye on the prize. But Dante channeled his glam-bam-alternative-ma’am upbringing into creating an infectious and delectable capital-J jam that gives the term “earworm” a stylized makeover. “High Time” is an aural cocktail doused in a glittery display of perseverance and self-reservation.
“It reinforces the idea that you can creatively mine the simplest idea or negative chapter,” Dante says. “I took miserable experiences and channelled them into something empowering and beautiful; a straw-into-gold moment.”
It also continues to set a tone for DL/UX, perhaps Dante’s most ambitious and rambunctious album to date. It’s a high-energy rock and roll joyride that connects the gutters to the galleries, the midnights to the noons, and the glory days to the gory days all through the sharpened lens of one of New England’s most gifted songwriters, storytellers, and showmen. It’s an album shaped by the life he lives and the lessons that unfold along the way, with the revolving cast of characters that come in and out of our shadowy escapades.
“The journey and challenges don’t change you, they reveal you,” Dante cautions. “They also reveal everyone around you. As you move forward, onward, and upward, for various reasons, people leave your life. There are times when it’s your own fault, and I will continually own, beat myself up over, and write about it. An equal amount of times it’s on others, and you can’t be afraid to call that out. This is a recurring theme on DL/UX.”
Come on in and find out. But don’t get in the way of Gene Dante.
Gene Dante & The Future Starlets are:
Gene Dante: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jim Collins: Bass, Harmony Vocals
Scott Patalano: Guitar
Tamora Gooding: Drums
Erik Andersen: Guitar, Keys, Harmony Vocals
‘High Time’ single artwork:
Art Credit: The Secret Bureau of Art & Design
‘High Time’ production credits:
All songs recorded, engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by John Eye at Beach House Studios, except where some drums were recorded at Barefoot Studios or The Record Co.
Assistant Engineers: Chris Lynch, Bradley Robertson, Taylor Barefoot, Alison Ma, Charlie Ji.
Gene Dante’s July single ‘She’s Outside’ has been featured on:
The Underground Garage on SiriusXM, Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood, Bay State Rock, Bumblebee Radio, WZBC’s Fuzzed Out, Blood Makes Noise, Christian’s Cosmic Corner on Mark Skin Radio, Worcester Magazine, Drop The Spotlight, Radio Candy Indie Show, Your First Listen on KNNZ Fargo, Everything You Know Is Wrong on Salem State Radio, Rising With Skybar on WMFO Tufts University, Lonely Oak Radio, Ricky’s Daily Bangers, Tinnitist, Volatile Weekly, and other fine radio stations, blogs, and programs.
Media praise for Gene Dante:
“[‘She’s Outside’ is] a gothy Brit-rock dance tune with driving synth and excited screams... a fun, energetic track.” _Blood Makes Noise
“This is a beauty.” _Bay State Rock
“Boston's favorite glam dynamo.” _Boston Phoenix
“With ‘She’s Outside,’ Gene Dante and the Future Starlets delivers a blistering, unrepentant rocker of a song. It's driven by wildfire guitars... a thick wall of sound that you can hear revving in the song;’s first few notes, and which then soars at a breakneck pace until the song's tire-squeal conclusion.” _Worcester Magazine
“When sex gets drunk, sex calls up Gene Dante. If you maintain eye contact with Gene Dante for longer than 15 seconds, you will become pregnant. Period. If Gene Dante’s erection persists for longer than four hours, that’s called a Tuesday. Gene Dante has been known to sweat entire olives. Gene Dante doesn’t apply eyeshadow to his eyes—he applies eyes to his shadow.” _DigBoston
“Dante is an anomaly in Boston's music scene: an artist who has refused to pigeonhole his talents. Yes, he's a singer -- and quite a good one, with a laconic croon reminiscent of Bryan Ferry and Lou Reed -- who fronts a glam-rock band called Gene Dante & The Future Starlets. And yes, he's an actor, but he's never defined himself strictly as one or the other.” _Boston Globe
“In concert, Gene Dante is the Chiseled White Duke. Leading his Future Starlets, Dante mixes Bowie's makeup, Iggy Pop's shirtless-ness, and Freddie Mercury's theatrics into a glammy groove.” _Boston Herald
“The band is capable of creating a lush sound and a theatric presence, but sometimes, nothing hits home like a blast of good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.” _Worcester Magazine