Gene Dante

The Romantic Lead

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That Gene Dante is certainly a bit of a renaissance man. Getting his start as an actor (he has appeared in productions of Rocky Horror, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Beauty and the Beast), Dante is also a songwriter and singer, as evidenced by his 2009 release, Romantic Lead, credited to Gene Dante & the Future Starlets. Despite his theatrical background, Romantic Lead is not exactly as bombastic as say, early Queen. Musically, the guitars sound Strokes-like at times ("Purity of Intent," "Photosynthetic"), and while songtitles like "Brian, My Darling" would suggest Bowie-isms, Dante's voice sounds comparable at times to Queensr├┐che's Geoff Tate (without all the unbearable opera singer on steroids shrieking), especially on the album opening "A Madness to His Method." With Romantic Lead, Gene Dante may have come up with a new style: streamlined theatrical rock.

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