There is nothing better than music born from friendship. It sweetens melodies and injects a bit of heart into every note. And for indie rockers Sweet Fantastic, music is a vessel to pour out your hopes and dreams. The band look set to unleash their signature rock and roll roll into the world on their debut single “Breaking Up.”
Starring Chris Taylor (Love Coma, Solo) in San Antonio, TX and Kevin Bianchi (Vanishing Shore) in Cleveland, OH, this project has been fueled by their commitment to making indie rock that reflects the landscape of human experience. Their collaboration combines two visions of the world in shared musical moments. “Breaking Up” is just the first song to be released from this meeting of two songwriters and soundscapers, and today we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive premiere of the track on Slide.
For a debut single, this song sounds like it was made by artists who have been collaborating for years. With its swirling guitars and big punchy drums, “Breaking Up” is equal parts Sonic Youth and Beatles. It’s loud but organized, with every sound perfectly placed in the mix. For a song recorded in isolation via email and file exchange, this looks nothing like a cold digital representation of the song. It’s alive, almost as if the band were physically together.
With this as their debut single, it’s obvious that there are still great things to come from Sweet Fantastic. As the final notes of spatial piano and staccato fade into silence, I can’t help but want to hear more from this band. And luckily, they have a lot more music on the horizon!
Listen to the track and read our chat with the band below…
What was it like creating this song over a long distance? You really put a lot of life into it!
CT: As far as writing with Kevin over a long distance, he made it easy for me. I used to do the heavy lifting, the songwriting, the lyrics, leading a band, the solo stuff… Kevin would send me bits of musical ideas that would trigger instant lyrical melodies in my mind . Sometimes he would send a draft of a lyric or melody and I would twist it into my own vocal shapes and styles. It was like a rapid fire. We both work quite quickly when we have time to immerse ourselves in our creative process.
How did you two meet?
CT: I could tell you how we met in the sewers of rural Illinois. He worked for the US Marshals and I was a fugitive trying to solve a case and escape the law. Or I could tell you how we toured together as an acoustic folk duo that changed names before playing in each new city. Open the guitar case and play for spare change to realize we were destined for rock and roll glory. Or maybe we’ve been stalking each other on social media for years. Mutual Appreciation Society. After a while it was instinct that brought us together creatively… I knew I would be the drop of acid from his big rock song structures. He knew there was more to my voice than the Lou Reed or Bob Dylan approach. It brought out my great voice.
Are there any other songs that came out of the “Breaking Up” sessions?
CT: There we are, a handful of songs recorded in the blink of an eye, flashing from one inbox to the next. Doesn’t sound as cool as being in the same room, but we were in the same headspace. For me, it’s great that Kevin is doing the music on this project. It frees me to be a singer and lyricist and I’m excited because the music he sends me is unlike anything I would write myself. It’s something new and fresh in my ears the moment I press play. So it’s inspiring and I run with it.
Talk about your relationship with St. Francis Records! How did you come into contact with them?
CT: Born in Italy around 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi was famous for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom.
His story continues from there but the important thing is that St. Francis Records carries his torch in 2022.
Where will listeners be able to find you in the coming months?
CT: In tears, alone and under the covers. When I’m up, I’m usually painting or recording new music. The best place to find me is on my Patreon page. Live shows are rare right now and in South Texas, who wants to play outdoor shows in 107° temperatures? ! I stay active and do my best to fight the chaos creatively.