Sometimes described as a “truck stop Roxy Music,” Gene Dante and The Future Starlets play original rock & roll, undeniably influenced by early to mid ‘70s Bowie/Iggy Pop/Lou Reed and ‘80s British ‘art rock’ bands. In lieu of a new album, The Starlets are focusing on releasing singles. They are putting the final touches on the video for "We Are All Whores" - a comment on artists, relationships, and integrity wrapped in a Joan Jett-inspired rock song. The 'Safe Space Mix' of "Girl on a Unicycle" was featured on the 2014 Keep Safe Boston compilation to benefit Planned Parenthood. The new single "Hand Me Your Razors" was recently released and will also receive video treatment. The full band mix of "Girl on a Unicycle" will be released soon.
Branching out, Gene and The Starlets appeared as the title role in the critically acclaimed 2011 New England Tour of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. The Starlets went on to be featured in the 2012 production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at American Repertory Theater's Oberon (as the band, with Gene playing the role of Brad Majors). For his performance, Gene was nominated for a 2012 Elliot Norton Award (Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor). He was also nominated for a 2014 Boston Music Award (Best Male Vocalist).
Their 2009 album 'The Romantic Lead' - produced by Peter Lubin - spawned videos for "C Star" and "A Madness to his Method" were directed by Michael Pope. The latter enjoyed rotation on LOGO network's "NewNowNext" and is also on MTV's UK and Asia websites.
The Future Starlets are: Gene Dante (vocals, occasional guitar & keys), Tamora Gooding (drums), Jim Collins (bass), Scott Patalano, (lead guitar, also in Mistle Thrush), and Erik Andersen (rhythm guitar & keys).