Meet The Band: Gene Dante and The Future Starlets

Boston Herald

Kerry Purcell
June 27, 2008

The band: Gene Dante (voice, guitar), Jim Collins (bass), Scott Patalano (guitar), Tamora Gooding (drums, percussion)

The sound: A tribute to David Bowie

"I grew up on big rock like Motley Crue and Queen," Dante said. "When I started listening to Bowie at the end of high school, the lyrics were a lot more interesting than anything else I heard. And the diversity of music - it's like there was a ballad and it would morph into a show tune or something a little more jazzy."

The name: Dante says the Future Starlets' name embodies three things he feels passionate about: optimism, Hollywood and science fiction.

The history: The first version of Gene Dante and the Future Starlets came together in 2006, but the current lineup joined forces last year after Dante realized he wanted to share his original music instead of playing in a Brian Eno tribute band.

"I was always writing songs and I wanted to make my own music," Dante said. "I was friendly with everybody before we joined the band. We all get along. No catfights or wrestling."

The songwriting: "I'm constantly writing," Dante said. "If you want to be a great baseball player, you go out and you practice. If you want to be an architect, you go to school and take geometry and science classes. You have to write a lot if you want to be good. You write a lot of (expletive) and keep writing and writing and writing until a good one comes along."

The album: Gene Dante and the Future Starlets finished recording their sophomore album earlier this week, but do not have a release date yet. But Dante is psyched to have the enthusiastic support of a label, Omnirox, for the first time.

"This is a great, professional deal on a bigger scale than I've ever worked before," he said. "It's a new, interesting time. Exciting and scary at the same time - like your first time bungee jumping or hang gliding.

The attitude: "I'm not really a scenester," Dante said. "I'm a little more reclusive. What I don't want to do is be the hippest kid in town. That means nothing to me. I don't want to be the king of Boston. I have zero interest in that. And to pre-empt any retorts, I don't want to be queen of Boston, either. I just want to make music and hope the audience finds it and they like it."