ONCE Somerville presents
Gene Dante And The Future Starlets
Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty, Gang of One
Sat, June 23, 2018
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pmONCE Ballroom
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is 21 and over
ONCE Somerville presents Gene Dante And The Future Starlets
with Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty
and special guest DJ, Gang of One (Hugo Burnham formerly of Gang of Four)
$12 advance/$15 day of show
7:30 pm doors/ 8:15 pm showtime
Physical tickets are available at:
A Curated World by Kay McGowan
160 Highland Ave
Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm
Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pm
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).
Gene Dante and The Future Starlets (2006)
The Romantic Lead (2009)
The Love Letter is Dead (Single, 2010)
We Are All Whores (Single, 2013)
Hand Me Your Razors (Single, 2014)
"C Star" (Directed by Michael Pope, 2008)
"A Madness to His Method" (Directed by Michael Pope, 2009)
"Parlour Bells, draped in noir-pop darkness but coated in a sense of unnerving ease, are the perfect soundtrack for that what-the-eff-happened-last-night conversation." -- The Boston Phoenix
"Great @parlourbells cover of Jane's Addiction's Classic Girl!" -- Dave Navarro, Guitarist of Jane's Addiction via Twitter
"...Glenn di Benedetto’s smoky vocals seduced me. The croons on “The Gargoyle” are low and beckoning, romantic yet sinister. Lounge-like melodies carry “Heavy Dream,” about a dream so palpable, so conceivable that it left you disoriented in the morning. The five-song debut is a perfect peak of the serenades that have made Parlour Bells one of Boston’s best-kept secrets." -- Erin McCall, Boston's Weekly Dig
"di Benedetto is easily one of the most interesting and theatrical lead singers in the area." -- Jeff Wallace, Music Editor, My Secret Boston
"Everyone in the band knows exactly what needs to be done. They’ve also got style to go with their substance. They’ve got showmanship. They’ve got a flask." -- Johnny Anguish, Daykamp Music
They have managed to build a hype for themselves with a year packed full of fun-loving, energetic, fuzz-drenched shows in support of their single and it's video. Now kicking off 2017 with the release of their frenzied sermon of rock n' roll titled the Pucker Up EP through Cryptic Carousel and Hi Fi Hepcat Press, there's no telling what debaucherous exploits will come next!
- Liam Pressure (Sound Weekly)
The band formed in 1977 at Leeds University, where Burnham was studying English Literature. Before the band signed with EMI Records (UK, R.O.W.) and Warner Bros. Records (USA), he was a founding member of Impact Theatre Co-operative. Creem magazine's Dave DiMartino said in 1980 "Witness Hugo Burnham, a close-cropped, thickset out-and-out scary drummer who looks like his idea of fun might be pushing young American faces into old American brick walls." He continued, "watching the Gang Of Four perform at Bookie's Club 870 and realizing that as great as the records are, the band in live performance is even better. There's rhythm, always rhythm, provided by Burnham's steady drums and Dave Allen's absolutely superb funk basswork". Rolling Stone critic Greil Marcus wrote, "Hugo Burnham play(s) in an economical and precise yet propulsive style, giving the rhythm a piston-like drive."
After leaving the band in 1983, Burnham joined Illustrated Man, then worked as an occasional session drummer with Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgway, ABC, PiL, Nikki Sudden, and Samantha Fox, before joining his former G4 bandmate Dave Allen with Shriekback, serving as the band's manager from 1985 until 1988, when he moved from London, UK to New York City, to open an office for his company Huge & Jolly Management and Outlaw Management.
He then worked as an A&R executive with Island Records in New York, Imago Records in New York and Los Angeles, Qwest Records in Los Angeles, and EMI Music Publishing in Los Angeles. He reunited briefly with Allen to play on The Call leader Michael Been's solo album On The Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough. After leaving EMI Music, he returned to management with Deathray (featuring former members of rock group Cake, Victor Damiani and Greg Brown), then left Los Angeles for Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the end of 1998, adding Little Red Rocket (see Azure Ray), and Boston rock group C60 (whose album he produced with engineer Matthew Ellard), to the Huge & Jolly Management roster.
Gang of Four's original line-up reunited in 2005, with Burnham telling Rolling Stone "It would be folly to go out and try to foist new music on people... What resonates is the old stuff, and we need to go out and do that. After all, the crux of it is the four of us onstage playing, making loud rude noises and running around furiously." He also told the New York Times' Jon Pareles, "I knew we could do it, when I saw we all still had our hair."
He spent much of 2005 and 2006 making those loud rude noises and won (with the band) Mojo magazine's " Inspiration to Music" and the U "LifeTime achievement in Music" awards. He last performed with the band in December 2006 at All Tomorrow's Parties at Minehead in England. Burnham along with Dave Allen left the band again in 2008, intending to focus on his studies and work as an academic.
Burnham completed his master's degree in Education from Cambridge College in 2006. He was an associate professor at the New England Institute of Art in Boston from 2000 until 2015, when he became Dean of Student Affairs, before leaving the college in October, 2016. He is an adjunct member of faculty at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and an Affiliated faculty member in the Communications Department at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
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