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Shows Keep Romantics From Making New Music

Of the Oakland Press

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The Romantics have set a goal to get back to the studio this year to record a follow-up to their last album, 2003’s “61/49.” But, frontman Wally Palmar says, people keep asking them to play live shows.

“We’ve been busier than we have for the last couple of years,” he says. “It keeps us busy, but we do have to follow-up the last album. The (shows) kind of disturb what we’re trying to do there.

“But I’m not complaining. Things could be worse. I could have nothing to do, too.”

Palmar says the group is “about halfway done” with the new album, some of which may be recorded at Jim Diamond’s Ghetto Recorders studio in downtown Detroit. And if nothing else, the gigs are keeping the Detroit-born band’s chops up — and, Palmar says, are showing just how many people around the world know hits such as “What I Like About You” and “Talking in Your Sleep.”

“When they told us we were gonna do Lima (Peru),” he says, “I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding me — who listens to us there?’ But we went and played and there was a packed house in some club, and they knew a ton of our songs. You could virtually stop singing and they knew the words. That was pretty amazing.”

The Romantics perform at 8 Friday (July 21st) as part of the Rockin’ on the Riverfront series at the GM Renaissance Center Plaza in downtown Detroit. Justin Case will perform at noon and the Eddie Leighton Project with Steve Kostan go on at 5:30 p.m. Admi

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