I love bands with history. Groups with a fun or funky or accessible sound or cute girl or guy pop up all over the place, but what about the back story? Unfortunately, either most bands don't have very interesting lives, or else we've just become disinterested in hearing about stuff like how Mick Jagger clipped his tongue and whether or not Jack and Meg White are married and if "Maps" really is about Angus of Liars.
Die Romantik (MySpace) has quite the back story. The "melody rock" NYC trio met way back in 1996 when they were all attending high school ... in Paris! Already they seem to fit their moniker, Die Romantik ...
The group plays these wonderful, brooding, grandiose and majestic songs that drift from classically driven piano lines to Radiohead-esque rock ballads to folksier efforts so seamlessly. The stuff's easy to take in and digest, but a delight to explicate and listen to over and over again. These songs seem to have so much depth, so much inspiration and character. You listen, and are swept away to some memory of your own or a fantastical place of your mind's own making.
They self-released their debut LP, Narcissist's Waltz, which you can purchase via PayPal on their MySpace page or else at Insound!