To most people who have been in the Kennesaw/Marietta music scene since at least 2012, the name “Heartless Romantic” should ring a bell. If you haven’t been with us that long, Heartless Romantic is a project started by long-time local musician Mike Motter about a year and a half ago. In that time, Motter wrote and recorded an entire album with some assistance from Juergie Landstrom of The Funeral Portrait, Billy Willig of Like Mike, and a carefully selected handful of other talent. When I say album, I’m not referring to a standard five-song EP. No, when I say Heartless Romantic has put out an album, I’m talking about a fantastic forty-minute LP titled “Historical Fiction” which is an incredible display of my favorite things about Motter’s writing and tastes.
Perhaps one of the most notable things about Heartless Romantic is that Motter started and completed it largely by himself. He stated in an interview that he was tired of the typical “get a bunch of people together and start writing something” band routine. In other words, he had been there, done that, and it never worked out the way everybody hoped. This time around, he’s taken the opposite approach. He wrote, recorded, and produced all the music on his own. By doing this, he can build the band around the sound and continue to produce exactly the kind of music he wants to bring into the world.
Though an official release date has not been set, Heartless Romantic has released the first single from Historical Fiction. “If I Were You, I’d Start Running” is exactly what I expected to hear. It’s powerfully poppy in all the right ways, never turns its back on strong metalcore roots, yet maintains its own uniqueness. It is available on YouTube for your listening pleasure (and seriously, what else are you doing for the next three minutes anyway?).