Young blood

Romantic Rebel yells at Oddbody’s

By Mike Ritchie

Photo: Romantic Rebel’s KT Paige sings daggers at Oddbody’s July 22; photo: Deborah Tyler

Birthed in Chicago in 2012, siblings KT Paige and Alex Vincent with Zach Smith and Ty Del Rose formed Romantic Rebel, bringing female-fronted rock to the next generation. They quickly became self-promotion machines by booking shows and distributing free music to gain fans. Recording their first record in 2013, they earned Revolver Magazine’s attention in a matter of days with an “album of the week” title and a review. After playing regionally, they went national, supporting bands like SEVENDUST, Avatar, and Crobot while also playing rock and metal festivals. They’ve had tastes of headlining, and after signing with FM Music Management and TKO booking, they’ve toured with Buckcherry, RED, and Kobra and the Lotus. 2015 brought a spot at the Louder Than Life festival, and Revolver came calling again with a feature on Paige for the January issue featuring the hottest chicks in hard rock and metal.

They’re currently supporting their debut release and new single, “Too Far.”

The band started in the basement with Vincent and Paige playing cover songs. “We enjoyed it, but after a while, it just wasn’t enough,” Vincent says. “We wanted more than that. So, we decided to try and write a few originals.” The music bug bit hard. “From that moment on, we worked our butts off day and night. Booking any show we could, trying to make fans left and right and it started working! Our brothers in rock, Zach [bass] and Ty [drums] came aboard, and the rest is history.”

They’re young and hungry, playing the way to becoming their generation’s new blood. They take influence from rock veterans Alice Cooper, KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, and Aerosmith but don’t incorporate much of the sounds into their music. They can’t say they sound like any of those bands, but they all stand as some of the band’s biggest influences.

The story of what makes someone pick up an instrument or microphone is different for every person. For some of the band, it was seeing their first concert. For others, like Paige, it was the movie “Rockstar.” “We find inspiration in the strangest places, on occasion,” Vincent quips.

For some bands, recognition and success take time. Getting attention in Revolver was shocking.

“It was a huge surprise to us, actually,” Vincent admits. “We were completely honored and beside ourselves to be featured in a magazine we’d only dreamed of being in someday – definitely a milestone in our career, thus far.”

Though some printable road stories get spread through social media and magazines, not all musicians are so forthcoming with personal anecdotes. They’re staying mum on the issue. “Some things are better left unsaid and untold,” he says. “We’ll save that for the ‘tell-all’ in five years.”

“Dirty Love Song” sends a strong message against the stigmas and stereotypes of women in rock. Though sexism might never be entirely eradicated, Paige and the band can handle themselves well. “Unfortunately, on occasion, things like that happen,” Vincent says. “But it’s nothing that KT’s boot
can’t handle!”

Show flyers are still stuck on windshields, but social media has become the new promotion vehicle. “In this day and age, social media is crucial in trying to break a band,” Vincent says. “It’s helped us reach so many new fans, as well as stay in contact with the ones that have been with us since day one. We find it extremely important to keep in touch with our fans. On a more personal level, we’re trying to break the mold.”

The Ohio area is new for them, but an untapped market is ripe with opportunity to meet and win over new fans. “I can’t say we’ve been through that area much, so we’re very excited to be coming out your way to rock your faces,” he says. “Seriously, can’t wait.”

We’ll have to wait for the tell-all, but they do have some stories of meeting their idols backstage at festivals: “It’d be hard to sum it up in one story, but, when we get to play festivals with some of our idols, there’s always a chance that we’ll run into them and chat for a bit. It’s happened on several occasions, and that’s one of the coolest feelings ever,” Vincent says.

Meeting a music idol can sometimes happen by chance, but if Vincent had the opportunity to sit down with an idol of his choice, he’d pick a Guns N’ Roses member. “I’d sit down with one of my biggest musical influences, Slash. The one question I’d ask him: ‘So, when are we going on tour together?’” he says.

Besides Slash; Rob Zombie, Alice in Chains, Black Label Society, and Metallica are on the tour list, as well. “We like to dream big,” he laughs.

While Vincent doesn’t mention anything specific on his bucket list, as long as they stay true to who they are, and do what makes them happy, he says they will have accomplished everything they could ever have dreamed of:

“We’re beyond excited to play for all of you and can’t wait to meet you guys. If you see us aimlessly roaming the streets of Dayton, don’t be afraid to come up to us and say ‘hello!’”

Romantic Rebel performs July 22 at Oddbody’s, 5418 Burkhardt Rd. in Dayton. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 day of for patrons 18 and over. For more information, please visit oddbodys.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie atMikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Mike Ritchie
Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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