Thieves and the green fairy! Smoky torch singers and trapeze artists! Too much champagne, torn silk stockings and the never-ending lull of the backstage… As a band, The Romanovs (formerly known as Morgan and The Hidden Hands) indulge in the idea that performance is still magical, full of spectacle, lush, over the top and requires one to entertain an audience completely. Each player is a product of the classical world, all having been trained in their respective instruments from a very tender age (piano, cello, violin and opera). As such, the music they create reflects the large symphonic sounds and delicate melodies of classical music but also shows their appreciation for the rock music they all feed on.
Not a stranger to the gypsy lifestyle, each performer has traveled across the globe to perform with accomplished artists. As a group they have opened for bands such as Rasputina and Paris Loves L.A., and have toured with Veruca Salt. Wes has supported Justin Timberlake, played the Grammys, soloed with national orchestras and serenaded the dedication of the Heifitz studio. Morgan has sung on the trailers for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Lady in the Water”, the 2007 Clay Aiken album, and has recently collaborated with the French electronic band M83 (album to be released in January 2008). Ana has played with Arthur Lee and LOVE, The Eels, Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, Gnarls Barkley, ZWAN, Kidney Thieves, Brian Wilson and Sparkle Horse to name a few and Dan is the founder of Music ‘N Me, a school dedicated to music education for small children.
The band has been impossible to pigeonhole in terms of style, but lauded as one to watch and listen. A recent attendee to a performance summed them up dramatically, albeit perfectly: “Taking pride in an overtly expressive style, they're intoxication at its finest. It's a rendering of delicate compositions, paramount extravaganza and dramatics slit straight from a stage of master musicians. They are, at their best, sound manipulation, gigantic crescendos, and…humor. Watching this menagerie was exhilarating, and the question of breaking isn't 'how', but rather an immediate 'when'.”
Recent winners of the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Awards where they won in the Best USA Band category, The Romanovs are set to release their newest effort “…and the moon was hungry…” in November of 2007. They continue to conquer the well-known stages of Los Angeles and pursue their musical agenda with antics that have begun to ensure their rise as the next indie catch of the day.