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As Boy Romeo, John Steiner makes power pop as joyful as it is ruthlessly efficient. The Chicago-via-Sacramento singer-songwriter’s music has the sweetness of something you might hear in a Broadway musical while erring towards the economy of what you might hear on A Hard Day’s Night: two or three minutes, a few well-chosen chords, no extraneous solos or sections (and when he breaks those rules, it’s always spectacular). His songs serve as a reminder that the Beatles and their British Invasion peers were raised as much on traditional pop and jazz standards as rock ’n’ roll and that aggression was the exception rather than the norm for years in the genre. It’s hard not to imagine Steiner dancing through a field of flowers when he sings his songs—and as so many of his songs are invitations to do something just like that, you might as well dance along. Pure Soul is Boy Romeo’s second full-length, following a 2017 self-titled album and the 2018 EP Shorts; recorded at Earth Tone Studios and at Steiner’s apartment, it’s Boy Romeo’s most collaborative outing yet, featuring contributions from close friends including members of Baseball Gregg and Sacramento’s Mediocre Cafe.


released February 14, 2020

All songs written and performed by John Steiner
With essential contributions from:
Claire Tauber – bass (2, 6, 8); vocals (2, 8)
Patrick Shelley – drums (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Cooper Coffroth – dx7 keyboard (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Alex Reyes – tenor saxophone (6)
Sam Regan – melodica (4)

Engineered by Patrick Hills at Earth Tone studios with vocals, guitars, and various overdubs recorded at Shelley Space, Pink Mansion, and jboi’s Palace
Produced and mixed by John Steiner
Mastered by Dylan Wall

“Mic Grab” artwork by Eli Wengrin
Z Tapes Records – 2020


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Boy Romeo Chicago, Illinois

Hi! I’m Boy Romeo and welcome to my page. My real name is John, and I write, record, and perform my own brand of pop music with the help of a revolving cast of close friends and collaborators. I self-released the Boy Romeo LP in 2017, produced by Dylan Wall, and released the “Shorts” EP in 2018 with Mt. St. Mtn. I’ll be dropping a second LP in early 2020 with Z Tapes. ... more

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Track Name: THE PARK
Let's go to the park
We've got time to kill
We can go get high with the daffodils

We ain't got no worries
We got nothing going on
Tomorrow seems so far away
Feels like it's never gonna come
Track Name: LET'S ROLL
Let's roll tonight
Under the moonlight
Ain't got nowhere to be
Feeling so young and free

Weave thru the promenade
The colors feel so bright
Something like paradise

Let's roll today
We've got to get away
Blue skies, cool breeze
Feeling so young and free

What a rare delight
Living for the first time
Thought I saw heaven in your eyes

Roll thru the bright neon lights
Roll thru the prime of your life

C'mon let's roll
Track Name: EASE INTO ME
Military time
I'll wait around
Check my phone again
Text me: "I'm outside"
I'm bending down tonight

Ease into me
Under the dark blue sky
Piercing like a hot knife
Ease into me
Before the rising sun
The white hot horizon

Because I like you slow and sweet
Ease into me

Walking home all tight
Drinking gin and wine
I'll wait around
Check my phone in bed
Text me: "I'm outside"
Just so we don't collide
Made some resolutions but I forgot them
Took some good notes but then I lost them
I'll bare my teeth for awhile, fake a smile

Met a pair of lost eyes at an hold haunt
She told me, "Boy, all my life I've been robbed
"I've bit my nails by the line my whole life long"

I'm just waiting for my call
I'm just waiting for the diamond life to fall into my hands from the sky

"Hey there sir or madam
This is not a dream
We've noticed your talent
And we'll pay you handsomely"

You can take those bad vibes elsewhere
I'm following my dreams and I don't care
Right now I'm down and out, but not for long
Track Name: SOPHIE
Early morning
I wake up and rub my eyes
Thoughts of darkness interrupt
My morning coffee

Cuz Sophie told me
A big weight would drag me down
Thru the ocean til I drown
Oh so heavy

Oh hey Sophie
Won't you please tell me what's happening
Won't you please tell me what's going on

I stared at my hands
Sophie read the tarot cards
Upside down seven of swords
What does that mean

Sophie told me
Danger'd enter into my life
Funny how we met tonight
Mister Charming

Cuz this is your world we're living in
And we're hanging on your word
It's no surprise that you know more than you let on
Sophie, no!
Track Name: PASTELS
I hope that when I die
The skies are sunny not so grey
What's more—everyone I love
Will show up for the big parade

There will be laughing and tumbling
And someone will have the sense to say

"Don't sing no sad songs
Something with pastels
Organ and sleigh bells
Something with pastels"

I know I've done people wrong
I hope to max the good I've done
Track Name: LOVE TODAY!
Hey my babe
Do you remember when we crashed their place
We took on different names and oh we laughed
As we made out in their pool
Such a gas
I still see them around

If I had my way
It would still be yesterday
And I wouldn't be the shell of a soul I am today
Since that's not the case
Could you spare for me tomorrow's love today

You and me
We can take a joyride if you please
Into space or somewhere out of reach
Cuz we were meant to realize our dreams
Let's do it together

I'm a fool
With no plans
Would you take my helpless hand?
We can venture through the night
Maybe time will take its toll, I dunno
But I would not risk another day without you

We can't knock on heaven's door anymore
What's the point, no one's even listening

We'll go downtown
For a laugh and a rise
Look at all the passerbys
We're two of them tonight
In a fool's paradise

What a pleasant surprise
Did we meet in a past life?
Well, here we are tonight
In a fool's paradise
Track Name: DAYDREAM
When you ease into me
Fits like a puzzle piece
When we drift into sleep
I slip into reverie

We hold our hands out to the sky
The moment passing us by
A single second, just a wink
Will I look at you one day and see

Just another daydream
Your touch a memory
Just another daydream
Always fading

We share a bed and it feels right
Our lives pass through the night
A single second, just a wink
Will I look at you one night and see
Track Name: TENDER (INTRO)
It takes strength to be tender
It takes love to be free
So when chance comes knocking at your window
Open up the doors, don't leave her waiting

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