Gene Dante and The Future Starlets

Gene Dante and The Future Starlets is a glam-rock band based out of Boston, MA.

Gene Dante and The Future Starlets
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresGlam rock, pop rock
Years active2005 - present
LabelsOmnirox Entertainment
Associated actsProject Eno, Mistle Thrush, MEandJOANCOLLINS, AxeMunkee
MembersGene Dante (Vocals, Guitar)
Scott Patalano (Guitar)
Tamora Gooding (Drums, Percussion)
Jim Collins (Bass, Vocals)
Erik Andersen (Guitar, Vocals)
Past membersMark White
Eddie Nowik
Mathew Foster


The first incarnation of The Future Starlets was formed in 2005 by Gene Dante, who had previously been pursuing an acting career as well as fronting the Brian Eno tribute band Project Eno.[1] Wanting to take his own original music to the next level, Dante recruited “Dark Mark” White (upright bass and vocals), “Crazy Eddie” Nowik (guitar), and Mathew "Cutty" Foster (drums and vocals). They released their debut album, with the self-titled Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, in early 2006 under Surreal Records/Multimedia.

Due to changing priorities in 2007, The Future Starlets underwent a complete lineup change, and thus the second (and current) incarnation was born. Tamora Gooding (AxeMunkee, All The Queen's Men), who had worked with Dante before in Project Eno, took over drums and percussion and Jim Collins (The Buckners, MEandJOANCOLLINS, Eddie Japan) came in on bass. Soon thereafter, Scott Patalano (Mistle Thrush) was added on lead guitar after Dante successfully coaxed him out of retirement. They released their second album, The Romantic Lead, produced by veteran A&R executive Peter Lubin (The Pixies, Peter Gabriel), in February 2009 under Omnirox Entertainment.[2] Looking to add a fifth member, Gene and the Starlets brought in Erik Andersen on rhythm guitar and keyboard soon after the release of the album.[3]

The Starlets released the first music video off The Romantic Lead in February 2009 for the single “C Star”, directed by Michael Pope (Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds).[2]

In April 2009, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets placed second out of 23 other Boston bands in the 31st annual WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble.[4] Using their winnings, they recorded and released their single "The Love Letter is Dead", also produced by Peter Lubin, in February 2010.

In 2009, Dante was nominated for “Best Male Vocalist” in the Boston Phoenix/|101.7 WFNX Best Music Poll of 2009.[5]

The Starlets released the next music video off The Romantic Lead for the second single “A Madness to His Method”, also directed by Michael Pope, in April 2009. The video was picked up and added into regular rotation on MTV’s LOGO network.[6]

In the summer of 2011, Dante reprised his role as Hedwig alongside Lisa Van Oosterum (Yitzhak) in the Zany Hijinx production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Most of The Future Starlets were also featured in the production as Hedwig’s band with Collins as Jacek, Andersen as Skszp, and Gooding as Schlatko. The show toured all over New England with multiple showings in Portland, Boston, Provincetown, Hartford, and Dedham.[7]

Gene Dante and The Future Starlets continued their work in the theater scene in the fall of 2011 when they were hired as the live house band for The Gold Dust Orphans production of The Rocky Horror Show at Club Oberon.[8] Dante played the role of Brad Majors and earned an Elliot Norton Award nomination for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Small/Midsize Theater.[9]

In September 2012, Dante was cast as Mary 2 in the American Repertory Theater production of The Lily's Revenge at Club Oberon.[10]

Gene Dante and The Future Starlets have since begun pre-production for their third album set to be released TBA.[11]



Year Title Label
2006 Gene Dante and The Future Starlets Surreal Records/Multimedia
2009 The Romantic Lead Omnirox Entertainment


Year Title Label
2010 "The Love Letter is Dead" Omnirox Entertainment
2013 "We Are All Whores" self-release
2014 "Hand Me Your Razors" self-release
2015 "Girl On A Unicycle" self-release

Music VideosEdit

Year Song Director
2008 "C Star" Michael Pope
2009 "A Madness to His Method" Michael Pope
2015 "We Are All Whores" Herschel Smith Jr.
2017 "Girl On A Unicycle" Herschel Smith Jr.
2018 "Hand Me Your Razors" Herschel Smith Jr.

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Further readingEdit


  1. ^ "Project Eno"[permanent dead link] - January 29, 2000
  2. ^ a b, "Interview with Gene Dante" - January 14, 2009
  3. ^ Dumont, Rick "Gene Dante 310" The Noise - March 22, 2011
  4. ^ Johnston Chase, Katie "The Luxury takes the rumble title" - April 25, 2009
  5. ^ Clark, Shaula ""Boston Music Spotlight Live Music Series" Presents Gene Dante & The Future Starlets" - July 15, 2009
  6. ^ May, Jenny "Gene Dante and The Future Starlets - "A Madness to His Method" on MTV's Logo Network" Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine - June 16, 2009
  7. ^ "Hedwig and The Angry Inch". Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  8. ^ Brown, Joel "Let's Do the Time Warp Again" - October 7, 2011
  9. ^ "30th Annual Elliot Norton Award Nominees" - April 16, 2012
  10. ^ "A.R.T."
  11. ^ Donaldson, Jonathan "Gene Dante Gets Personal at Jacque's Underground Cabaret" - August 29, 2012