We’ve all been there, that moment when the all the things your significant other does stop being cute and start flat out pissing you off.  You know the progression of feelings you go through – disappointment, frustration, annoyance, disdain.  It’s simple, you’re breaking up, and as Neil Sedaka taught us “breaking up is hard to do!” Despite the pain involved, break ups have long served as the grist for many a great song and/or album.  “Shoot Out the Lights” by Richard and Linda Thompson leaps to mind as does Bob Dylan’s classic album “Blood on the Tracks”, and Ben Fold’s “Song for the Dumped” says it all, but what if romantic disillusionment was the basis for a band itself?  What would that band sound like?  Angry?  Despondent?  Certainly those emotions would play a part, but maybe you’d also have a musical epiphany of sorts, a realization that romantic entanglements are not to be won or lost, but rather learning experiences that shape the way we approach future relationships.  If there is such a band it’s The Pessimistic Romance.  Led by Sadie Hawkins (no she’s not going to ask you to the dance), The Pessimistic Romance is really just Hawkins backed by a revolving set of musicians, but her take on the darker side of romance is an interesting one and it quickly became the focus of our recent conversation with her.

Figment:  Sadie, why the name “The Pessimistic Romance”?  Don’t you believe in romance?

Sadie:  [Laughs] Of course I do, but it dies. I’m cynical at times, and I chose “The Pessimistic Romance” because I guess sometimes my cynicism rules.

Figment:  Your new record “Love Doesn’t Last Forever” on Revenge Records seems to be a song cycle on what happens before a breakup.  Is this based on personal experience or is it based on a friend…wink, wink, nudge, nudge?

Sadie: [Smirking, amused] Well, it’s a little bit of both. I’ve been through only one break up, it was me breaking up with him. I’ve had friends that have been fighting with their significant other, and have just been a shoulder to cry on for them. It’s based mainly on their experiences.

Figment:  In most break ups you have a lot of “he said/she said”, but your work seems to be entirely from the “she said” perspective.  Do you think at any time that you might cover the same territory in a song or on an album, but this time from the point of view of the male?

Sadie: [Nods] Definitely. I have plenty of material for it, and I’m hoping it’ll be the next album.

Figment:  “Broken Plates and Broken Hearts” is the opening track to your new album.  Why start the album with such an aggressive and moving song?

Sadie: Well, I wanted to start from the beginning. My songs tell a story, and it’s best if they’re told from the beginning.

Figment:  So you start with broken plates…interesting.  Remind me not to buy you fine china when you do get married! [Hawkins issues a weak smile and looks at her manager who is seated across the room]  But anyway, how do you get over a break up?  Do you record?

Sadie: [Laughs] Like I said earlier, I’ve only been through one break up, one I initiated at that. I’ve never really been through one unless you count a couple of good friends “breaking up” with me.

Figment:  In that case, any chance your next album will be about butterflies and puppy love?

Sadie: [Laughs out loud] Wow, no. Sorry people. Not this coming album. Maybe my third album, God willing I am still recording.

Figment:  What’s your favorite song on the new album?

Sadie: Oh wow, that’s tough. They’re my babies y’know? Uh… I think the last song, “Don’t Look Back” is my favorite. Purely for the fact that it’s a fun song to sing. I had a blast recording it, and I wanted it to sound a little more upbeat. The whole purpose of the song was to tell people not to look back on past mistakes. Not just in relationships, but for everything. It’s true too, the more you dwell on the negative past doings, the longer they stick around and the harder it is to get over.

Figment:  How did you get into music?

Sadie: Wow, where do I start? My parents love music, and I grew up around it. They weren’t musicians by any measure, but they were avid fans. Listening to music my whole life, singing along with it made me want to do it forever. I always knew I wanted to get into music.

Figment:  Any tour plans?  If so, who would you like to go on tour with?

Sadie: I’m getting a tour ready, and I would love to tour with Not For Real, and Nigel Beth. I think it’d be fun.

Figment:  As far as your career is concerned – glass half full or half empty?

Sadie: Hopefully it’s half full. [Chuckles] I have fans, so that’s a good sign.

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