05.31.2014 — “Now” by Future

Future

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Now” by Future (2013, from the Abyss EP).

Future is a shoegaze/post-punk/noise pop trio from Paris. There’s a rapper named Future, and this is something very different from that. However, to avoid confusion, the internets often require the addition of “band” or even “bandclub” to yield the results for this band.

They’ve been around since the autumn of 2012, and they’ve released two glorious EPs in that time. It’s clear that they take their cues from the likes of The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, A Place to Bury Strangers, and others who are proficient in balancing intense walls of noise with harmonies.

I can’t remember how or when I first learned about this band, but for a little while, I’ve had a sticky note on my laptop reminding me to write something about them. I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, because this is right up my alley.

The new EP —Stay Behind— came out in March, and it smells more like APTBS. Tonight’s song comes from the first EP, and this song smells very much like JAMC.

“Now” by Future

I really like how the drums come in after the squelch of feedback in the intro. That drum snare fill is sort of reminiscent of the 1990s-era JAMC while the wave after wave of the wall of guitar sound is more like their early stuff. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Future is using a the “JAMC” setting on their drum machine for this song. Then there’s something about the heavily delayed vocals that I really like, which isn’t very much like JAMC, so the references will stop there.

There’s something deeply satisfying about the sonic annihilation that’s unleashed with this song. And it brings to mind a very specific image. Fog machine on. Strobe lights and red-filtered spotlights swirling. This song playing really really loud. And that’s sort of my “happy place”.

You can download the Abyss EP from the Future bandcamp page. You should also get their 2014 EP Stay Behind here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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