Future Rock Announce Live Album
The atmosphere and the songs-six of which have never officially been released are the best representation of Future Rock ever recorded. "Live in Wicker Park", set for a June 1st release, also features live remixes of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Death from Above 1979 that are sweeping proof of Future Rock's remarkable remix skills.
The live album is a 52 minute wall of sound that'll leave listeners wondering how three people create the rhythmic textures that seem to come from a small army, rather than just a trio. The album saunters in with the airy-house of "Understand the Sky" and sprints towards hyper speed down a rabbit hole for "Pedal Metal"- finding a way to go everywhere in between without losing the band's identity.
Mickey Kellerman and Felix Moreno, alongside drummer Darren Heitz, are the driving force behind Future Rock. During their explosive live show, all three members wield synthesizers, live loops and samples-Kellerman on the keys, Moreno on the bass, Heitz on drums-to form an amalgamation of excitement, constructed completely live onstage. The Chicago trio has been perfecting its brand of live-instrument dance music since 2004 and just like Future Rock's pulsating and escalating anthems, heir momentum is about to explode.
Unlike some other electronic bands that also use a foundation of live samples and loops, Future Rock is more concerned with making songs than being progressive sheerly for the sake of it. Melodies trump abstraction and true emotion beats the bizarre on their "I'm not a shy bass player, I want you to hear the bass string clank against the fret," Moreno says. "Unlike many electronic musicians, we're not afraid of the major key." "We're a little strange," Kellerman adds, "we don't fit into any genre."
Future Rock began their ascent by rocking after-party sets usually reserved for DJ's and soon became the burgeoning festival favorite they are today. Along the way, their LED-heavy light show has become one of the best in the business. Their albums "Sugar Coated Bullets" (2006) and "Gears" (2007), alongside unforgettable live performances and crafty remixes, showcase Future Rock's ability to exist above and beyond all that is mediocre in music today. In addition to a mind-numbing festival schedule, Future Rock will be completing their first studio album in three years. "We're definitely going into the studio to cut and refine our best, rather than searching for the material," Moreno says. And with a proclamation like that, the title of Future Rock might not be so bold.
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