“Futures” at Tramlines 2011.



By Jonathan Bradwell

Performing in one of the hustling venues of the Festival tonight is the neoteric British rock romantics the “Futures”. With only four chances to catch them this summer, the venue is so frenetic that the temperature gets plethoric before the band materialize. With an appallingly little amount of video footage of their live gigs obtainable, but having an incontrovertible reputation of brilliance, the “Futures” come on stage to hearty cheers; Cheers from people that wont be disappointed tonight. With fabulous lyrics (Although often somewhat seemingly over emotive), juxtaposed alongside mellifluous musicianship, it’s to no astonishment that the “Futures” are signed to the great “Mercury Records”.

It is clear from the offset that the “Futures” take the value of rehearsing for their live performances earnestly. Despite only being a complete and functioning band for two years now, there are aspects of fluency, artistry and utter professionalism to the sounds distributed by the Buckinghamshire four piece. Showing no signs that there live performance is anything less unrivalled than their debut album “The Holiday”, ‘Ant West’ (vocals) shouts and sings with such tonality and commitment that we commence to wonder why this band were not given a slot on one of the more palpable stages of the weekend.

After roughly Twenty minutes of their boy band looks and pop song melodies it ultimately comes clear that this set list has little ups or downs. The band seem to be playing it safe with a reliable set list of gliding material with little divagation from their rock band pigeonhole. However, the songs that are played emit from the stage with such radiance, a radiance which clearly shows in ‘Ant West’ (vocals), as the smile he meandered on stage with is indefatigable until the end. A brand new album and some more live shows simply can not come soon enough.

Most of tonight’s songs sound sparkling, and even though having many songs that all sound like they could be singles may make some lesser bands sound slightly one dimensional, the initial simplicity of these particular songs with their added hooks and quirky riffs is what makes them worth appreciating. Even on record songs like ‘Oxygen’ make you crave the chorus, making even the static of listeners tap their foot, clap their hands or sing along. It’s this approach to modern rock that makes the “Futures” so addictive. Let’s not forget, ‘Casey Roarty’ (Guitars) fret board work is immensely impressive, and helps to keep it stimulating and contrasting from the rest of the names in the genre.

As the “Futures” depart from the stage to as much noise and applause as they entered with, it’s not laborious to anticipate that in a few more years the “Futures”, if they carry on rising upward, will intensify their live performance even further and move on to be an even more remarkable band. Their popularity really becomes plausible when, after their set has finished, people literally begin to vacate the venue. With an assortment of gnarly rock grooves, bass lines full of character and vocal melodies that make your hips move, let’s hope that the “Futures” near future is as flamboyant and wonderful as their efforts tonight.

(Picture courtesy of “PastPresentFutures”).

The “Futures” official music video for the song “Sal Paradise”:


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