FUTURE SOUNDS 25
1. DUST & BLOOD – Sing To Your Demons
This record isn’t due out until January 2007, but you are all hearing this first – fresh from the studio with producer Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars, Pearl Jam). I don’t hesitate when making the statement that this could be the album of the year for 2007. The band that is going to fill the void for Modern Rock. Think NIN. Think H.I.M. Better than MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, this is hard rock with pop hooks and song structures. From The Future Management. Needs: Booking.
DUST & BLOOD - Album TBD – Pulse Recordings
2. LEMON SUN – Telephone
Los Angeles’ LEMON SUN are no stranger to Future Sounds, but this song represents the latest studio efforts by a band that is quickly making a name for itself. This five-piece continues to rise and their live set is absolutely smoking! A great blend of what’s new as well as great American influences such as TOM PETTY and THE DOORS. Currently playing a residency at The Echo in LA. From The Future Management. Needs: Booking.
LEMON SUN – 4 Song Demo – No label.
3. AFROBOTS – Danjah
On the last edition of Future Sounds I kicked off the CD with a track from AFROBOTS, but since then they’ve completed 13 tracks that promise to be on everyone’s ‘A’list from here on out. Sao Palo Brazil’s Ricardo Dulce has the UK’s eye’s lighting up, as well as the states. Who won’t like this; Pop, hip-hop, reggaeton, electronic heads, hipsters? The next step after GORILLAZ and GNARLS BARKLEY. Management: Jordan Berliant at 10th St, Legal: Steve Sessa. Needs: Booking.
AFROBOTS – Album TBD – Pulse Recordings
4. MOUNTAIN CON – Apocolyptic
This act actually released this track and this album last year, but I simply cannot believe it didn’t get its day in the sun. MOUNTAIN CON hail from Seattle and put together the kind of pop-hip hop-hybrid we haven’t seen done right since BECK’s ‘Loser’. The best part, the whole album is this good. Mountain Con need to be heard outside of the Pacific Northwest, so here’s to restarting that fire. Management: Grady Chapman at Fuzed Music. Needs: Booking.
MOUNTAIN CON - Sancho Panza – No label
5. THE SAUDI PLAYBOYS – Psycho Killer
The Saudi Playboys are actually two brothers, Chegoku and Roman NewYork, living and do various kinds of art installations and music experiments in East London. This is their first release, a cover of THE TALKING HEADS "Psycho Killer", and features vocals from Jason Bavanandan of BATTLE and Liz Holdforth of THE FAR CRIES. Look for more in 2007.
THE SAUDI PLAYBOYS – Psycho Killer Single – Fleet Street Records
6. APES & ANDROIDS – Nights Of The Week
New York’s APES & ANDROIDS are a cross between David Bowie and Queen with their electro-inspired songs with four-part harmonies/chants. Live they are said to be a mix of Saturday Night Fever and a SEX PISTOLS gig. Starting to get some blog lovin’ as well as looks by labels, A&R are currently working on recording their first full-length. Needs: Management, booking, legal.
APES & ANDROIDS – Demos – No label
7. PROFESSOR MURDER – Free Stress Test
Some rave about HOT CHIP, but we don’t really need to look any further than to New York City to hear the sound from PROFESSOR MURDER. A dance floor boomer, this one is spilling out of NYC clubs and across the internet and world. The hook of the song comes from that Qbert like kazoo sound and the drum and bass line groove.
PROFESSOR MURDER - Professor Murder Rides The Subway – Kanine Records
8. LOW FLYING OWLS – Do The New World Order
Here’s the first listen to one of the new tracks by a band that has quietly been behind the scenes crafting their second record – LOW FLYING OWLS. Relocated in Los Angeles from Sacramento, they haven’t strayed from their psychedelic roots from Elixir Vitae, and I’m glad, just maturing the sound into something that has single potential. They are now called STRANGERS SMILE.
LOW FLYING OWLS – Album TBD – Stinky Records
9. ARMS – Whirring
Brooklyn’s ARMS is actually just Todd Goldstein, the one man arm-y, playing most of the instruments you hear and doing all the writing. If that’s not enough, Todd also plays in the HARLEM SHAKES (FS22). Getting love from places like KEXP, this one creeps on you then you can’t get it out of your head. Classic indie rock.
ARMS - Shitty Little Disco EP – No label
10. DUKE SPECIAL – Freewheel
I heard these new tracks from a friend who told me that I HAD to hear a song that would own me, and it was Freewheel. I’d say it was a success, as here it is, slightly ahead of release schedule, but ready for the world anyway. Better than the new KEANE by a mile, Belfast’s DUKE SPECIAL, really Pete Wilson, will make an impact with this single.
DUKE SPECIAL – Adventures In Gramophone – V2 Records
11. SCOTT MATTHEWS – Elusive
SIMPLY GORGEOUS is 'Elusive', the single by Wolverhampton's SCOTT MATTHEWS. Hell, if JAMES BLUNT can sell millions off that damn 'You're Beautiful', this one should put Scott on the music map. It's already started in the UK, I first heard this song on Zane Lowe's Radio1 playlist, and word is spreading like wildfire. I haven't heard a song this gentle since DAVID HOPKINS' gave us 'Amber & Green'. Honestly, this one is a no brainer, & if people gobble up the likes of ALEXI MURDOCH and DAMIEN RICE, then Scott's headed for good times.
SCOTT MATTHEWS – Elusive Single – No label (Scott has recently signed with Island UK)
12. JUSTIN NOZUKA – Mother Land
ONLY 17 years old??? Forget TEDDY GEIGER, better voice, better songs. This talented and young singer songwriter living in Toronto, Canada has labels and publishing looking at the potential behind this kid that could go JACK JOHNSON on us quickly. Will grab fans of MAROON 5 and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, this Justin is bringing high school back.
Management: Coalition Entertainment Rob Lanni, Eric Lawrence. Needs: Booking.
JUSTIN NOZUKA – Demos – No label
13. DREW LAWRENCE & THE ALLIES – Lovesick Panic
Nominated for best pop/rock artist at the L.A. music awards recently, here’s DREW LAWRENCE & THE ALLIES. With a touch of WILCO’s Jeff Tweedy to his voice, this could knock THE FREY out of the box. They already have a full-length album ready to go, they’re just looking for a home and building their local fanbase. Early interest from Columbia this song is a hit, ready for a TV placement and the hearts of every young girl on the planet.
Legal: Berger Kahn Needs: Management, booking.
DREW LAWRENCE & THE ALLIES – Demos- No label
14. THAO NGUYEN – Tallymarks
THAO NGUYEN, in my opinion, is ready to run with the BETH ORTON-EDIE BRICKELL torch, and her timing is just right. This self-released CD came out last year, and Thao has been out supporting this everywhere, most recently touring with LAURA VEIRS, but I just got the disc and think its brilliant. Folky, raspy, this DC native is a talent on the rise. Management: Slim Moon, Shotclock Mgmt.
THAO NGUYEN – Like The Linen¬ ¬– No label
15. RICKY ANDERSON – Millionaire
Another young talent on this month’s compilation is Orange County’s VALENTINE, which is the front for songwriter Ricky Anderson’s music. What I like most about everything he’s written is how immediate it is, how his themes are always something we can all relate to. This one is a hit, another song begging for a great music placement, and a heartbreaker.
Needs: Management, legal, booking.
RICKY ANDERSON – Demos – No label
OTHER BANDS TO WATCH:
FOREIGN ISLANDS – Another New York City act, recently signed to Nude Records in the UK, check out song, ‘That’s How This Goes Down’. To release Deaf, Dumb + Blind in early 2007.
HONEYCUT – Track: ‘Shadows’
Oakland, California’s HONEYCUT just released their debut full length, On The Day I Turned To Glass, on September 19th, and already radio is closely looking at ‘Shadows’. Infectious pop ala Scissor Sisters, The Knife and Maroon 5, but with the backend cred of Quannum Records.
TIGERCITY – I LOVE TIGERCITY! This band has been getting some attention from various places now for months, and I finally downloaded some of the tracks and had an immediate attraction to the sound of TIGERCITY. They are from Brooklyn and their groove is unpretentious and great for a club. Sounds like THE TALKING HEADS meets THE POLICE.
BLACK MARKET – These kids from Arizona have been getting looks by just about everyone on the market. Big on energy, close on songs, just one big hook away from something larger. Won’t be unsigned for long.
THE KLAXONS – This band very quickly exploded within the shark tank of the ‘who’s next’ world, getting so hot that it’s set off a backlash as well. In the end, it’s about songs, and they have them. People try and dub them as ‘new ravers’ but I think that’s just being lazy. Danceable and the kids like it. Just signed to Polydor Records.
THE VOOM BLOOMS – Ok, so I’m a little gun-shy about any band that falls on the ACTIC MONKEYS side of the sound wave, but these guys are pretty raunchy and fun and their track ‘Anna’ was on heavy rotation for me for weeks. This song gets me going in that jumpy kinda DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS kinda way, but it's still unkept, surly, and rough around the edges. From Loughborough (UK), the band might not own the freshest sound you've ever heard, but listen to it once or twice and you'll be singing "now that Anna's my darling we just dance all night!"
FIELDS – I don’t know much about this band other than their track ‘Song For The Fields’ owned me for weeks. From Birmingham (UK), their first EP, 7 From The Village, was self-released on their own, Black Lab Records. Epic rock, grand in scale.
WALTER MEEGO – This edition of FUTURE SOUNDS seemed full of electronic-related artists and it seems like I was overrun and impressed by the number of quality music happening in this genre. I first heard their song, ‘Romantic’ and absolutely fell for it. Insanely groovy!
EBB & FLOW – Unsigned, San Francisco’s EBB & FLOW have self-released an EP recently that should be heard by many. Highlights include ‘Alaska: Lost And Found’ and ‘Body and Soul’.
OTHERS NEW BANDS TO WATCH: Love Like Fire, Freddie Stevenson, Fleet Foxes, Tokyo Police Club, St. Vincent, Polytechnic, Colour Revolt, Kid Alex, The Young Knives, The Tender Box, Another Cynthia, The Devastations.
EXCELLENT NEW RELEASES OF NOTE:
GRIZZLY BEAR – Yellow House (Warp) – Stunning!
C.S.S. - Cansei de Ser Sexy (Sub Pop) – My new favorite. Track: Alala
THE TEDDYBEARS – Soft Machine (Atlantic) – ‘Cobrastyle’ is THE track!
THE SLEEPY JACKSON - Personality - One Was a Spider One Was a Bird
SILVERSUN PICKUPS – Carnavas (Dangerbird) This band should be even bigger.
GOSLING – Here Is (V2 Records)
LUPE FIASCO - Food & Liquor (Atlantic)
THE LONG WINTERS – Putting The Days To Bed (Barsuk)
FRANK & WALTERS – Renewed Interest In Happiness (FiFa Records)
DARKER MY LOVE – Darker My Love (Dangerbird)
YO LA TENGO - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass Matador)
THE KOOKS - Inside In/Inside Out (Astralwerks)
LOVE IS ALL - Nine Times That Same Song (What's Your Rupture)
THE HOURLY RADIO – History Will Never Hold Me (Kirtland)
SNOWDEN - Anti Anti (Jade Tree)
MOHAIR - Small Talk (Grunion Records)
WHITEST BOY ALIVE- Dreams (Asound-Bubbles)
JOSEPH ARTHUR - Nuclear Daydream (Lonely Astronaut)
COLD WAR KIDS - Robbers & Cowards (Downtown)
FORMER FUTURE SOUNDS ARTISTS RECENTLY SIGNED:
LILY ALLEN to Capitol Records
THE PONYS sign to Matador Records
THE LITTLE ONES to Astralwerks
VOXTROT to Playlouder/Beggars Banquet
STREET TO NOWHERE to Capitol Records
THE DYKEENIES signed with King Tuts
EARL GREYHOUND have signed to Some Records
INTERPOL to Capitol Records
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