Editorial – Amber Waves; Photography – J.J. Deogracias
Thursday night was, for OTM, a night of painful decisions. Who to see, who not to see — many slots were hotly debated and time machines were fruitlessly designed. In the end, however, one of our choices lay within the apt name of the band in question…
The intersections and connections withing the indie music scene can be astonishing to consciously consider at times. Future History’s CMW set was an occasion where this became all the more apparent.
Bumping into members of Goodnight, Sunrise — a happy coincidence repeated at the next venue — Joe and I heard a story about drummer auditions that six degrees style connected the two bands. In turn, the set itself was reflective of how a festival can throw monkey wrenches at bands sharing members. With a re-jigged line-up for the fest, Future History put on a different show from those I’ve covered previously. Unsurprisingly, it was still indie rock at its finest.
Kicking off with a stripped-down duo performance of “Leaves” in the audience, the band powered through a set primarily pulled from their sophomore disc Loss:/Self, throwing in stellar new track “Take Two” for good measure. Without loops and keyboards, the rock core of songs like “Ornamental State” shone through; softer tracks were even more melancholy and heartfelt. A band with a complex sound, this was a night of peeling layers back and in turn, it spotlighted the artistry of the songwriting just that much more.
Deconstruction can be beautiful in its revelations and Future History have built a band upon taking that tool to the human condition itself. Sometimes, on a night inside a dark bar, it’s refreshing to marvel at exposed brick and appreciate the architecture.
If you missed it, check out our recent interview with Future History and remember, the deadline to win our massive prize pack (including their CD Loss:Self and a t-shirt) is March 25th at midnight! Enter our CMW Giveaway fast! Details here.
Much more to come in our Farewell to CMW 2013, coming next week!