The Future Laureates

The Future Laureates

 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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“A sweeping, jaunty uplift...complete with big, swinging hooks” – The Village Voice
“Energetic, acoustic-driven pop melodies with a charming folk feel” – Chicagoist
“The Future Laureates are a great example of how the Midwest music scene is on the rise” – The Examiner
"Full of high-spirited and energetic songs that blend rock, pop and folk into one catchy groove, ‘Here and After’ is, to put it simply, a whole lot of fun" - Diffuser.fm
"Final verdict: Definitely pick up this album" - AXS.com

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Biography

Fresh off performances at Summerfest and CMJ Music Marathon. The Future Laureates have just released their new EP, Here and After, a showcase of vibrant and mature songcraft. With the help of Grammy-nominated producer, Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, and Kopecky Family Band), TFL has finally captured the unabashed energy of their live shows on record. The band delves into varied subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60’s soul.

After six years of extensive touring, along with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America and just this Fall charting in the "top 10" of alternative rock specialty radio – The Future Laureates are a band on the rise. They’ve shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Dawes. With each of these performances, TFL has been exposed to artists who have achieved greater success and hold themselves to a higher standard than most. The result is a newfound confidence, earned through hard work, persistence, and ultimately, experience. Danny Surico, songwriter and co-frontman of the band, sums up the band’s outlook: “Now, more than ever before, we understand who we are and where we’re going.”

For booking, press, and other inquiries, please contact the band directly at thefuturelaureates@gmail.com

Lyrics

Sinners and Saints

Written By: Danny Surico,James Hyde

Calling all the sinners, calling all the saints.
The Lord is picking winners, the devil’s taking names.
(Ooh) Got me waiting on you
(Ooh) Got me waiting on you

Making no appearance, when they show your name.
Soon the room is clearing, we need another way
(Ooh) Got me waiting on you
(Ooh) I’m still waiting on you

It’s the same damn story that they always tell
Sheep go to heaven and you and me, well...
We plot our great escape infinite miles away.

You know those parallel lines, they will never cross
We take a different angle. We can just because
(Ooh) kept me waiting on you.
(Ooh) kept me waiting on you.

Though all the Earth is slated for two narrow fates
If we build a spaceship, we can fly away
(Ooh) no longer waiting on you.
(Ooh) now I’m escaping with you you.

It’s the same damn story that they always tell
Sheep go to heaven and you and me, well...
We plot our great escape infinite miles away.

In the final hours the lights come on
And sweetly lift us up at dawn
We plot our great escape infinite miles away.

It’s the same damn story that they always tell
Sheep go to heaven and you and me, well...


In the final hours the lights come on
And sweetly lift us up at dawn
We plot our great escape infinite miles away.

We fly so far, leave the world behind.
Infinite miles away we’ll shine.
We seek the truth now. We’ll make our own way.

Calling all the sinners. Calling all the saints.
Calling all the sinners. Calling all the saints.

Angela

Written By: Danny Surico

Make way! It’s a freight train coming through
Make way! My love’s a freight train coming through

Call it indecision; call it lack of vision, whatever you want.
As I’m sleeping in hotel rooms, I realize I miss you, I realize I want you, I realize:
We’ll be singing all the tunes at your high school reunion, one raucous song
We could see the Czech Republic; I think that you would love it, baby come on, come along.

Angela, Angie, I profess my love to you
Angela, Angie, hear that freight train coming through
Make Way! It’s a freight train coming through
Make Way! My love’s a freight train coming through

Awakening from slumber, I see your name and number light up my phone.
Pixilated you are standing, and smiling on the landing of your summer home
I’ve been seeing things more clearly and wishing you were near me so I could fade
out the static in the sound--your voice among the crowd. Just two of us for days and days and days

Angela, Angie, I profess my love to you
Angela, Angie, hear that freight train coming through
Make Way! It’s a freight train coming through
Make Way! My love’s a freight train coming through

I come to my senses. I’m all in for you.
I’m following through.
I’m falling in love with--
Come to my senses. I’m all in for you.
I’m following through.
I’m falling in love with you.
I’m falling in love with you.

Make Way! My love’s a freight train coming through
Make Way! My love’s a freight train coming through
Angela, Angie, My love’s a freight train coming through

Angela, Oh I believe, yes our love is gonna bloom.
Angela, Angie, hear that freight train coming through

Make Way! It’s a freight train coming through
Make Way! My love’s a freight train coming through

Make Believe

Written By: Danny Surico

When my old man awoke, no one would know his face.
Nor would they speak of chivalry and grace.
His quixotic approach and windy soliloquies
Revealed his rust, senility and age.

All this make believe is making me dream of a life complete.
But dreams betray us, Dulcinea.
So now lay me down and let me reach up for the star where I'll sleep.
Sweet surrender. Now or never.

Though the windmill was not what it appeared to be
And the dame but a false reality
To re-purpose his life and strike fear with righteousness,
We journeyed compelled by loyalty.

All this make believe is making me dream of a life complete.
But dreams betray us, Dulcinea.
So now lay me down and let me reach up for the star where I'll sleep.
Sweet surrender. Now or never.

All this make believe is making me dream of a life complete.
But dreams betray us, Dulcinea.
So now lay me down and let me sleep here by master in peace.
Sweet surrender. Now or never.

Down

Written By: Danny Surico

Smoke through the trees, fire it seems,
Burns down a ghostly world in front of me.
Sun in the sky. Holding your hand, the one I choose.

Thinking about my mother's words.
It's a great life, but you must build it.
Others will try to judge and deny the both of you.

C'mon, let's tear the whole thing down.
So we can build it up.

As we arrive, parting the sea,
Hundreds of protesters in front of me.
Sun in the sky, tears in our eyes, they disapprove.
Thinking about your father's words.
It's a long journey; you'll get through it.
Smoke through the trees, burning the leaves of history.

C'mon, let's tear the whole thing down.
So we can build it up.
We can tear the whole thing down.
Make room for our love.

We can tear it down.
We can build it up.
Got the weight of the world
On our shoulders now.
And I'm not afraid
To declare my love.
And I say, 'I do."
When I say, my love:

C'mon, let's tear the whole thing down.
So we can build it up.
We can tear the whole thing down. (We can tear the whole thing down).
Make room for our love. Our love. (We can tear the whole thing down).

Smoke through the trees, fire it seems,
Burns down a ghostly world in front of me.
Sun in the sky. Holding your hand, the one I choose.

Take It As It Comes

Written By: Danny Surico

I see your glowing fire.
I seek shelter from the rain, from love and pain.
You say, “You are welcome here. But we’re responsible today if we remain.”

You could be my giving tree.
I could swing from your branches.
Love is a life of failed romances I’m learning from.
You were not what I planned on, but I’m letting love in,
And I’ll take it as it comes with you.

You’ve earned your battle wounds,
Worn by years of losing ground and self doubt.
I’ve fought the battle, too. But I take comfort in the sound of a softer wisdom now.

You could be my giving tree.
I could swing from your branches.
Love is about owning up to things that you should’ve done.
You were not what I planned on, but I’m letting love in,
And I’ll take it as it comes with you.

I have learned with love,
You can search the earth and sky, but you will find
It’s not the one you seek. It’s the company you keep, or you left behind.

You could be my giving tree.
I could swing from your branches.
Love is an outstretched hand when you can’t get up.
You were not what I planned on, but I’m letting love in,
And I’ll take it as comes.
Be my giving tree,
And I’ll swing from your branches.
Love is a life of second chances that open us
To the things we don’t plan on. I’m letting love in,
And I’ll take it as it comes with you

Discography

Here and After (release date: 9.23.14)
1. Sinners and Saints
2. Angela
3. Make Believe
4. Down
5. Take It As It Comes

Everything at Once (release date: 10.25.13)
1.) Sleepwalking
2.) The Afterlife
3.) Hanging

Fortress Sessions (release date: 5.12.12)
1.) Galahad's Song
2.) For Debbie
3.) Carry Me Away
4.) Lovely
5.) Crooked Third Wheel
6.) Serenity
7.) Song for my Grandchild
8.) Witchcraft and Imagery
9.) My Friend, the Guarded Wall
10.) Escape from the Shadows
11.) Convert Them in Convertibles
12.) Lines

Rethink the Recession (release date: 3.11.11)
1.) Creative Differences
2.) Kingston Blues
3.) Metro Detroit in a Recession

Your Mom Would Like Us (release date: 7.18.08)
1.) Hanging
2.) Hit It and Quit It
3.) The Extra Mile
4.) Santiago
5.)  Steer
6.) Polyphemus
7.) Halfway Home
8.) Something More
9.) FYI
10.) Park Bench
11.) Salt in the Wound (Our Country)
12.) What You're Doing to Me