A Futurist Theatre

A Futurist Theatre

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A musically inventive, visually striking and mentally challenging experimental avant-garde pop act that focus on making songs like no one else. The band has the desire and the drive to create something truly unique and are best experienced at high volumes.

Biography

It's easy to be in a band - four instruments, three chords and a voice is all it takes. You write lovelorn ditties about girls you've never met, loopy songs about everyday trivialities, or maybe just streams-of-consciousness in an effort to sound meaningful. Get drunk, score girls, build an ego, forget yourself, fool yourself, write the same song twice, be content in-or-around the middle, not small, nothing too fancy. Just enough.

For Bob, Neil, Damien and Ruairi, it wasn't possible to be in a band like that.

In the dark heart of the Blackpitts three years ago, A Futurist Theatre became the fruition of four friends in love with creating something new, unheard and unique. In 2009, the band's debut Caviar To Pigs was completed and welcomed with kind words from critical sources; words like: 'exciting', 'original' and 'challenging'. The band has vowed to write the greatest music possible, because there's no point in trying anything less.

For Bob, Neil, Damien and Ruairi, it's very easy to be in a band like A Futurist Theatre.

Press Reaction -

"Caviar To Pigs signifies the arrival of an immensely exciting talent..." - AU Magazine

"Considering our country’s steep heritage of music and arguments this is exactly what a tempered Irish band sould sound like..." - Hot Press - Off Her Rocker blog

"Tis been ages since i’ve had to pick my jaw up off the ground after a gig.But a word of caution, their myspace tunes do not do them one bit of justice. Check em live." - Ruth Medjber - Ruthless Imagery

"...the most avant-garde, loud, and obscure band..." - Una Mullally - Sunday Tribune

"What sets them apart is the passion of the four members – A Futurist Theatre are broken drum skins, snapped guitar strings and ruptured vocal chords in a way this country doesn’t see often enough..." - Drop-D Ezine

"There is no pretense here; no need for leather jackets or a bandana to prove you're rock 'n' roll; no major consumptions of drugs or alcohol in order to get through a gig; just four incredibly intelligent guys who make great music.' - Pauric Keenan - Flick Magazine

"The kind of music I would listen to if I was driving across the North Pole, under the Aurora Borealis, on acid." - Guerilla Review

A Futurist Theatre recently won the 2009 DIT Battle Of The Bands under a unanimous vote.

Lyrics

We Walked Among You

Written By: Bob Hickson

We Wakled Among You
In silence, then crawled
Here, we've forgotten beauty
We're skins of the living

No thoughts to take us from here
Nothing that is mine
Gazes drift by wistfully
We disappear in time

No heroes, only shadows
No future, only memory
No voices, just screams

No loving gazes
Just vacant stares
No way out
And nowhere left to go

The rain never replenishes us
A pain without doubt
We just want to be left alone
To dream of home

(Repeat Chorus)

Almost Human

Written By: Bob Hickson

That game we played
It got me nowhere in the end
That obedient facade's all that remains

The mark you wear
Will only get you so far
It gives way in time

(Chorus)

Where were you when it counted?
Does anyone remember?
Does anybody care
That I still breathe and generate heat?

When it's cold outside
It's then I summon up a smile
It could be like old times
I could be Almost Human

I observed
Studied behaviour from afar
Like a good little scientist, I watched

The fault was mine
The fault will be in all my kind
There for all to see

(Repeat Chorus)

Disconnect

Written By: Ruairi Hickson

I'm not so naive or so gullible
To think that this could happen on its own
Live life in solitude, escape in victory
A simple step that leads to happiness, alone

Surrender every day to a dream gone astray
A hollow man is full in a hollow world
It's not the incident, so much the accident of taking back what was never ours to give

(Chorus)

It's an inhibited state of a limited mind
A beautiful lie in his digital eyes
A different man from a different age
He casts himself to a lesser stage and crawls

Please try to understand that this is all I have:
A platform, alone, in an empty room
At least a ruptured ego has edges to cling on to
A single solace to deter from all else

Light filters through to me - in touching distance now
A beacon, a bullet, I'll take whatever comes
It's not the incident, so much the accident of taking back what was never ours to give

(Chorus 2)

It's a degenerate state of a delicate mind
A beautiful sight for his digital mind
A damaged man from a deluded age
He throws himself to a shallow grave and sprawls

Disconnect integrity
Disconnect reality

Hammer Must Fall

Written By: Ruairi Hickson

Come rioters and spin me a new revolution
Step it up, bring me a fresh bright beginning

I don't belong to franchise
I don't believe in morals
I can't abide by order

But I believe in life
So I'll drink until I'm dead
I'll kill until it's criminal
And still get away with it

Boy, don't you run, don't even try
Justice smothered, the hammer will fall
The Hammer Must Fall
The Hammer Must Fall

Step away, you're a crime waiting to happen
But something's gone wrong
Something's gone terribly wrong

I don't belong to franchise
I don't believe in morals
I can't abide by order

But I believe in life
So I'll drink until I'm dead
I'll kill until it's criminal
And still get away with it

Boy, don't you run, don't even try
Justice smothered, the hammer will fall
The Hammer Must Fall
The Hammer Must Fall

Red Flags

Written By: Bob Hickson

Burn the books and cut the wires
They're afraid of change my friend
What use is the future
To someone living in the past?

Another bullet, another corpse
Never mind, it's far away
Remember the party slogan
"We submit to one above"

Over now, it's all over now
Don't you worry your pretty little head
Easy now, it's so easy now
To make excuses for everything you've seen and done

Something's coming and I'm afraid
That I can't stop it this time
But I'll be fucked if I don't try
If I don't give it all I've got

These red flags hoisted in vain
There is no real free will
Just a choice of how to die

The Boys Back Home

Written By: Bob Hickson

The Boys Back Home have memories
And they're not inclined to forgive
So seal yourself in from the inside
The boys are coming home tonight

The Boys Back Home bear heavy scars
A testament to what you've done
So shuffle your hands, protect yourself
The boys are coming home soon

The Boys Back Home have memories
And they're not inclined to forgive
So seal yourself in from the inside
The boys are coming home tonight

So where is my home?
What waits for me?
Where has everybody gone?

Let me come in from this
Plague I'm catching
Where is left for me to go?

So dream your last dream
We hope it's a pleasant one
We hope that you had an easy ride

So where is my home?
What waits for me?
Where has everybody gone?

You can't keep making others pay

The Icarus Syndrome

Written By: Bob Hickson/Ruairi Hickson

Just when I get it right
It slips away
Whenever I hold too tight
It disintegrates

You think you win your battles
A reason to smile
It turns out that it was just
A moment of respite

Now do you dare take flight?
Do you dare take flight?

It's gonna be a lonely town tonight
With nobody on the street
It's gonna be a lonely house tonight
With nobody coming home

Now do you dare take flight?
Do you dare take flight?

Only Bombs Can Wake Me

Written By: Bob Hickson

The world never changes out here
I am still a nothing
A vapour in caucasian minds

There's nothing here that you can understand
Only Bombs Can Wake Me, understand
Only Bombs Can Wake Me
Only Bombs Can Wake Me
Only Bombs Can Wake Me now

You learn boredom, I learn hatred
We are all insignificant
But at least I understand

The perfection I despise, yet seek
You're the one who I cannot destroy
From here your life seems so abhorrent
From here your life seems so different

Only Bombs Can Wake Me
Only Bombs Can Wake Me
Only Bombs Can Wake Me now

More Than I Could Ever Give

Written By: Bob Hickson

Yeah, it was a moment in time
It took a long time to see
And we were only children at play
We're only pawns in this game

Faces long gone are still here
Presiding over us still
Waiting for a final mistake
Waiting for our will to break

It will take more
It will take more
More than I could ever give

Yeah, I guess you had it right
You knew all debt must be paid
But we can't win this anymore
We can't win this one this time

It's in our nature to hurt
It's only fair to cry out
But I know how it ends this time
They're waiting for me
Down the line...

It will take more
It will take more
More than I could ever give

Come to the wise my brothers and see how they turned against you and conspired against me.
Laid out before us, so plain to see, the mechanised horrors of the modern age.

(You Are The) Wasteland

Written By: Bob Hickson

Every life needs a lie
Momentum gathered
You're just falling down a stairs

Embrace your forcefed desires
All designs are false
And nothing matters now

(Chours)

You Are The Wasteland
Neither perfect or unique
You're not the one who helps it complete
When all's said and done, nohing is real

Now you're afraid of destitutiion
And you've gone and built yourself a cage

Walk with me into the fire
Everything you do is in vain

(Repeat Chorus)

Discography

Caviar To Pigs (2009)

Two of our tracks (Red Flags & Hammer Must Fall) have been played on radio in both Dublin and Galway.

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Set List

We have played sets from 20 mintues to over an hour in length. For our latest gig, we had thirty minutes and played 4 songs:

1. Karenina (6.45)
2. Devil Have Mercy (6.23)
3. You Are The Wasteland (4.34)
4. Hammer Must Fall (10.15)

In the past, we have played up to 12 songs in a set. We have an 8 track CD, are planning on recording a new single early in June. We have about 3 hours of original music written, but we do enjoy throwing in the odd cover. Recent covers we played included 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack, 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' by The Walker Brothers and our own rendition of the theme from 'Jaws'.