Chronic Future

Chronic Future


Chronic Future hails from the Valley of the Sun. With an experimental mix of alternative, electronic and hip hop stylings, the band will turn your head and inexplicably make you move.


There's still hope for everyone unimpressed with the predictable, mainstream rock options; for everyone who feels no connection to rock's buzzwords, fashionistas and micro-genres. Most importantly, there's still hope for everyone who just needs that big musical kick that only a great band can deliver. It's coming, and it's called Chronic Future. These four young Southwesterners (guitarist/vocalist Ben Collins, vocalist Mike Busse, bassist/vocalist Brandon Lee and drummer Barry Collins) have boldly defined themselves and the new modern age of rock with their Modern Art Records debut, "Modern Art".

"There are so many different directions that music is going in" states Ben Collins. "We want to include everyone, and make the music we love. We want to unify the scene"

The theme of "unity" permeates Chronic Future's music and history. From their diverse influences, to their democratic approach to songwriting and performing, this group has laid out a definitive roadmap to the next great collective sound and vision of rock. This "unifying" attitude does not come by accident. Despite an average age hovering just above 26, the Arizona rock combo have a wealth of artistic experience and uncommon commitment to their own enlightened ideals.

"Music that's focused only on the negative is a little boring for us, we understand and write about darker issues, but we never want to leave it at that" says Collins when discussing Chronic Future's unique concept. "This band has always been about offering alternatives."

One of these alternatives is a three-pronged lead vocal attack that's surprisingly emotive, dynamic and consistent. Chronic Future's towering choruses and tight natural performances stand in stark contrast to the often static industry standard. Co-lead MC/ Vocalist Busse explains the group's strength-through-unity approach: "Ben and Brandon usually come to me with songs or choruses that are well-defined musically. Then I just do my thing and try to tell good stories. I don't have to consciously build on their concepts. I just say what's on my mind and we always complement each other."

The trust and teamwork Busse mentions has been building for years and the payoff is huge. Modern Art delivers a lyrical blast that's as honest as it is profound. And the group's instrumental prowess complements this lyrical vision perfectly. The quintet pound out melodic pop-punk, electronic and hip-hop elements that beat in perfect sympathy within their grand rock arrangements. Colorful breakdowns and stark vignettes also lend an artistic accent to Chronic Future's radio-worthy dialect. The finishing touch is something beyond description, even beyond comparison in contemporary music. It's that "unifying" connection to emotional truths that must be heard to be understood. One listen to any cut from Modern Art will be enough to convince any listener of the band's collective genius, but the music is more than a fortunate blend of talents. To get where they have, these guys worked long and hardŠand they worked smart.

Growing up under the glare of a regional rock spotlight while attending an alternative arts high school in Arizona, the talented Busse, Lee and Collins brothers developed their art in a unique environment. With a membership that's been together since the age of 13, these guys have spent the time needed to unearth a unique collective identity. Collins and Lee began writing music together while both were still in junior high. Collins did most of the singing, but things took off when good friend Busse was brought in. The band encouraged Busse to develop his burgeoning linguistic talent and a truly unique, musical amalgam was created.

The group's early independent releases and kinetic live shows are now the stuff of legend in the Valley of the Sun. After building a substantial underground following, the high school-aged members of Chronic Future cracked local rock radio playlists. Naturally, record-industry heads were turning, and soon the desert was crawling with label reps anxious to add Chronic Future to their respective rosters. Realizing that time and talent were on their side, the band decided to keep a low profile, develop their songwriting and wait for the right situation. Eventually Interscope Records came along with the right deal, and the commitment to a career-defining release was made by all parties.

Modern Art was produced, engineered and mixed by Ryan Breen (Miniature Tigers, The Medic Droid), who also provides all the sonic manipulation and programming.

In keeping with its creators' tradition of uncommon success, Modern Art is the most creative, diverse and hit-laden debut in years. The music is symphonic, with a singular chord backbone and crushing choruses large enough to fill the Grand Canyon. Classic influences like the Beatles, the Clash and XTC should be acknowledged, but there's nothing studious or backwards-looking about Modern Art. The disc twists pop, rock and punk in ways that


Time & Time Again

Written By: Chronic Future

Inspiring, shining, rising
And when you're in my way
I'm not dividing me from you cause we're working together
Perfect in its splendor like the currents of the weather
The splinter in my center hindering all of my pleasure
Is me manifested as you in this endeavor
Once responsibility is taken I can render
Experience to be however I want to remember

Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find

Put yourself through the scariest of scenarios
Enter experiences you normally wouldn't dare to go
It's all for the character and the arrogant afterglow
Of knowing it's appearance according to your patterns of growth
And what your parents handed down to you to handle
Make sure you carry torches when their putting out your candles
Predictions can be unkind but unwind them still
Don't erase the part of you that's responsible for your will

Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find
Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find

Well I've seen you and those things you do
And the way you hide that shadow can't be good for you
Your dark defines your light

Well, there's some utterly damaged particles to deal with
And if I stutter I'm sorry but it's hard to feel swift
When stuck in my stomach is a cannon ball anchor to lift
I've been pushing it down pretending it doesn't exist
Well, this is what happens when you're pissed about being pissed
You dig yourself so deep you resist just to resist
And there's no way to get back experiences you missed
So start right now today and risk furiousness for bliss

Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find
Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find
Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
Time and time again we fall in to the depths of who we are
But you can't keep running away from what you're trying to find
You just can't keep running away from what you're trying to find


Written By: Chronic Future

Sometimes you get it right away
Sometimes you have to fight for it
Sometimes you get them right
but then sometimes
You don’t

A Boy with a dream and a Man with a song
Man says Boy you better push it along
And the Boy replies “Don’t tell me what to do”
This is my dream that’s the size of your shoe
Boy talks back but he wants to be a Man
Boy’s just scared cause he doesn’t have a plan
Man tells Boy, “One piece of advice
If you want the whole pie
First have one slice”


Boys and Girls meet all off the time
But this time it’s really special
Boys and Girls need all the time they have
To reach the potential of their present tense I now present the Girl

Wants to be a Woman with a dance
Woman tells girl that she doesn’t have a chance
Girl talks back, “I’ll do what I chose!
Fuck that, I got nothing to lose”
Girl talks big but she doesn’t practice
Only exercise she gets is on a mattress
With a Boy that wants to be a Man
Spending whole days just forgetting big plans


Don’t have to buy you diamond rings to show that I really care
Don’t have to keep it all inside to shoulder the weight that you bare

We’ve all been told that we’re nothing when we’re younger
Some will go and gather and some become the hunters
But no matter what the implications
We can’t always listen to the older generations
Look at these two who didn’t have a chance
Kept to their goals and each other and advanced
Now they listen to the man’s song
And the boy and the girl let the woman dance on



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