Futurist
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Futurist

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Alternative Rock

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Jun
28
Futurist @ The Caledonia Lounge

Athens, Georgia, United States

Athens, Georgia, United States

Jun
27
Futurist @ Tin Roof

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Jun
23
Futurist @ Kung Fu Necktie

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jun
10
Futurist @ Hotel Vegas

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

May
24
Futurist @ Washington

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

May
21
Futurist @ Pianos

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

May
09
Futurist @ Sneaky Dee's

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jun
22
Futurist @ The Hall at MP

Williamsburg, New York, United States

Williamsburg, New York, United States

Sep
16
Futurist @ Leftfield

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Aug
05
Futurist @ The Bowery Electric

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jun
17
Futurist @ The Rock Shop

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Dec
04
Futurist @ The Fifth Estate

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Aug
04
Futurist @ Burning Man

Nevada, United States

Nevada, United States

Jul
28
Futurist @ Mercury Lounge

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jun
07
Futurist @ Pete's Candy Store

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Aug
29
Futurist @ Burning Man

Nevada, United States

Nevada, United States

Dec
27
Futurist @ Poor David's Pub

Dallas, Texas, United States

Dallas, Texas, United States

Music

Press


Apparently, Brooklyn’s been sleeping on a gem. Neo-psychedelic dream pop outfit Futurist has been creating and inspiring quite a collection of rich art across a variety of platforms. Heart felt song writing underneath a cosmos of real instrumental sound with a touch of avant-garde digitalism make Futurist seem a likely voice in tomorrows’ scene, no pun intended.

Citing likely influences for Futurist, things get eclectic; everything from early Flaming Lips to MGMT to Built to Spill and the Arcade Fire shine through editor/ imaginer/singer Curtis Peels’ vocals in the midst of a sonic spectrum reminiscent of Radiohead and even The Shins. This band feels like a fresh mix of all the classic elements of folk and rock music.

The latest from Futurist, “War is Yesterday” is the first full length available for download from the bands bandcamp site. “War is Yesterday” is a polished, obviously well adorned project that I couldn’t stop listening to. The folks in Futurist seem to have some definitive edge to their experimentation, and it’s well displayed across this album and their newest video, “Blacksheep Army.”

“War is Yesterday” is full of one liners that get stuck in your mind. One of the things I first noticed when checking out this band was how little play they had with their media on sources like youtube and reverbnation. I think it’s possible that Futurist’ multimedia creations grow to become very key in identifying a scene within indie in the digital age. So, “Wake up man…” - The Sleepfine Collective


"In the indie-rock hub of Brooklyn, NY, it can be hard to find a band that brings something new and exciting to the table. However, with its jangly folk sound and inventive costumes, Futurist is giving a whole new meaning to the term “art rock.” Furthering its distinguished and exciting approach to interactive collaborations, the band invited its fans to participate in its video shoot for “Blacksheep Army,” a guitar-heavy track laced with intricate violin lines and delicate vocals. The video features fans with painted faces donning military attire. It is essentially a tribute to the misfits, or the black sheep, giving them a place to express their faith in the unusual. As black sheep themselves, the members of Futurist have developed somewhat of a cult following. But they’re ready to take their distinct music and performance out of Brooklyn and on to the next level. Until then, you can find them dressing up, having fun and drawing more fans into their mysterious world." - Marie Scarsella /// CMJ


So I’m having trouble deciding which is better: the song itself or the music video? Either way, it’s safe to say that Futurist’s latest single “Antihero” off their upcoming album War Is Yesterday is a song that is made up of just the right amount of toe-tapping rhythms and feel good vibes that’ll have you coming back for more. Plus that dual-guitar breakdown around the 2:10 mark is pure Steely Dan-ish, which fills me with all sorts of joy. If you’re in the NYC area and looking for something interesting to do instead of dinner and a movie, check out their Valentine’s Day performance at Cake Shop Records. - Travis Self /// newdust


Futurist have some very big ideas. As much a multimedia project as 5-piece experimental folk outfit led by singer Curtis Peel. This group doesn't just write songs, as much as they construct whole movements like a folk-rock symphony. Listen to just a couple measures into "Slackjaw Pilgrims" or "Wingspan" and you'll find yourself getting pulled into their unique way of hearing the world. Like their name implies, there's nothing old about this group. Good thing foot-stomping dance grooves never go out of style. - The Deli NYC


Hailing from the indie-music haven, Brooklyn, New York, Futurist is newly formed collaboration that is best recognized by their elaborate costumes, bouncy, rhythmic instrumentals, and folk-infused vocal style. Recently nominated as one of Deli Magazine's top "Emerging NYC/NJ Artist of 2011," it's clear that Futurist's quirky musical renderings are on the road to stardom. - Holley McConnell /// Epitonic


Futurist harkens to the past with the sounds of strings and colonial drumbeats, but the underlying darkness meshed with sunny demeanor proves they offer enough light to burn. - Allison Levin /// The Deli NYC


"With concerts that astonish audiences like the Flaming Lips but on an indie budget, Futurist draws a cult-like following with their fantastical and always unique performances. However, the collec- tive doesn’t really need the added theatrics to draw attention to their music, but it is a well-executed bonus. On their debut War Is Yesterday, the band constructs a colorful, vivacious musical terrain filled with good vibes." - Nancy Chow /// The Deli NYC


Discography

Albums (LP)
Omens (2019)
War Is Yesterday (2011)

Singles
Double Knots (2013)
Word of Mouth (2013)

Remixes
War Is Yesterday Remixes (2012)

Photos

Bio

FUTURIST is the “Alt Rock, Psychedelic-Pop” project launched in Brooklyn, NY, with a unique take on psychedelic rock and earnest songwriting achieving a sound best described as "future-classic." By virtue of experimentation, a multimedia vision, and an energetic delivery, FUTURIST creates a wall of sound that ignites audiences with their own style and modern mythology.

With appeal for both lovers of space-age and vintage, FUTURIST has been likened to the visions of Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and Spoon. The band is known for its associations with folk-lore and psychedelia, with elements of this culture permeating the group's instrumentation, effects, and composition.

Their debut 2011 LP War Is Yesterday laid foundation for the anthemic duality found throughout the band's core sound. The Deli Magazine NYC wrote:

"FUTURIST hearkens to the past with the sounds of strings and colonial drumbeats, but the underlying darkness meshed with sunny demeanor proves they offer enough light to burn."

Band Members