Future Rock, the electrifying trio from Chicago, paid the Capital District a little visit a few weeks ago. I had the chance to catch this intense electronica band at Northern Lights last year, Red Square in 2009, Valentines in 2007, and Camp Bisco V in 2006. I guess that makes me a fan at this point, the kind that won’t miss an opportunity to drag you along when they tour the 518. Future Rock fuses progressive house and dance rock, a very danceable and often explosive live mix I thought my friend would enjoy too. They rocked the house. Read on for more pictures, links to free music, and a few videos.
More photos below. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.
A word of warning, Future Rock is not a school-night friendly band. Their rarely start before 11pm and the sets last anywhere between 2 and 3 hours. This didn’t matter much for the kids dancing frantically around us, the crowd was pretty diverse but guys, I had to work the next day, have mercy.
The musical formation, Kellerman on the keys, Moreno on the bass, Heitz on drums, is similar to Toronto-based and old-timer livetronica band The New Deal. Both bands pack a wall-to-wall electro/acoustic punch by sampling and layering themselves throughout live performances. What strikes me each time I have seen Future Rock is how much fun they have on stage. Check Kellerman’s big grin throughout the show, the guy can barely refrain from jumping on his keyboard. Darren Heitz on drums is a machine, a beat monster. Tip of the hat, sir.
Embedded above, Future Rock playing “Reaching New Heitz” in 2009 at The Kinetic Playground in Chicago (excellent sound and HD capture by the folks at Recshare). Here is another good HD video on RECTv, the band playing “Shimmer” in 2010 at The Park West. They cover familiar tracks now and then, be it Air’s “Kelly Watch The Stars”, or Daft Punk’s “One More Time”.
They released a new EP last month, “Nights”, available for free download at Future Rock’s Bandcamp and Soundcloud sites. They are touring until August 2011 from what I see. I expect them to come back to Albany next year, especially now that The New Deal is breaking up (it’s not you, it’s me).
There is more
Some photos I took of Future Rock at the same venue in 2009 and earlier in 2007:
A video I shot at Red Square in 2009. You can hear my microphone giving up under the sonic assault:
That’s all folks. With the Revolution Hall out of the picture, I really recommend you give some love to Red Square in Albany. Management is friendly, the bar section is comfy and far enough from the stage that you can still hold a conversation, there is a pool table, a few games and it’s much cleaner than it used to be (seriously).