Don't miss: Future of the Left
The best tweet I read during CMJ was from blogger Gorilla Vs. Bear and it read:
seems like every single band that every single person has seen at CMJ so far has been "killing it"
Took the words right out of my mouth. There was more killing in my Twitter feed than the Battle of Manzikert. This wasn't a CMJ-only phenomenon. Every blog review I read these days, it seems that the band "killed" or "slayed." Really? Don't you think we're using the word "kill" a little lightly? Some of these bands that are "killing it" couldn't harm a bug. The XX are a nifty little group but to say they are "killing it" is just flat-out false. There isn't the slightest hint of violence in the band's music. Soothing it? Maybe. Killing it? Sorry, no.
If we must use the phrase, let us reserve for a band like Future of the Left. I've seen the Welsh trio four times this year and every single time they have, indeed, "killed it." And that is the proper word to use when talking about the band and it's bone-rattling songs. There is some serious violence going on. Sometimes it's in the pummeling rhythm section of drummer Jack Egglestone and bassist Kelson Mathias. Other times the shrill force of Andy Falkous's unique four-string guitar. Maybe it's his soul-crushing lyrics. Often it's all of those elements at once.
There's been plenty of virtual ink spent covering FOTL in these parts already, so let's just offer a retrospective of previous Post Rock coverage before the band's show at Rock and Roll Hotel. It is the only acceptable place to be tonight.
(Interview excerpts, reviews and live footage from over the summer, including me walking around the Coney Island boardwalk with the band, after the jump.)
There's a lyric in "Manchasm," Future of the Left's biggest "hit," that goes: "Every minute matters." That can be seen as a kind of mission statement for the band. Not just every minute, but every sound, every element of every song. There is no dead weight, no wasted energy in Future of the Left. Many of the songs charge along with just overdriven bass, drums and Falkous spewing his hilariously hateful lyrics before he attacks his guitar and scorching, sharp sounds come screaming at you.
Everything You Need to Know About SXSW 2009 (Best Band: Future of the Left)
Andy Falkous on the growing number of rock-and-roll feuds: "We don't want to feud. We just want straight violence. Feuds, all that build up -- "Oh, he's got weird shoes" or "I don't enjoy his forehead." All that [expletive] can only get you so far. But it won't be personal. You can't really separate any bunch of pointy-shoed, indie haircut [brats] from the other. It's not their fault they were born rotten. It's the people who buy their records, you know? Ultimately, people get the bands they deserve. We're a band who maybe require a little more time and energy but, you know, our record should hopefully dispel any notions of being enthralled to the whole McLusky myth."
Future of the Left: Every Minute Matters (Interview)
Future of the Left gets a lot out of a little, a real economy of sound. To use a dorky design metaphor, the band makes great use of the musical equivalent of white space ... It's tempting to describe Future of the Left as angry, but that wouldn't be accurate. I'd say agitated is more like it. Falkous's lyrics can be as biting and vicious as the squall he coaxed from his guitar while he attacked it with a drumstick during the band's last song, but everything is delivered with a existential cynicism.
Live Review, Oct. 2008
And here's a video from this summer's Siren Fest. The idea was to interview the band while taking in the bizarre slice of Americana with that is the Coney Island boardwalk. But there were microphone issues and it never really came together as we hoped. Still, there's some nice live footage. Warning: I am in this video. A lot.
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