Toronto’s FUTURE PEERS are an eclectic Indie Rock band that’s got a really interesting dance friendly vibe. The song arrangements are interesting and combine elements of pop, new wave, odd synths, and relentless bass lines. This isn’t your typical Indie Rock that you’ve heard a million times already – FUTURE PEERS offer a fresh and original twist to the genre that’s been rendered pretty meaningless these days.
FUTURE PEERS released an excellent album a few days ago that you really should check out. Find it here. They are playing The Baltimore House in Hamilton (Thurs, Dec 8th), The Baby G in Toronto (Friday, Dec 9th), and Silence in Guelph (Saturday, Dec 10th)
Q – Can you tell me a bit about the history of Future Peers?
FUTURE PEERS is a band from the future. In the future they are just called PEERS. They traveled back in time in a retrofitted Chevy Astro. They wanted to come back to a simpler time and share their music with people. After the events of 2018 most citizens chose to take to the wilderness in small nomadic communities, hunting and surviving off the land. Before we had the vintage Chevy Astro Time Machine we lived in harsh and hallowed conditions. We love being here with you in 2016 but we have a message. A message of hope and caution. Transmitted sonically to you.
Q – What are some of your major influences?
We really love Bowie (like duh! do you also like laughing and having fun?), Elvis Costello, Roots Manuva, Talking Heads, Can, Talk Talk, The Cure, Robyn, Chet Baker, NIN, Gary Numan. We like lots of stuff. We like stuff that when you first hear it it makes you go, “oh fuck!” or “Damn!” or “I like this”
Q – How did this album come together?
We officially formed as a band (from the shell of a different band) during an artist residency at the Banff Arts Centre. We produced a few tracks with Shawn Everett (producer Alabama Shakes Julian Casablancas and Weezer), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) and Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think) and what we made really made a mark on all of us so we decide to ditch the only band identity and focus our efforts into a new project. Shawn invited us to come and record with him in Los Angeles after that so we spent the winter writing a bunch of songs in a garage in Toronto and then drove to LA in the end of March to record some of these little ditties. The recording process with Shawn really cemented our vibe and brought us closer to a realized aesthetic. Shawn is awesome and a key element to the formation of the band as it is today. He was like a mountain sherpa, guiding us to the summit of music potential.
Q – How do you weave in electronic / pop sounds in with the indie rock? Where does that sound come from?
We’ve always been labeled as too eclectic or weird because we make music that blurs traditional pop sentiment with electronic sounds and experimental structure. I think we come by it honestly and it is something we make organically. There are 4 of us in the band and at times two of us are playing synth on a song so it’s not always your traditional bass, drums guitar and keys situation. We spend a lot of time playing around and also picking around (half ironically) in different genres. A lot of times these tongue and cheek jams can morph into something kind of spectacular.
Q – I really like your song ‘Better Left Lost‘ and how strange some of the sounds on that track are – – how did this song come together? To me it sounds like Peter Gabriel and Franz Ferdinand had a baby – its fantastic.
First off, thanks for the fantastic! That’s an awesome badge to wear with pride. I appreciate it. This song came out of a really fun studio day with Shawn, Kevin and Charles. Mike in the band had recently gone through a break up and asked me to write a break up song so that’s where this thing started out “Baby I won’t come back level reset. Just never lock the door. I can see things clearer than I want to a museum of failure and regrets I’ll adore.” or “There are certain things that you lose and don’t search for.”
So we started with a up beat breakup song then Shawn started patching stuff through other stuff and guitars through things and recording pianos on iPhones and speeding them up and getting me to play african style guitar solos. The vocal was routed through an old Moog synth that was in the studio and while I sang shawn would twist the knobs. Kevin really helped me find the right cadence for the vocal line. He said to me, “we know you are a good singer. Stop singing.” I keep that advice in mind all the time. You can hear a vulnerability in that track that I think really works.
Q – What are you listening to lately?
I really like the Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam record, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Timber Timbre, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Country, Versa