I love to discover new, underground bands, and when I noticed Future Theory through Twitter, I figured “why not listen to their EP”. When listening to up-and-coming bands, many times the music can be a hit or a miss; fortunately, Future Theory is most definitely a hit. The band is from Lincolnshire, UK and is composed of Max Sander on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chris Moore on lead guitar, Jake Scarbo on bass guitar, and Rohan Parrett on drums. In October 2016, Future Theory released their debut EP Fool’s Dream. They are an alternative rock group that has “a distinctly moody, ambient sound” which is how the band describes themselves. Their music is absolutely moody and eery but catchy and distinct as well. Sander’s vocals perfectly match the instrumental and create a unique psychedelic sound. Fool’s Dream, although only composed of six songs, clearly captures Future Dreams’s versatility and the type of band they are setting out to be. Although the entire EP was great, “Eye of the Storm” and “Fools’ Dream” stand out to me the most. While many of the songs are a slower tempo, Future Theory shows they can be upbeat too with their song “Listen Closely”. It is clear that Future Theory strongly cares about music which is extremely important to not only me, but is also important for succeeding in the rock and alternative music scene. I am so happy that I came across Future Theory on Twitter and hope to hear more from them; they have gained my follow on Spotify. Future Theory can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and you can stream the EP from Spotify and their Band Camp page (I have included the link at the bottom of the post). Go and give Future Theory a follow and listen to them. You will not be disappointed.
“I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon”…These lyrics come from one of my favorite classic rock bands of all time-Pink Floyd. Although I was born in the 90’s and was not around for the height of classic rock bands, I have learned about the history of rock music and have listened to more bands than I can name. That being said, I rank Pink Floyd as one of my all time favorites. Pink Floyd, which was composed of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason, were an instrumental part of the creation of the psychedelic rock music era. Pink Floyd was not looking for commercial fame, rather they were simply experimenting with sound. They did not expect their music to go far and gain radio success, however, they did. Pink Floyd was a concept band, meaning their albums had a theme. My personal favorite is Dark Side of the Moon, which was released in 1973. This album is by far one of my favorite albums of all time. The concept of this album is madness and this theme can be heard throughout the entire album, especially in songs like “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse”. This album tells a story (in a way) because each song leads into another. The psychedelic music era was spawned by various different artists such as The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and the Byrds, which all rank as some of my favorite classic rock bands. Psychedelic rock is one of my favorite sub-genres that branched off of rock and it is still relevant today. Today there are neo-psychedelic bands such as Tame Impala and Temples which have carried on those psychedelic roots and have created a modern twist. I feel that Pink Floyd captures the essence of psychedelic rock. They are also inspiring because they were not looking for fame and success. Instead, they were experimenting with sound for the sake of music, and that is what music should be about-enjoyment and creation over fame and fortune. Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall (’79)are my favorite albums by Pink Floyd and I have both of these albums on vinyl. There is nothing like listening to “Comfortably Numb” from The Wall or “Money” from Dark Side on vinyl. For people who may not know much on Pink Floyd, I suggest sampling some songs on Dark Side.