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Futurist / 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. (click link for more)”

“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.”

“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 collective 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“In the video of their single "Antihero", Brooklyn Folk Poppers Futurist make the most convincing argument for "So You Think You Can Dance: Williamsburg" we’ve ever seen. The band released their debut album "War Is Yesterday" in June, with a party involving over 50 (fifty!) interdisciplinary artists. This video was selected to be projected in between bands at The Deli/ INDMUSIC CMJ Music Marathon Shows.”