Kingston band Futura Free are set to host an in-person release at the Mansion on October 9 for their new album, Reducer.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and there will be an entrance fee of $ 10. Members of the public can also look forward to musical performances from Monarch and Willy Nilly.
The newspaper spoke with Futura Free singer and songwriter Peter Luft about the album and its upcoming release.
With Luft, the group includes Kevin Feeley on guitar, Bobby Benevides on drums, and Gabriel Reeves on bass and vocals.
Following the release of Reducer in June, Luft says the band are excited to perform for a live audience and expect a positive and fun night out.
“There is a lot of anticipation and excitement built up,” Luft said. “[Now] being able to come back to it with live music after the pandemic, there is going to be insane amounts of energy. “
With Reducer, Futura Free takes their catchy songs and experiments by adding weird sounds to their music. Luft described the album as “catchy indie punk rock that got infected with a creepy computer virus.”
While their previous album contained joyful and heartwarming songs about love and fulfillment, Reducer takes the sound of the band in new directions. The new album reflects dark themes of mental health, highlighting a collapsing world around us.
This dramatic change in theme was intentional. Luft said he liked it when artists’ albums distinguished different eras in their careers.
“I almost wanted to give a tonal boost between [the albums]. Thematically, the first disc is very happy, and [Reducer] is the complete opposite of that.
Much of the inspiration for Futura Free’s retro and neon aesthetic is drawn from a combination of ’80s synth-wave and cyberpunk music, also tapping into elements of’ 90s dream pop and shoegaze. They also cited Brockhampton as a modern influence.
“There are quite a few rock bands or guitar bands that only get their influence from older classical rock,” Luft said. “[Aesthetically,] we’re trying to influence other genres, like pop and hip hop and stuff like that.
The group is proud to produce their own music. This allowed them to get creative and “weird” without facing high studio costs.
“We live in an age where you can record your own stuff and that can sound pretty good,” Luft said. “We can be really creative with it and get really experimental. “
Luft encourages artists to experiment and make music that they are passionate about, regardless of the criticism they may receive.
“This thing that people say, ‘you need a lot of money or a lot of connections to make the cool music you want’ is completely wrong,” he said.
“It’s a myth. If you have a song you want to do. These days you can just go out and be successful. “