Saturday, July 19, 2008

why the futurians rule the world

this next link contains all the info you could ever want plus a hyperlinked discography (which is pretty extensive too)

The Futurians are a band that have soul. Their music, a pulsating, minimalist, primitivist, machinistic monster of a thing is at once fiction and fanstasy, at once politics and hyper-reality. Go to a Futurians performance and you will know what i mean - this is the now and this is the future. I mean, just take a look at their influences: (from myspace) : music robots, pkd, murdering monsters, star trek, the fall, blakes 7, billy idol, dr who, battletruck, bauhaus, judge dread, cortina, futurama, guitar wolf, wictyst, cock esp, hodogs, catpower, f leger, yoko ono & john lennon, thee strap ons, isaac asiminov, pere ubu, the aesthetics, sigue sigue sputnik, talking heads, public image ltd, survivor, wssoes, otto dix, duicide, halo jones, international telepaths, frederick pohl, joy division/new order, pink & green & blue, suicide, star wars, dr strange love, 2000ad!, blondie, 6 feet under, bratmobile, royal trux, 3d movies, krazy kat, teenage panzercorps, the face, metal mickey, iron maiden, the gordons, willie dixon, margeret atwood, death, tivol, gfrenzy, pablo picasso, acdc, the simpsons, 6 finger satelite, john waters, dungeon, scrooge mcduck, kurt vonnegut, teenage panzercorps, glittering lights, monster dogs, ringo.

The Futurians wouldn't be the Futurians without Beth Dawson a.k.a duckling monster.
Beth is a one-woman army..a vocalist with no comparison, a peerless cultural engineer who has re-invigorated the wellington underground through her many bands and her spacething enterprise. The welly old-guard shudder and moan about it all, the zinesters and scenesters support it all.
Neither would they be the same without their mad Korg comptroller ISO12. Or without the dirge guitar of Clayton Noone - and the nasty minimalism of Sean Norling. crikey - i have basically said the Futurians wouldn't be The Futurians if they didn't have band members. How convoluted. my apologies.
last night The Futurians played a set at the masonic lodge in Port Chalmers, unfortunately the last show to be put on there (council issues and residential complaints rendering the culture of the lil' port void until 'Chicks' re-emerges as an art-hub). what a show to go out on. I played around 9pm, successfully implementing a more sober approach to my performance, my sax stabs'n'jabs all in-sync and tight, ad-lib sections carefully determined before-hand...attitude all vicious and ironic...stoned-dude groany'n'deep vibrato lay upon th' country'n'western suicide-a-billy twang-ology vocal gymnastick. pats-on-the-back and warm reception.
Next was Onanon, (a reference to onanism?) a band i hadn't truely taken much notice of until last night, their new material mature and slick and evoking the melodious gaiety of The Clean, the schizoid cleverness of The Pixies, the smart-bomb punk architecture of The Swell maps, all the while retaining a sonic signature all their own. More Dunedin than Dunedin, they'd do real well in Australia and The USA. Kinda like Panel of Judges , from melbourne, they were more dunedin than dunedin too. But hey, it's a classic sound - a neat lil' approach to post-punk-dom and it's 21st century protagonists do not indulge in 'replication';they are innocently chanelling that original spirit.

Last on was The Futurians. And they conquered. many danced, many lived to tell the tale. There's was an approach synthesizing elements of no-wave, new-wave, synth-rock, drone rock, doom rock, kraut-rock, pt chalmers dirge, robot rock, riot grrllism, and calculator punk. if it's labels you wanted. all i say is; support them. If ye be in wellington, go check out anything Beth Dawson is inmvolved with. If Dunedin - check out wolfskull, iso 12, psychic sidekick...there a dozens of related acts all pious in their own rights. Go check out the soft abuse link above and buy an album. great use of comic book-mechanoid linguisitic in their titles.

Oh yeah go buy a Crude Cd too.


Robert said...

they does rule the world!

stephen said...

crikey - i have basically said the Futurians wouldn't be The Futurians if they didn't have band members.

Oh, I LOLd and LOLd. Perhaps they are just so much more than the sum of their parts?