Future Loves Past (FLP) has been seducing audiences with their music since their very first show in 2010. FLP has been selected to play a showcase at CMJ’s Music Marathon in NYC where they hope to earn some new fans and hopefully, new opportunities. For those of you who are not in the know, CMJ it’s a very big deal.
According to the site:
“CMJ Music Marathon is one of the world’s most important platforms for the discovery of new music. For five nonstop days and nights, CMJ features over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 of New York City’s greatest nightclubs and theaters”
I recently interviewed FLP’s singer Eric Palmer about his and band mate Tristan Dede’s recent move to Los Angeles, if that helped the band in terms of connections and opportunities.
“I moved here because I wanted to move for so many reasons. Moving here was not putting our band in a good position.”
Palmer needed a change, and as many stories go, he moved for a relationship that ultimately didn’t sustain. However from that break up was born the material for the EP they released earlier this month.
“I wrote a Hold on Tight and Sacrifice, both of them are inspired by breaking up with my girlfriend and being upset. Sacrifice is more of an existential crisis.”
Thank goodness for creatives and pain, the world would be a mundane place without the cathartic process. The EP – Hold on Tight has three songs and one binaural track.
“The binaural is loaded with nice frequencies, white and pink noise: 528 love frequency. And 8 hertz, alpha brainwaves, they makes you feel good and relaxed. The chord progression will probably be in a future song.”
This is one of my favorite FLP releases so far. It has a good blend of the creative FLP influences, with short, accessible songs.
“The drum sounds even are hip hop inspired. Cupid (from a previous release) is more of the sound they are going for. Less drum mics, dirtier and tonally darker. Sean Wintrow sings the second song. The music focuses on melodies, pop hooks, a repeating choruses.”
It is a distinct diversion from some of their past, funky bass driven material. Was that intentional?
“We missed the opportunity to deliver pop in a pop way – or more of repetitive way. We wanted to be not overly weird in the arrangement of the songs. More like the music that I like, it made sense to deliver the songs this way.”
And what of these opportunities they’ve had such as the Make Music Festival they played and CMJ?
“The opportunities are coming through the natural progression of our band, growing on our own. We’ve been sending it to college radio.I got us a few gigs by applying on Sonic Bids, that’s how we got Make Music Festival. We got 150 visits on bandcamp just for being on the bill.”
It’s expensive to take a group to New York, particularly for struggling musicians. If any group of people were deserving of community support, it would be this group of hard working creatives who have big dreams and even bigger hearts. FLP has helped donate time and talents to their fellow local musicians playing CD release parties, doing artwork for albums and shows from band members Eric Palmer and Sarah Hibner, and even some video work from Tristan Dede.
Watch their self-made crowd funding video, delivered in the cheese-humor style we’ve come to expect from Future Loves Past.
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