Future Silence’s new track will transport you to another universe using hypnotizing vocals over synth-heavy, intricate melodies.
The Chicago-based band is prepping to release their debut EP this September. Recorded while drummer Rosie Schubert was pregnant, the hazey dreamscape band comes out with a sound mirroring experimental post-punk legends like Depeche Mode and Sonic Youth. And while Future Silence may be otherworldly, they also pull inspiration from their very own city.
Schubert tells BTRtoday that Chicago is currently home to tons of fun bands. “If the Chicago bands I admire all have one thing in common, it’s most definitely that they all have distinctly unique sounds,” she says. The other two members of Future Silence, singer Shannon Roberts and keys/guitarist Kirk McMahon, agree and say they just want listeners to feel like “life in the void is a little more bearable” through their music.
“Aliens,” premiering below, is catchy yet eerie. Roberts’ dreamy vocals pull you in and probe your mind with music so alluring, you’d swear you were in the grasp of a space siren. Future Silence is currently in the works with more music and videos and the self-titled EP comes out this September 13 on vinyl via the Australian label Half A Cow. (Pre-order here.)
In the meantime, listen to their newest track “Aliens” and read the entire interview with Future Silence below.
BTRtoday (BTR): What does Future Silence mean to you?
Shannon Roberts (SR): For me, it means we’ll all be silent soon enough so we might as well make some noise now.
BTR: Have you guys been in projects other than Future Silence?
Rosie Schubert (RS): I was always a guitarist in bands before this, and it was mostly metal bands. I didn’t pick up drums until a couple of years ago. I did get to play accordion and some violin with Republic of Lights, but I had to really layer the reverb on the violin because I’m terrible at it. I was also given the chance to record keys for Sabertooth Rodeo a few years back. It’s my husband’s recording project, and he probably just asked me to do it because he was sick of hearing me try to play the violin, but I really enjoyed it anyway.
SR: Kirk’s musical versatility is pretty insane. It’s hard to compare it to anyone else I’ve worked with. I’ve been in other projects, STAR, Modern Tyranny, Devil’s Ghost, Gun Creeps. It feels like everyone in Chicago is in at least two bands at any given time.
BTR: Tell me about this upcoming EP—what kind of blood, sweat and tears went into it?
RS:I have horrible red light syndrome, and I was extremely nervous about recording drums because I’d never done it before. I was also morning sick, but no one in the band knew I was pregnant yet so I just powered through it with a bag of Rold Golds and 7up. However, tracking actually went really well. Our engineer (Balthazar de Ley) really knew how to put everyone at ease.
Kirk McMahon (KM):That was badass of Rosie.
SR: Yeah, Rosie and Kirk did all the hard work. Jacco Kuipers did, too. He played bass on the recordings. Balthazar was the best engineer I could have hoped for, he’ so laid back.
BTR: What’s sort of emotional reaction do you hope your music evokes in your listeners?
KM: That life in the void is a little more bearable
BTR: Who and/or what are some of your inspirations?
SR: The city of Chicago. Right now there are so many fun bands in this city. Born Days, Lala Lala,Jollys, Melkbelly, Fee Lion, Pixel Grip, American Breakfast, Fauvely. It goes on. Touched By Ghoul are easily one of the most phenomenal bands I’ve ever seen live. If the Chicago bands I admire all have one thing in common, it’s most definitely that they all have distinctly unique sounds. But I’ve always been inspired by Matthew Smith of Outrageous Cherry, Yoko Ono and Bjork. One of the first songs I taught myself on guitar was the Lemonhead’s “Shaky Ground” written by Nic Dalton and Tom Morgan so being on Nic’s Half A Cow label has special meaning to me.
BTR: Tell me about “Aliens.” What was the creative process of writing it like?
SR: Kirk had this music that was so vivid that the second I heard it I basically was running to my ipad to record my vocals. I don’t remember thinking too much about the vocals or anything. I just remember listening to it finished that night and being grateful to Kirk for making such a cool track.
BTR: Other than the EP, what should we keep an eye out for in the future of Future Silence?
SR: We’ve got some videos coming and more music. We have so many songs.