Future Loves Past Present the Solar System
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013 03:01
Future Loves Past is one of the hardest working bands in town, often blending visual art with their unique psych indie rock. Frontman Eric Palmer says their latest concept show, “Our Solar System,” is the band’s biggest endeavor to date.
Future Loves Past hopes to record their planetary album next year but also have two other concept albums in the works about colors and spirit goddesses from the astral realm. Palmer chatted with College Times about the show and what they have in store for us all.
College Times: How did this all get started?
Eric Palmer: I wrote a song called “Earth” and a song called “Jupiter” and “Neptune” a few years ago. I think I wrote “Earth” first and then I was like, “Oh, I’ll just write a song about every planet.” Last month I think I expressed the idea to Sean [Wintrow] and he started getting into it. He started writing some and then we wrote the rest last March. I don’t know. It just started with that one song with no intention of anything else and then it turned into a whole concept album.
How did the idea for the show come together?
I just wanted to make it as badass as possible so I thought the most badass thing to do is to have naked people body painted and who are wearing headdresses… and that would be the best thing to do. I just thought we have to do that.
Who’s in charge of that?
I tracked down somebody who could do the art direction. Her name is Alexandr’e Le Nay. She is designing the costumes. I think we just gave her some guidelines for what the songs are about and she’s designing the way to paint [the models] and their hair and their headdresses. The day of the show I’m just going to be there basically doing whatever she says.
What else do you have planned?
There’s a lot of things that we’re trying to make as much as possible. The stage is going to be highly decorated (we’re only the band that’s going to play inside). We’re also trying to decorate the outside stage. We will probably be giving out glow sticks and beach balls and shit like that. We’re encouraging people to wear really legit sci-fi costumes and they get a free CD. Their most sci-fi costumes and accessories and anything conducive to that kind of show.
Are the other bands participating?
I know for a fact that Avery wrote a couple songs for this about the solar system or about space. I’m not exactly sure which. I talked to her a while ago and told her to write songs about anything related and she says she wrote a few songs.
Are the two singles (“Saturn” and “Mercury”) a good representation of the album to come?
Kind of. We go all different places. If you hear the contrast between those songs they are way across the spectrum from each other. It’ll give you an idea of how we use a lot of different sounds, but it’s always kind of united by different aspects like vocals and background harmonies. And, it’s usually really driven by bass lines and beats but also melody and intense background vocals in each song. You never go more than 15 seconds without some harmony background vocals in any of our music.
Seems pretty satisfying.
Yeah, I mean I kind of do everything as an artistic endeavor. Even what other people do that they don’t think is art. Like, if you’re a plumber you might not think you’re an artist but in some ways you’re in an artist if you get the drain unclogged.
Our Solar System Concept Show by Future Loves Past w/Some Magical Animal, Wizards of Time, Avery, All My Friends, Sail Inn, December 29, 8 p.m., $12 adv, $15 dos