With appeal for both lovers of space-age and vintage, FUTURIST has been likened to the visions of Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, and Spoon. The band is known for its associations with folk-lore and psychedelia, with elements of this culture permeating the group’s instrumentation, effects, and composition.
Their debut 2011 LP War Is Yesterday laid foundation for the anthemic duality found throughout the band’s core sound. The Deli Magazine NYC wrote:
‘FUTURIST hearkens to the past with the sounds of strings and colonial drumbeats, but the underlying darkness meshed with sunny demeanor proves they offer enough light to burn.
Lovaas’s records have premiered on Billboard, Idolator, Culture Collide, Ones to Watch and We Found New Music. In 2017, he released his debut single, “Lie,” which garnered over 5M plays and appeared on Spotify’s Chill Vibes and Pop Chillout playlists. The following year, he dropped “Find,” a single produced with artists Shallou and Kasbo that reached 17M streams as well as “Prove It,” which earned 3M streams and a place on Starbuck’s Coffeehouse playlist. Lovaas’s most recent releases Talk Slow and Finally Fallen gained over 50 playlist placements as well as Apple Song Of The Day. Both songs are from his upcoming EP which will release May 31st.
Lovaas was fourteen and performing at an intimate open mic in his hometown of Carlsbad, CA, when he caught the attention of Jason Mraz, who began to mentor him and develop him as his protégé. Lovaas quickly emerged as an intuitive and prolific songwriter. Throughout his teenage years, he found his way up the coast and into studio sessions in Los Angeles. Today, his writing draws on a youth spent falling in and out of love in a small beach town and demonstrates the restraint and maturity of a seasoned artist.
Almost 10 years later, after playing countless shows locally, the band released Adults in 2013, which they recorded with producer/engineer Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, The Misfits). This also marked their first release with bassist Kevin Smart. In 2015, they reached a turning point with the release of their single “Chardonnay,” recorded with producer Paul Levitt (All Time Low, Have Mercy). This began a transition from their pop-punk beginnings to put more focus on their pop sensibilities. Spring of 2016 marked the arrival of their self-released, self-produced EP I’m So Dead, showcasing their shift from a fast, loud pop-punk band to a more groove driven, pop-rock sound. It also landed them recognition from MTV who called the EP “the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season.” They recorded at Cannon’s New Jersey studio but produced and mixed the album themselves.
Meanwhile, between recording stints, the band continued touring aggressively whether it be self-booked stretches with their peers, touring/performing with acts like Neon Trees, The All American Rejects, The Academic, Jake Miller, Punchline or even following Vans Warped Tour to reach new fans and compete to see who could sell the most CDs and merch. These efforts show the bands perseverance and hustle that they display on and off the road.
Fragile Heart (released May 2017) is the band’s most collaborative effort to date and, once again, done with a DIY mentality with the drums and vocals being predominantly recorded from home. With Fragile Heart, The Stolen have accomplished something that sounds both familiar and comforting with an ’80s pop vibe that is simultaneously young, fresh and new.
Their single “Overboard,” (released Feb 2018) which hit No. 21 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, perfectly illustrates where the band’s sound is going.
“Kristin Hersh is a musical genius” — Huffington Post
“A fearless rock innovator” — New York Times
“Possible Dust Clouds finds a kind of euphoria in its state of emergency” — Financial Times
“Possible Dust Clouds reinforces that Kristin Hersh is not just persevering in the now but flourishing as she makes some of the finest music of her career” — The Vinyl District
“The work of an artist both singular and shape-shifting, always herself but never predictable” — Uncut
“The portal to Hersh’s carefully documented world of otherness” — Mojo
“A stunning, stealthy, faintly malevolent collection of songs” — Q
“Possible Dust Clouds is her finest body of work to date. Dazzling and always fantastically bewildering.” — Drowned In Sound
Prior to that, Fred was active as a drummer and bass player in numerous bands centered on the Newport RI hardcore punk scene.
In addition to playing music, Fred earned his Ph.D in Humanities in 2016.
The bands unique sonic blend, which teeters on the edge of pop and alternative rock, is the result of each member coming from different musical upbringings ranging from musical theater to horn-laden funk to psychedelic rock music.
Since their formation in 2015, the band has gone on to perform all over the east coast opening for national acts including Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Blues Traveler, The Robert Randolph Band, and The Record Company. Their highly touted single, “Not Quite Done Yet”, went viral on social media platforms and has accumulated close to a half a million streams on Spotify since its release. The hit song was featured in the blockbuster video game ‘Nascar Heat 2” this past fall. The bands song “Run Around Town” was also featured in the film “Back in the Day” starring Alec Baldwin.
A true living legend of songwriting, Jimmy Webb’s been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for some forty years. And he’s still doing it. Now on tour with his newest CD, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” Jimmy Webb is engaging his audiences like never before. Though some might still not know his name, they know the songs: “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park,” and many more. And those are just the famous ones. Webb is one of those rare songwriters who manages to bring a genuine measure of magic to everything he touches.
“He’s a prodigious performer, and a night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It’s hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs. Webb is still at it, thankfully, and if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does.” -American Songwriter Magazine
“Mr. Webb is a superb natural melodist whose best songs often combine the tuneful directness of country music with the unabashedly romantic harmonic palette of classic Hollywood film scores.” – The New York Times