Happy Tuesday, vote-happy kids: Have you heard of our brand-new Make A Band Famous category? Allow us to explicate: We have chosen 10 up-and-coming, awesome bands with thriving fanbases to face off in the ultimate competition. Five will be chosen — by fan vote — to play the O Music Awards on June 19 (those will be announced on May 31) and one of those five will get a HUGE opportunity: a once-in-a-lifetime shot to play VMA weekend in August, as well as the distinction of becoming MTV’s Artist to Watch, VH1’s You Oughta Know, or CMT’s Listen Up highlighted band. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of those 10 acts, The Future.
This indie pop quartet of brothers and friends calls Nashville, Tennessee, home – having come together from disparate parts of the country to form a band that creates highly danceable jams that resemble Franz Ferdinand and Spoon’s electro-tinged love child. With highly forward-looking band name in tow, this act could have a win in their, well, future.
Check out out Q&A with the entire band — see handy member guide below — and click vote here.
Adam – Lead singer, Songwriter
Jordan – Bass
John Michael Ford – Guitar
What is your earliest musical memory?
Holding a tiny acoustic guitar when I was four. In a picture from that Christmas I’m holding it upside down and backwards… Not much has changed. -JMF
Tell us a little bit about your songwriting process.
We jam a lot for a pop band. The stuff that moves us together in the room is what we chase. If it’s working then you can feel it. We’ll rewrite a song 100 times. Even after it’s been recorded it’s all still up for debate. – AC
Which of your songs do you think is the most representative of your music? Why? Tell us about it.
I’m gonna say ‘Don’t You Dare’ because it’s relentless and fun but a little dark. The message of it — that you love someone exactly how they are — is sweet and all, but then what if that person changes? Do you still love them? Where is the line between love and ownership? – AC
What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?
There is a clog routine to one of our songs. I cannot wait to see it, I fully expect to weep openly. – AC
What’s running through your head when you’re performing live?
Get in, cut loose. After a good show I will have no idea how the guys played. I am the last one who will critique us. I am somewhere else entirely. – AC
Which musicians inspire you and why?
Spoon, The National, Prince. Spoon because of how they’ve built from being dropped to where they are now and did it by just making great records. The National just hit on a sound and mood that they just own. Prince because Prince. -AC
What do you hope people do when they listen to your tunes?
Punch their best friend square in the mouth.
We want them to sing and dance. I do and it’s the most fun thing possible for me so more people should do it. So many bands play songs about dancing while they stand perfectly still. Not us, no way. – AC
Do you have signature style? If so, what is it?
Gosh, I don’t know that we own a genre at the moment. But I’d call it spazzy power pop. – AC
My style is to shift between subtle and obvious, shimmer and reverb to punchy hooks. In serving the song the texture of sound can be as integral as the notes I pick. -JMF
Kittens or puppies? Explain.
If I’m being diplomatic I would say both are adorable and each have their pros and cons. But if I’m being honest, cats are the worst. They make me sick, and if you’re a cat lady that’s a dealbreaker. – JC
Why should we vote for you?
Well, a vote for the future. Who’s against that? – AC