FS June 2016Future States is a psychedelic pop band who make music that rewards repeat headphone listens as much as it inspires fevered dancing. Their music is built on layers of weaving keys, woozy guitars, and sampled sounds, paired with a propulsive rhythm section. On top of these dense textures sit pristine pop melodies and reverb-soaked harmonies.

Based out of Montreal and Ottawa, Future States consists of Chuck Bronson (Guitar, Vocals), Brodie Conley (Guitar, BV), Daniel Gélinas (Drums, BV), Nicolas Hyatt (Keys, BV) and David Lacalamita (Bass, BV). Their unique sound emanates directly from their collaborative ethos. The band draw from varied musical backgrounds and educations —experimental composition, psych/prog, jazz, indie rock, and folk —working diligently together until each song becomes more than the sum of its individual parts. This process is aided by Gélinas, who acts as the band’s in-house recording engineer. The result is a tapestry of musical influences, put together like a puzzle that yields a satisfying whole.

Recorded over a two week period at a church in Northern Ontario, Casual Listener, their first full length LP, sees Future States charting a path between two poles of their musical interest — pop songcraft and improvisation. The arrangements for Apostolic, Lulu, Wish You Well and Violencia highlight the former, with carefully orchestrated melodic and rhythmic ideas, and meticulous attention paid to instrumental layers. In contrast, You Got It All Wrong, Regress to the Mean and the album’s multiple interlude tracks showcase how the musical relationships within the band play out in real-time, with loose arrangements made possible by the freedom to improvise together and record late into the night in the church-turned-studio. The quiet album closer Sudo Su pairs Bronson’s abstract lyrics with delicate vocal harmonies, eerie church organ, an ethereal ringing bell, and pizzicato cello performed by Christine Bronson, sampled and carefully re-arranged by Hyatt into Norman McLaren-esque percussive pops. Together, the songs on Casual Listener are testament to the venn-diagram that is Future States’ music— experimentation that feeds into polished pop.


06/07/2017 – Ottawa Life – Bluesfest Preview

18/04/2017 – Ottawa Life – Show review ‘Luyas / YNGTH / Future States’

13/04/2017 – Apartment 613 – Podcast

12/12/2016 – Exclaim! – Future States “Sudo Su” Video Premiere

9/12/2016 – BeatRoute Magazine – Future States – Casual Listener Review

27/11/2016 – Ride The Tempo – Future States – You Got It All Wrong

4/11/2016 – Grayowl Point – One-on-One with Future States

31/10/2016 – Grid City Magazine – On Tour: Future States

28/10/2016 – THRDCOAST – REVIEW: Future States – Casual Listener

28/10/2016 – Said the Gramophone – Casual Listener (Mr. Mario)

27/10/2016 – Vice NOISEY – Future States Pull Psychedelic Rock Into the Unknown with New Album ‘Casual Listener’

25/10/2016 – Austin Town Hall – More New Music From Future States

24/10/2016 – Voir – À découvrir: Future States lance l’extrait “Apostolic”

24/10/2016 – A Pessimist is Never Disappointed – Wish You Well: A Short Review of the New Future States Album

18/10/2016 – Les Petites Manies – 5 albums à écouter pour contrer la grisaille d’octobre

17/10/2016 – Golden Mixtape – Future States: Casual Listener

03/10/2016 – Stereogum – Premiere: Future States – “Lulu”

03/10/2016 – Chart Attack – Now Hear This

14/09/2016 – Ottawa Citizen – Future States primed for ‘musical harvest’ of CityFolk

17/03/2016 – Ottawa Citizen – Hot gigs to see this week

02/03/2016 – Said the Gramophone – Get some rest when you are sick

14/02/2016 – Les Petites Manies – 4 shows que tu ne dois pas manquer ce mois-ci

09/02/2016 – Weird Canada – New Canadiana :: Future States – Cassiopeia

31/12/2015 – Bucketlist Music Reviews – Future States – Cassiopeia

21/12/2015 – Grayowl Point – Review – “Cassieopia”

15/12/2015 – Vice NOISEY – Future States Explore the Comforting Warmness of Nostalgia 

26/11/2016 – Huck Magazine – Diving for scallops with Canada’s best chef

24/02/2015 – Spacerockmountain – Scenes of a City, Vol. 9: Montréal, Qc

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