OUT AUGUST 30TH VIA MUSIC FOR NATIONS
“An album filled with songs that are stand-alone Herculean anthems” – Upset 5/5
“Arguably the debut album of the year already” – Classic Rock 9/10
“A brilliant collection of future punk songs that are very much a product of our troubled times… the perfect soundtrack with which to meet the apocalypse” – Kerrang 4/5
“Sizzling rock’n’roll and truckloads of swagger clash in a shower of sequins on this industrial punk outfit’s bold boundary pushing debut” – Rock Sound, ‘Perfect 10’
“An immersive blend of industrial noise-punk, alt-rock and swelling synths [that] occupies a space somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and Death from Above 1979… Black Futures have crafted an anarchic call to arms” – Metal Hammer 8/10
“There are enough off kilter festival singalongs on Never Not Nothing to make any Neo-psychedelic alternative rockers happy” – Aesthetica
Sentient sonic anarchists Black Futures have released their debut album, Never Not Nothing, out now via Music For Nations.
A collection of apocalyptic anthems emanating from a source of caustic melody and infectious distortion, Never Not Nothing is a further revelation from their vision of a crumbling world, inhabited by a cast of random reprobates and shot through with a sardonic British humour: a devastating gathering of monumental, maximalist and magnificent music, laser-honed to conquer what’s left of the world.
Cerebral new single ‘Body & Soul’ follows the band’s previous releases ‘Tunnel Vision’ (an unrelenting Krautrock-inspired explosion), ‘Love’ (a gritty slab of industrial rave), ‘Karma Ya Dig!?’ (a psychedelic anthem of solidarity), ‘Riches’ (think NIN-meets-MGMT), ‘Trance’ (a euphoric-rock bliss-blast) and the corroded Kasabian garage-glam of ‘Me.TV’ featuring a call-to-arms monologue from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie – all of which feature on their upcoming debut album, Never Not Nothing.
Unconventional and brilliant, when Black Futures (the duo of Space and Vibes) finally inked their deal – with the legendary Music For Nations label – they did so literally; tattooing themselves and others with the band’s logo in the boardroom of Sony Music, surrounded by their tribe of hazmat-wearing devotees. That logo, and slogan, Never Not Nothing, “means absolutely nothing but absolutely everything at the same time,” says Space. “It’s all encompassing”; “Infinite nothingness,” Vibes adds.
BLACK FUTURES: LIVE DATES
UK TOUR w/ BLACK PEAKS
03/10 – Manchester, Gorilla
04/10 – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
05/10 – Glasgow, Garage
06/10 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
08/10 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
10/10 – Bristol, The Fleece
11/10 – London, Camden Electric Ballroom
Having learnt their craft by writing with The Prodigy and producing Idles, Black Futures’ single releases gradually unveiled their manifesto. ‘Love’ was based on the idea that “if it’s end of times, you’ve got ten minutes left, what are you gonna do? You’re gonna go around and tell everyone you love them, then get weird.” The mellower, more psychedelic ‘Karma Ya Dig!?’ was an anthem of solidarity, a tribute to friends Space had lost to suicide: “It’s the idea of holding the best of the people you lose in your mind and letting them live on through that.”
At the dawn of 2018, the NIN-meets-MGMT ‘Riches’ laid bare their dismissive disdain for all things financial, complete with mid-song infomercial, and later that year the sonic meta-rock bliss-blast that is ‘Trance’ hit a stunned radio, accompanied by a website encouraging club members to “tell me all your secrets”.
Tours with Skindred and Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes and a plethora of festival dates including All Points East, Camden Rocks, Download Festival and Glastonbury throughout 2018 and 2019 have taught Black Futures to create intense events in any situation. Hazmats paraded across stages waving flags of futuristic revolution or crowd-surfed on inflatable unicorns. “If we come up with a stupid idea we’ll probably make it happen,” says Space, “but only once.”
Then, early in 2019, came the corroded Kasabian garage glam of ‘Me. TV’, a call for social revolution to overthrow the modern me-me-me mindset and what Bobby Gillespie, in his guest rap, calls “hyper-capitalist zombification”. “We’d written the manifesto of the song,” Space says, “we wanted someone to punctuate it with something really visceral, a call to arms. He was at the top of the list.”
And now, Black Futures’ are preparing to eject their debut album Never Not Nothing, a further insight to their vision of a crumbling world, inhabited by a cast of random reprobates and shot through with a sardonic British humour. It features new single ‘Tunnel Vision’ and is a devasting collection of monumental, maximalist and magnificent music, laser-honed to conquer what’s left of the world.
‘Never Not Nothing’
Love (feat. P.O.S)
Karma Ya Dig!?
Me.TV (feat Bobby Gillespie)
Body & Soul
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Black Futures have also recently unveiled the new single, ‘Body & Soul’.
‘Body & Soul’ showcases two integral pieces of the Black Futures formula – the calm and the chaos. Catchy and infectious melodies swell throughout the verses, creating a false sense of security which is shattered by the thunderous distortion of the ground-quaking chorus.
Featuring footage from Expedition 001, which saw the band circumnavigate the globe in one trip taking in the vast desolation of Joshua Tree – where they erected a monolithic logo in the middle of a hippy commune and played a strung-out gig as witnessed in video for previous single ‘Trance’ – to performing an outrageous set in an abandoned Russian Cold War bunker in Berlin where Soviet warheads had been aimed at the West.
The Expedition also saw them spend time in the Far East where the duo filmed the video for ‘Body & Soul’ in the metropolis of Tokyo. Amid tropical heat and the anarchic influence of the city’s punk clubs, the video features a breakdancing hazmat dancer whose energy and movement mirrors the track’s infectious intensity.
Black Futures state: “‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.
“Drain your brain of hyper capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free! …..
Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”
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