Line Up (not in order):
More to be announced!
With sets by:
Featuring Bugs and Rats, Krill, Leagues, Future Carnivores, The Monsieurs, Ramming Speed,Cottaging, Love-Up Time and New England Patriots
Featuring Future Carnivores and the Wrong Shapes
Radio, Somerville, MA
Radio, Somerville, MA
T.T. the Bear's, Cambridge, MA
Radio, Somerville, MA
Outside in Union Square, Somerville, MA
Radio, Somerville, MA
Radio, Somerville, MA
Presented by GirlBoyGirlBoy Records, AS BUILT PR, and Massasoit Elks Lodge
Celebrate Future Carnivores CD release with sets by:
Cambridge Massasoit Elks Lodge, Cambridge, MA
O'Briens, Allston, MA
PA's Lounge, Somerville, MA
The Noise - October 2nd, 2013
"The swoony, mind-manifesting tracks like “Could Be the Start,” and “She Goes Out Dancing With the Girls,” set a standard of sorts—willfully strange, like the most radical synth-driven rock of the early ’80s (e.g., OMD) yet also decidedly (pre)modern. “The Drugs…” continues in the same swoony vein with more of an early Pink Floyd ambiance but is otherwise incomparable. “Twice” is more conventional–less unmoored; more melodramatic, depending for its effects on a more conventional structure yoked to a recurrent oddball (yet strangely affable) riff. Album standout “The State of Things” is more in a Magnetic Fields vein, but is nonetheless full of drone and ambient noise which also brings Eno to mind. Heaven-rock, some might call it; ecstatic, repetitive, and effects-driven, yet undeniably appealing; this one is best of show. What we have her might very well prove a cult band in the making. (Francis DiMenno)"
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January 2, 2013
Another great year! I need 15 spaces for my top ten and could have easily added a few more... 1. Krill, Alam No Hris 2. Autochrome, Separation Realms 3. Various Artists, Boston & Beyond: SXSW 2012
5. Foolish Ida, Book II 6. Dirty Dishes, Most Tarnished Birds 7. Hands and Knees, Red Hot Minnow 8. Milling Gowns, Something Dangerous Loves Me 9. Novel Ideas, Home 10. Plumerai, Mondegreen 11. Avoxblue, A Place Without Time 12. Mission of Burma, Unsound 13. Black Fortress of Opium, Stratospherical 14. Mean Creek, Youth Companion 15. Exusamwa, Phase IV Source
December 10, 2012
We keep watching this video: it's got drama, it's got understated humor, and it's for a great song we listened to a lot this year. And this is a pretty "old dude" thing to say, but most of all, it makes us miss the golden age of MTV, when there were videos like this, and this, and this. Stuff that was fun, quirky, and incorporated the band, hopefully performing, maybe not. Future Carnivore's terrific clip is akin to the sort of televisual stuff we gorged ourselves on heavily from about 1981 (starting with HBO's Video Jukebox) until we hit driving age in 1990.
"What's Unbelievable" is a highlight of the band's very strong self-titled set ("a delicious anomaly that listeners will return to again and again"), which was released early this year and which we reviewed right here. The video for the tune was directed by Future Carnivores/Guillermo Sexo guitarist Reuben Bettsak and features performances by Ryan Lee Crosby, Mariam Saleh of the very hotly tipped Fat Creeps and Alana Sacks of Poor Everybodys. After you've gotten your fill of the clip for "What's Unbelievable," click through those other videos we linked at the top of the piece and note some similarities: apparently some aspects of great video making never change. Source
April 19, 2012
Remember those Marvel Team Up comics they used to have, where they'd partner up two heroes for some reason every month? They'd come up with a reason for Spiderman and Wolverine to fight bad guys together, because while one superhero on the cover is good, two is better. That's sort of what we've got going on tomorrow night at Radio with Future Carnivores, which teams up Guillermo Sexo's Reuben Bettsak with The Wrong Shapes/MEandJOANCOLLINS' Bo Barringer. There are no bad guys to fight, as far as we know, so instead of protecting the Earth from some crazy threat, they've used their powers to craft some of the most intelligent rock out there. It's a sound full of delay effects, room-shaking percussion, synth explorations, and guitar magic that jumps between their favorite genres with ease. You'll hear elements of German electro that could have come out of a concrete slab disco bar in Munich next to some early Bowie-style, freak-out-the-normals Britpop in one track; then a bit of Sonic Youth noise and Rolling Stones swagger in the next. They play whatever suits them, and since they're both crazily talented songwriters, it always works. Source
Mar 31, 2012
A glance at FC's onstage line-up - Bo Barringer of MEANDJOANCOLLINS-legacy and present-day GUILLERMO SEXO players Reuben Bettsak and Noell Dorsey reinforced by stereo drum kits and bass - might've left unfamiliar listeners expecting quite a bit of bombast. As in, more bombast than you'll hear on FC's shimmering self-titled new record. I hate, hate writing words like "unclassifiable", but maybe I can't weasel around it this time. Should I call FC glam-gaze? Uneasy listening? Indie rock reimagined by Lorne the demon lounge singer from Angel?
Regardless, it's cool stuff. I'm not sure if it was around the time they executed a fresh number sporting wackachicka-wackachicka-wackachicka guitar slicing, or when both drummers simultaneously crushed a big gnarly fusion-ish breakdown, but the stage-enveloping combo cracked into a rarely-inhabited threshold between elegance and noise. Maybe that could be their genre - "Eleganoise". Source
Mar 30, 2012
"This Won’t Be Boring" is a bold promise to make in a song title, but luckily enough the Future Carnivores make good (we sort of knew they would) on the guarantee with a on/off kilter rhythm and flowing, small-gang vocals. The non-standard drums turn the song over and over, as if the entire affair is taking place inside a giant rock (music) tumbler. Elements fly by our ears and roll under our feet and keep us from knowing exactly which way is up. All we know is that we enjoy when one of those soon-to-be-sparkly rocks flies by. Read more...
Mar 27, 2012
Future Carnivores accomplish here on their eponymous full-length debut an elegant feat: the Boston-based electropop act successfully surpasses homage, a mile marker that even if it can be reached often trips up bands mining the motherlode of the early MTV era. To be sure, the record sounds as if it were made in the '80s, not just from a production standpoint, and not just because of certain nods made via the songwriting, but because of Future Carnivores' ability to deftly synthesize deconstructed pop with the same sense of wonder and optimistic, well, futurism as the act's quirky and weird-haired antecedents. Through this terrific alchemy principle members Reuben Bettsak, Bo Barringer and Noell Dorsey (who work with two drummers live) conjure gold by presenting maximalist melodic concepts in diminutive, sleek packages. That winning combination makes Future Carnivores the first refreshing surprise of 2012. Read more...
Listening to this album makes me feel like I'm floating care-free in tranquil amniotic waters. I can't get enough - from the trance-inducing tribal rhythms to the warm melodic plunkings of the bass to the layers upon layers of textural guitars, tinkling like a porch full of wind-chimes. Then, of course, there's the zen synth chanting long electronic oms. Now, if all this electro-bliss doesn't getcha, the guy/girl vocal harmonies sure as hell will. The guy's vocal style has a palpable Bowie influence from the nasally baritone crooning to the the airy falsetto. It's just enough to cultivate the soulful art-rock vibes these guys are dishing out without becoming parody. Altogether, this band weaves a complex soundscape that's uplifting, amorous, and brimming with joie-de-vivre. Source
March 7, 2012
One could fill a large bathhouse with all the bands affiliated with Future Carnivores, but the dual-drumming orchestral indie-rock sextet is now more than a fanciful side-project for those in Guillermo Sexo, the Wrong Shapes, etc. Their homonymous debut record, to be released at the Tiger Mountain dance party, sparkles when it wants to and seduces when it needs to. Read more
Bo Barringer, guitar + vox (ex-MEandJOANCOLLINS, The Collisions), Pepe Anzalone, drums (Cult 45, Guillermo Sexo, Leagues), Steve Wade, bass. Future Carnivores now distilled down to a power trio for 2016. New album out soon!"