Future Monarchs - Weird Weather
Future Monarchs are a Chicago raised indie rock outfit merging influences of blues, folk, alternative and 60s pop and attempting to channel them into something melodically intriguing and effective. Weird Weather is a six song EP chock full of pop hooks and feel good pop bombast, a good old fashioned combination of sweet melodic vocals and organic sounding instrumentation.
Arguably opening with their best foot forward, Evil Art is the bands most convincing moment on display here, an instantly immediate sounding alt rock pop song that welcomes you in with open arms. Jake Anderson delivers warm pop hooks aplenty whilst Bobby Lord and crew lay down some affective indie rock backing, Future Monarchs doing a fine job of winning you over from the get go.
Whilst not quite reaching this particular high again, Weird Weather nonetheless offers up a selection of equally likeable songs, Bells and Landslide more melodic pop tunes that reveal this outfits songwriting and performance prowess. My Old Ways has echoes of The Shins in its immaculate 60s pop meets 70s Laurel Canyon soft rock style, Anderson again croons with a self assured confidence that shines like bright sunshine, launching into a gloriously melodic chorus that can't fail to win over even the most cynical of hearts.
Cigarette Smoke inhabites much of the same territory, and whilst the hooks may be slightly less effective, there's a nice psychedelic underpinning in the guitars and organ arrangement the lend things a definite edge. Closing number, Lydia is a melancholic ballad with gentle orchestral flourishes and subtle acoustic guitar work, Future Monarchs ending things with something of a hushed whisper, though a classy and baroque one.
A delightfully melodic and feel good EP full of bold pop hooks and classy arrangements, Weird Weather finds Future Monarchs in top form. Channelling their obvious influences into something, if not wholly unique then definitely special, this is the sound of Future Monarchs winning your hearts with style and aplomb.
Future Monarchs/Brother George/Little Indians/New Originals
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:30pm in CST