CD REVIEW: Your Future Lovers - Eat, Play, Leave
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Poppy & Hooky"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Your Future Lovers
CD: Eat, Play, Leave
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: John Maher, The Vanity Project, Great Big Sea, Bare-Naked Ladies
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: A few winded songs
San Jose based bands Your Future Lovers just released their debut CD – Eat, Play, Leave in 2012. Band members include Tom Jackson (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Greg McFall (Bass, Vocals), Alan Chang (Keys), and Brad Ranola (Drums) This CD was produced by Alan Chang.
The CD kicks things off with melodic “Intro” which leads you into Track 2 "The Train” a melodic guitar driven intro groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery from front man Jackson. Track 3 “Somebody in the Dark” serves up another hooky groove, with driving rock rhythm, melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and vocal accents from Jackson. Track 4 “This song on the Radio” shifts gears with its orchestral musical intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock ballad meshed with an infectious rock melody and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of John Maher, The Vanity Project, Great Big Sea, Bare-naked Ladies, Los Lonely Boys, Right from the start you will notice Chang and company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice, melodic poppy, hooky feel to it. The guitar playing is rock solid across the board as Chang and company dish out impressive guitar licks, rock solid rhythm guitar playing, impressive Piano and string movements and well placed keyboard accents. Jackson’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. The production quality is rock solid with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end punch. From heartfelt “Always” and “I got it Easy” to rocking ”Tell us a Story” to melodic "Snowballs” and grooving “Golden Bird” this 11 track CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 11 “Fun” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
In close Your Future Lovers” Lovers is an impressive poppy, hooky 11 song release from Chang and company. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove this 4 piece is on to something special. One would be wise to keep a watchful on them over the years to come.