From the centre of Canada, futurekids deliver upbeat yet melancholy rockers infused with blips of pop culture references. The project’s debut EP, 2014’s Say Goodnight to the Machines, released through Inservice Records, was mastered by Juno-winner Jamie Sitar (Destroyer, You Say Party) and reached #38 on the Canadian national chart.
The group’s second release, This is Everything, was recorded in an Ontario cabin and features 13 songs that are not dissimilar to The Rentals, Wilco, and Angel Olsen. With its peak position at #14 on the Canadian national chart and lead single “White Girl in a Wu-Tang Shirt” being named Diamond Deposits’ top track of 2015, the next logical step for the band was to obviously release Like Like, an EP of covers.
After headlining such venues as The Park Theatre, The Windsor and The Rachel Browne Theatre for Nuit Blanche, in addition to sharing the stage with such acts as the Wet Secrets, Gay Nineties and Ghost Twin, futurekids changed its status from “live band” to “recording project” in 2017.
“Really cool, love the mood.” – Sam Wheat, engineer (Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Rolling Stones)
“Diggin’ your band!” – Rusty Matyas, musician/producer (Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities)
“Strikes a fine balance between vocal introspection and soaring instrumentation.” – Electric Sound of Joy
“There is an effortlessness to the sound of futurekids, but don’t be fooled – they have sharp wit akin to that of the 90s indie rockers who have clearly inspired them.” – Grayowl Point
“Essence of an old school record shop soundtrack with a cutting edge.” – The Permanent Rain Press
“A sound bred and borne from the heart, dead center.” – The Earology Dept.
“With a smooth blend of subtle twang and layered choral vocals, appropriately named new track ‘Americana’ is a porch sittin’ love letter to roots music featuring new vocalist Kaeleigh Ayre.” – Mad Mackerel
“Orchestral pop that will sweep you off your feet.” – Diamond Deposits
“DIY at its finest! Sounds like a cross between Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti & Eric’s Trip.” – Matthew Powers, musician (VAMPIRES, Midnight Review Presents)
“Liquid, shimmering guitar lines play off reverb and echo to spare, leading to a dream pop that alternates between soothing and epic, tense and tightly wound and freely unfurled.” – Scruffy the Yak