By Lily Petkova
In the run up to their powerhouse of a gig at the Bodega on this Saturday 31st of March with TV Crime and Avalanche Party, we sat down with Future Shinjuku to talk the ‘Red Dot’ EP, Japan and the difference between the East and the West.
First of all, the name is pretty unique! Where did it come from?
The future as it would be in Shinjuku, Tokyo. All tech and no emotion.
What are the bands origins? How did you meet and decide to form the band?
Me (Paul) and Tom have played together before in other bands as have Brad and Fez. One drunken NYE I met Brad and Fez and showed them some of my then-bands stuff and I said I had a studio at Rubber Biscuit. Brad currently wasn’t with a band so it was decided to have a jam. Then it went from there…
Who does what in the band?
Brad – Vox, Guitar
Fez – Bass, backing vox
Tom – Synths, FX, Visuals
Paul – Drums, Backing Vox
How would you describe your sound in 3 words?
Futuristic, Progressive, Pop
What experiences do you bring to your song-writing? Who writes the songs? What’s the process you go through to write songs?
Brad usually has the initial idea and then we jam it out until we are happy with something. It can take anything from 10 minutes to 4 weeks to write a song. Depends on where we take it! One stipulation is it has to be mega-long.
How long did it take to make the ‘Red Dot’ EP? Which song are you most proud of?
Took about 5 months and 3 weeks to record. Get Out My Mind is always a crowd pleaser!
You travelled through Asia and were able to observe the contrast between the East and the West. What differences did you notice and how did that influence the band/what your music is like/the message behind it?
We just wanted to really send a message in some of the songs to raise awareness of issues that we feel should be voiced. Western elite generally exploit, destroy and take advantage of the poorer people and nations…
I’ve noticed you guys evoke a lot of Japanese imagery in the album art, the band name obviously and also in song names like ‘Red Dot, White Flag’ – what influenced this?
It all ties into influences of modern social culture in Japan. They seem to have a very pacifist and hard working approach to life and we could learn a lot from them.
What musical influences does the band have?
Mansun, Mars Volta, Oasis, Seal, East 17, Duran Duran.
What other things do you have planned for this year?
We’re hopefully releasing a single in May – the release show is at the Chameleon Arts Café on the 11th May. We are looking to do some other shows which we can’t talk about right now but all will be revealed…
What goals do you have as a band?
To write good tunes and see if anything happens. If success comes of that, good; if not, we are happy to be playing and creating.
What ups and downs have you experienced so far in the music business?
No up or downs, just mediocrity…..
What are your 3 most played songs right now?
Anemone – Brian Jonestown Massacre
Negative – Mansun
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul McCartney
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you want to meet?
£5 in advance, 7 on the door.
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