Your Future Lovers - Eat. Play. Leave.
As the father of a preteen girl, I was admittedly wary upon first seeing the name Your Future Lovers displayed on my player. When I found out they're based in Los Angeles, the old school, wannabe rocker in me shuddered slightly at the prospect of another ‘lock up your daughters' type band slithering from the depths of the Sunset Strip. And their debut album (Eat. Play. Leave.), while cutely titled, did little to change my initial ‘love 'em and leave ‘em' opinion.
Thank goodness I actually pressed play, or else I would have missed out on some pretty darn good pop rock, the kind you don't mind leaving your car radio tune to because the song is so catchy. Get any thoughts of late-night seediness out of your head; this is convertible top down, cruising on Sunset Boulevard music with the occasional touch of spiritualism, "This Song on the Radio" being a perfect example. Singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Tom Jackson shows plenty of sensitivity, but this ain't no Julia Roberts chick flick...er, make that record! Maybe what's most appealing to me is how Jackson's voice has a bit of a rasp to it, which I find adds authenticity to an otherwise veneer production. He and his Your Future Lover bandmates aren't afraid to cross the wrong side of the tracks so to speak on "Tell Us a Story", and "Rotten on the Vine" even sees them get a little heavy. (Gasp!)
At Eat. Play. Leave.'s core though is good old-fashioned, unadulterated pop grooves that finds unsuspecting listeners waving their arms uncontrollably like during runaway locomotive opener "The Train". Have I mentioned how impressed I am with Jackson's voice? On "I Got It Easy", he brings things down even lower, so much so that I thought I had found my old Crash Test Dummies tape from 1993. You know the one I'm talking about, with that "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" song on it. Jackson taps into his inner lounge lizard on "Golden Bird", almost veering into Michael Bublé territory. It's still pretty fun, something they remind us about at the very end - Life IS supposed to be fun! You know what else is fun? Giving Facebook.com/YourFutureLovers a ‘Like,' after which you can help yourself to free downloads of album tracks "Snowballs" and "Somebody in the Dark".
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on 2012-11-14 Michael_Morrison Said:
Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There's something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever "it" is - they all seem to have "it".
Today I listened to the latest CD from Southern California based 4 piece band Your Future Lovers who just released their latest CD entitled: "Eat, Play, Live" in 2012. Venturing to their website I get the impression this band Tom Jackson (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Greg McFall (Bass), Alan Chang (Keys), and Brad Ranola (Drums) is extremely determined, dedicated and passionate about the songwriting craft. From start to finish this CD from Your Future Lovers is a very entertaining musical experience all around. It has a very warm and inviting Pop-Rock quality to it. It also reminds me of Blue October, Lifehouse, Maroon 5 and Adam Levine. Any fans of any of these musical styles or bands will enjoy this latest release. It's clearly marketed for those who like a male vocal front with amazing musicianship in the background. I get the impression lead singer Tom Jackson is being true to himself as an artist via this compelling 11 track line up. In other words he hits the mark remarkably well by just by being who they are musically. Favorite tracks for me include (Snowballs), (This Song on the Radio) and (Somebody in the Dark).The songwriting is very impressive and digs a bit deeper than the next independent artist. Within each one of these pieces Jackson and company bare their souls and delivers what I would call pure musical mojo. It offers much in the way of a "groove-ability". The playing from his band and Top Tiered Production strokes is spot on and just makes the whole CD even more enjoyable. The overall vibe of the production is very upbeat, passionate and cheerful.
I see Your Future Lovers as a diamond in the rough, with an amazing amount of potential. As time goes by we will no doubt hear more from this amazing band down the road. Let me go on record and say Your Future Lovers is a lucrative record deal waiting to happen. I also wouldn't be surprised to hear his music on Prime Time Radio someday or even in featured in Film or a TV Production. In close most famous artists out there have "it" I'm not so sure what "it" is but Your Future Lovers has whatever "it" may be.
West Lothian, Scotland (UK)