Future Rock “One Day” Fall Tour Stops at Canopy Club
by Josh Krol
Fresh off a busy summer that included performances at Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and North Coast Music Festival. Future Rock is back for a short eight date tour in support of “One Day,” the band’s new EP released through 1320 Records.
October 19th’s performance at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL marked the second show of the Future Rock mini tour. It was a rainy Friday on the University of Illinois campus as kids dodged raindrops and puddles on the way to the show looking to rage on.
Zmick opened the show but unfortunately for them, the weather kept many away from the venue. Even though there was only about a handful of ragers on hand to open the night, the Chicago quartet put on a high energy, jazz inspired rock show.
According to their website Zmick “can be described as a modern interpretation of progressive rock.” Zmick’s lyrical sound is strongly influenced by soul funk, folk, and rock, while their instrumentals are influenced by jazz, fusion and electronica.
As the opener wrapped up the set, the crowd started to drizzle in. The clock struck 11 and the Chicago native Future Rock walked on to the stage to a strong chorus of cheers and whistles. From the sound of it one would have thought that there was a much larger crowd than the meer 250 that was in attendance that night.
The small crowd didn’t phase the band as Felix Moreno (bass), Mickey Kellerman (keyboard), and Darren Heitz (drums) broke into a synth heavy groove that had the place dancing immediately.
Future Rock incorporates heavy synth lines and layers them across funk inspired bass lines as a disco grounded drum beat leads them through tracks that will have you in a dance frenzy.
Even though The Canopy Club is a smaller venue, the lights glowed in full effect. As the group ripped through new songs such as the title track to the new EP, “One Day,” the pyramid of LED’s behind them illuminated the dance floor. Playing through grooves spanning all four albums with lasers spreading across a sea of ragers, the small crowd gave big props to the trio.
Finishing the show off with “Ode to a Droid,” Felix raised his bass high in salute to those of us who chose to spend our Friday with Future Rock.
After the show Ray John was able to catch up with Felix who had nothing but praise for those who listen to the band.
“Thank you guys. It means so much to me, and the band, that you come out to these shows,” he said as he smiled. “We do it for you and it’s great to see such a positive reaction., it makes it all worth it,”
The release of the “One Day” EP through 1320 Records is available as a free download online. Also, be sure to check the band’s website for December tour dates which will be announced soon.