Rushmore is the long-awaited sophomore EP from Brisbane quartet Future Haunts, a band who formed five years ago with the prominent influences of The War on Drugs and The Stone Roses. A loud second slice of the talented outfit’s rock-laden musical pie, Rushmore provides passionate performances both instrumentally and vocally.

Driving drumming keeps the record at a relatively high tempo, while the band’s confidence to provide breathing space in the tracks with glorious instrumental breaks, is a firm highlight. The EP’s centerpiece, Silence Is Golden,is a thoroughly entertaining epic that takes the quartet’s sound and mixes it with hints of Queens of the Stone Age, British India and a beautifully Western-esque guitar tone.

The track Jesus Tote Bag continues the big scope with loud fuzzy guitars and a throbbing bass line. The banger is topped off with a wonderfully ethereal instrumental outro with layered finger-plucking guitars which is complimented perfectly by the drums and bass, giving further evidence to the quartet’s tightness. Saving the best till last comes Slow Evolve, a track that sounds a bit like old school Kings Of Leon with all of the ferocity. Passionately cool vocal delivery is matched by the incredible guitar-scape that ends the release on an extremely high note.

On their sophomore EP Rushmore, Future Haunts deliver a second slice of rock heaven that we can’t get enough of.


This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.