Future Haunts new EP Rubicon lives up to its definition, with lament laden and morose themes all surrounding the point of no return. This theme is one we’re all familiar with, either as a willing participant or via sitting back and watching a scene unfold in front of our eyes.
From the outset, Climb plays into the notion of “going against the grain.” With a distinctly Oasis tinted sound, this song would be the perfect backing track to the slow pan in of a camera in the reflection scene of a movie. Specifically, the one where the main antagonist has their “What have I done?” face, yeah, you know the one.
While Climb is about participating, second track Spaces is about standing back and reflecting on what has transpired, evident in the lyrics “I don’t wanna think about it.” Both tracks ruminate with murky guitar and almost groaning vocals, which builds on the record’s hazy atmosphere of self-consideration and lament.
In a surprising change of tone In Droves adds a clearer sound, with less prominent distortion of guitars, and brighter riffs. This track still has that echo-ey delay sound, but throws a distinct The Cure vibe.
Continuing on with the trend of a more upbeat sound, Jumping The Shark, is a standout track on the EP. Here the band has seamlessly incorporated a drum centric build up, generating the feeling of a pivotal climatic point of realisation.
Devon Loch, is the ultimate bittersweet ending for a record like this, it’s almost saying we should’ve learnt better, but we didn’t. It ties the record together and leaves you wanting more.
Overall, Rubicon takes the listener on a stunning sonic journey through the aftermath of decision making “I don’t wanna let it go… I didn’t pledge to be,” where we take the road more travelled, and look at what has become of the path. A solid debut from a band we can’t wait to hear more from!
Catch Future Haunts at their Brisbane Rubicon EP Launch at the Bearded Lady on 24 September. More event info available here.