São Paulo punks Futuro

Eric Phipps

Futuro

Futuro is an absolute ripper of a band. The São Paulo band with a long history of playing music together, they've shown a willingness to both stretch out and experiment and still deliver peals of thrashing punk. In advance of their new album, Futuro II, Futuro has shared two new songs which should help solidify their reputation as one of the best in Brazil's scene.

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Formerly known as B.U.S.H. (name changed to dissociate them from the similarly named grunge pop band) when Futuro's original singer Kalota left, he suggested they try a female lead. Less than a year later, Mila made her debut on vocals, and Futuro returned reinvigorated, already releasing a new EP, contributing to compilations and about to release a full album.

[Photo by Mateus Mondini]

In the band's previous incarnation as B.U.S.H. they took elements of post-punk, sixties garage rock and 80s hardcore weaving the history of underground rock's history into a new whole. This synthesis lead to some interesting tone changes often within the same song (check out New American Century's “Nao Sou Skate Punk” as it shifts from a blistering skate punk jam into a sustained psyche jam freak out before morphing back on itself). This experimentation slowed a bit as the band found its sound, content to incorporate these disparate elements directly into songs.

These two new songs are an improvement on an already impressive reconfiguration. Mila's presence on the songs show she and the musicians working in perfect sync. Vocals and instruments mesh as the entire band starts and stops before making violent turns in new directions, no member once losing place. The previewed songs about rising cynicism and distrust of authority are well tread topics in hardcore, but after seeing images of violence against World Cup protesters, everything becomes far more immediate and visceral.

Hit up their Bandcamp page for a history lesson before the release of the new album.

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