Future Women





When I first moved out to NYC, the Big Apple provided me with an ample supply of great new bands to keep my hunger for music satisfied. While the current supply of groups here in NYC seems to be shrinking, Chicago has been overflowing new talent that is worth taking note of. The most recent Chi-town group that I have been enjoying is The M's, who have a brand new album titled Future Women. This marks their sophomore effort, which is filled with fuzzed-out guitars and brilliant three-part harmonies that have more to do with '60s Britpop than modern American indie rock. The album explodes with the opening track "Plan Of The Man", dripping with the melodic goodness of the Kinks up to the explosive brass-filled chorus. It isn't all trumpets and handclaps, as "Trucker Speed" shows that deep down this is a rock & roll band, with dirty distorted guitar licks weaving throughout the track, which are joined by a string ensemble towards the end. The band's selection of unique instrumentation, such as xylophone, helps add a fun pop sensibility to “My Gun”, or the saxophones and horns on “Mansion In The Valley”, keep this album full of surprises from start to finish. The ending of "Mansion In The Valley" even reminds me a bit of Parklife-era Blur with its bombastic brassy ending. This is an ambitious album that has definitely made me a fan. With choral hooks this big and stellar pop songwriting to support them, The M's are well on their way to greatness. Just listen to "Darling Lucia" if you need any more proof. This six-minute jam takes plenty of cues from the Beatles' "A Day In The Life" with multiple musical movements crammed into one fantastic song. The British invasion is alive in well, except for the fact that it has been taken over by an American band in Chicago. If you like Ray Davies, classic Rolling Stones or The Who, make sure that The M's are on your radar.

The M's
Polyvinyl

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Future Women